Reproductive Health


The School of Psychology reproductive health team focus on research conducted through pregnancy and the postpartum with an emphasis on gestational weight gain and maternal and paternal psychosocial health and wellbeing, including ante- and postnatal depression, anxiety, stress, and body dissatisfaction.


Staff

Professor Helen Skouteris

Helen Skouteris 

Helen Skouteris is a Professor of the School of Psychology at Deakin's Burwood Campus.

All of Helen's research work emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices early on in life with the understanding that prevention is better than cure. She is currently securing funding for a Healthy Eating and Active Living program for young people in residential care, in order to embed exercise and nutrition habits in the welfare sector.

Another exciting project Helen is running involves working with pre-school children and their teachers to develop a curricula that encourages 4 year olds to make healthier, more sustainable food choices. There are two goals here: to teach children early on about how eating healthy and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle from a young age is vital for their wellbeing, but also about how their lifestyle choices can affect the environment.

Helen is also trying to prevent the burden of postpartum maternal obesity. Her research involves evaluating different ways to help with healthy weight gain during pregnancy as well as healthy postnatal weight loss. She aims to work with the whole Allied Health sector to target pre-conception, promoting health and wellbeing before, during and after pregnancy. 

Helen did her Honours and PhD at La Trobe, lecturing there as part of the academic staff for 20 years. She moved to Deakin in 2008 when she was appointed to a 4 year Obesity Prevention Capacity Building Research Fellow position. There she used her knowledge of environmental psychology to boost a unit that was mostly run by researchers with a physical health background. Now part of the executive management board for research at Deakin, Helen uses her leadership role as a professor to implement real world research with directly translatable outcomes for the Australian public. She aims to become a world-leading expert in maternal and childhood obesity prevention and to lead a world class centre of research excellence.

Dr Melissa Hayden

hayden 

Lecturer

School of Psychology
Melbourne Burwood Campus

Dr Merrilyn Hooley

hooley 

Lecturer

School of Psychology
Melbourne Burwood Campus

Dr Emily Kothe

Emily Kothe 

Lecturer

School of Psychology
Melbourne Burwood Campus

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