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Rhiannon Pilkington

Postdoctoral research fellow, BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group, University of Adelaide

Dr Rhiannon Pilkington is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide, South Australia, as a part of the BetterStart Child Health and Development research group led by Professor John Lynch. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in translational research, epidemiologic research methods, data linkage, and the analysis of large, population datasets. Her research focuses on investigating early-life conditions that contribute to child health and development. She has spent the past 4 years working in collaborative partnerships with government child protection, health, and education departments using administrative data to inform the development, targeting, and evaluation of programs aimed at improving child health and development. Her research is primarily in child protection, with other projects investigating the effect of different forms of early life adversity on long-term outcomes for children in South Australia.


  • 2011–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Adelaide