Research Focus Areas
Research within this stream is coordinated through The Melbourne Attachment and Caregiving (MAC) Consortium, which is an Australian affiliate of the internationally renowned Mary Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic. The MAC Consortium is founded on the Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study (see Lifecourse and Surveillance), funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council. The MAC Consortium has strong community based, clinical and educational programs, and offers the only accredited training in coding of attachment and caregiving behaviour for the Strange Situation Procedure in Australia.
The SoAR Lab focuses on understanding the underlying systems that regulate the way that people interact in their relationships. Drawing on some of the major theories in social psychology and personality, our lab studies relationships across the entire span of adulthood (including the transition to young adulthood). Our laboratory aims to gain insight into the processes that govern the functioning of close relationships and their outcomes. Our research targets a wide variety of contexts which currently include important life events, transitions and emerging social issues that can impact on relationships. We aim to bridge the gap between science and practice by making our research accessible to the academic and therapeutic communities as well as the general public.