Staff profile - Helen Skouteris

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Prof Helen Skouteris

Position: Associate Head Of School (Research And Research Training)
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17699 +61 3 925 17699



  • Doctor of Psychology, La Trobe University, 1997


Society for Research in Child Development

Australasian Human Development Association

Australian Psychological Society

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society


Teaching Interests

Helen Skouteris is Unit Chair of HPS202/772. She currently supervises the following students:


Skye McPhie - Maternal correlates of preschool child eating and BMI

Jo Fraser - Paternal correlates of preschool child eating and BMI

Defne Demir - The influence of bi-directional parent-child interactions on preschool childrens eating and BMI

Jo Phillips - Psychosocial predictors of postpartum weight retention after pregnancy

Emily de Jager - Psychosocial determinants of exclusive breastfeeding

Millicent Holmes - Use of experience sampling methodology to evaluate body dissatisfaction in females.


Sofia Rallis - Predictors of psychological distress across pregnancy and postpartum: A prospective study assessing women every month

Kim Yiong Wee - Prospective correlates of paternal depression pre and post birth

Briony Hill - Psychosocial predictors of excessive gestational weight gain

Conferences and seminars



Research projects


2010 - Faculty Human Ethics Advisory Group Reviewer


Member of Editorial Board, Early Child Development and Care (2010 - )

Reviewer of papers submitted for publication in: Australian Psychologist, Australian Journal of Early Childhood; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Journal of Affective Disorders, Body Image, Cognitive Development, Developmental Science, Obesity Reviews, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Journal of Womens Health, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Women & Health, BMC Public Health, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, British Journal of Nutrition, Australian Journal of Psychology, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Child Care Health and Development (25 papers reviewed to date in 2010)

Assessor of 17 external Postgraduate theses (2002-present)


Parent member of Bentleigh West Primary School Council and convenor of Education

and Policy Subcommittee (2003- )

Critical Friend to Principal Bentleigh West Primary School (2006- )

Chair, Glen Eira Community Alliance for Early Childhood Development (2009- )

Executive Committee Member and Community Liaison Officer, Oakleigh Cannons Junior Football Club (2007- ); over 500 children from 5-18 years are enrolled at the club.

Executive Board Member, African Leadership, Learning and Advocacy Group (2009- )

Member, Health and Wellbeing Reference Group and Governance Group Berry Street

(2010 - )

Research interests

Helen is currently engaged as a chief investigator in the following research projects:

  • An early Intervention for mental health problems among children in middle Primary School: Comparisons, Openness, Peers and Esteem (COPE);
  • Parental risk factors for obesity in preschoolers, including sedentary activities, such as media use, physical activity and dietary intake;
  • Psychological distress across pregnancy and postpartum;
  • Excessive gestational weight gain;
  • The causes and effects of depression pre and post birth in men;
  • Moment-by-moment fluctuations in body dissatisfaction among adolescents and adults;
  • Promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts;
  • Association between early childhood caries and childhood obesity.

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