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Elizabeth Westrupp

Associate Professor in Psychology, Deakin University

Associate Professor Liz Westrupp works in the School of Psychology at Deakin University and is a registered child clinical psychologist. She co-leads the Intervention and Translation Sciences Theme of the Deakin Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED). Her research focusses on (a) understanding how families and wider social environments influence children’s development and mental health outcomes, and (b) providing parents with effective evidence-based support to improve children’s mental health and development in the long-term.

Associate Professor Westrupp has expertise in clinical and population-level longitudinal research, and randomised control trials of community based parenting programs. She currently leads:

* Daily Growth: A trial of a new smartphone app for parents of children 2-4 years, aiming to optimise parent and child outcomes: (a) tailoring parenting resources to be relevant to specific parenting situations; (b) including Indigenous-led, culturally-derived content; and (c) using machine learning to personalise the delivery of 3 types of support. Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

* The Child and Parent Emotion Study (CAPES), a longitudinal study looking at how emotions affect parenting and children’s socio-emotional wellbeing. See for more information.

* The COVID-19 Pandemic Adjustment Survey, a longitudinal study of more than 2,000 Australian parents examining the impacts of the pandemic (see


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2023–present
    Associate professor, Deakin University
  • 2014–2017
    Research Fellow, La Trobe University
  • 2011–2014
    Research Fellow, Parenting Research Centre
  • 2008–2011
    Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute