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Dr Elizabeth Westrupp



Senior Lecturer in Psychology


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Biography summary

Dr Westrupp is a clinical psychologist, who has focused her research efforts on understanding the biological, social and environmental factors that influence children’s long-term developmental outcomes. She has expertise in clinical and population-level longitudinal research and cohort studies, and randomised control trials of parenting interventions across the hospital and community settings.

Research interests

Dr Westrupp's research focusses on child development and parenting.


Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Honorary Research Fellow, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University

Teaching interests

Clinical psychology; psychological assessment; counselling; case management. 

Units taught

HPY723 - Psychological Assessment in Practice

HPY710 - Case Management and Professional Issues

Professional activities

Dr Westrupp is a National Convener of the Prevention Sciences Network for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY); and co-leads the Intervention Sciences Theme of the Deakin Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED).


Dr Elizabeth Westrupp's PhD thesis was nominated for the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence.  In 2017, she was nominated for the international Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, by Purdue University, Boston.


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Vocabulary development and trajectories of behavioral and emotional difficulties via academic ability and peer problems

Elizabeth Westrupp, Sheena Reilly, Cristina McKean, James Law, Fiona Mensah, Jan Nicholson

(2019), pp. 1-18, Child development, Chichester, Eng., C1


Crossover of parents' work-family conflict to family functioning and child mental health

A Vahedi, I Krug, E Westrupp

(2019), Vol. 62, pp. 38-49, Journal of applied developmental psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Health outcomes for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children born preterm, low birthweight or small for gestational age: a nationwide cohort study

Elizabeth Westrupp, Fabrizio D'Esposito, Jane Freemantle, Fiona Mensah, Jan Nicholson

(2019), Vol. 14, pp. 1-13, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1


Reconnecting mothers and children after violence (RECOVER): a feasibility study protocol of child-parent psychotherapy in Australia

Leesa Hooker, Emma Toone, Vibhay Raykar, Cathy Humphreys, Anita Morris, Elizabeth Westrupp, Angela Taft

(2019), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1


Maternal Work-Family Experiences: Longitudinal Influences on Child Mental Health through Inter-Parental Conflict

A Vahedi, I Krug, M Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, E Westrupp

(2019), pp. 1-12, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Berlin, Germany, C1


Early home activities and oral language skills in middle childhood: a quantile analysis

J Law, R Rush, T King, E Westrupp, S Reilly

(2018), Vol. 89, pp. 295-309, Child development, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Repeated early-life exposure to inter-parental conflict increases risk of preadolescent mental health problems

E Westrupp, S Brown, H Woolhouse, D Gartland, J Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 177, pp. 419-427, European journal of pediatrics, Berlin, Germany, C1


Emotional-behavioral resilience among children of first-time mothers with and without depression across the early childhood period

R Giallo, D Gartland, H Woolhouse, F Mensah, E Westrupp, J Nicholson, S Brown

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 214-224, International journal of behavioral development, London, Eng., C1-1


What influences parental engagement in early intervention? Parent, program and community predictors of enrolment, retention and involvement

N Hackworth, J Matthews, E Westrupp, C Nguyen, T Phan, A Scicluna, W Cann, D Bethelsen, S Bennetts, J Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 880-893, Prevention science, New York, N.Y., C1


EHLS at school: school-age follow-up of the early home learning study cluster randomized controlled trial

E Westrupp, C Bennett, M Cullinane, N Hackworth, D Berthelsen, S Reilly, F Mensah, L Gold, S Bennetts, P Levickis, J Nicholson

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-11, BMC pediatrics, London, Eng., C1


Longitudinal associations between work-family conflict and enrichment, inter-parental conflict, and child internalizing and externalizing problems

Andisheh Vahedi, Isabel Krug, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Elizabeth Westrupp

(2018), Vol. 211, pp. 251-260, Social science & medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Impact of a brief group intervention to enhance parenting and the home learning environment for children aged 6-36 months: a cluster randomised controlled trial

N Hackworth, D Berthelsen, J Matthews, E Westrupp, W Cann, O Ukoumunne, S Bennetts, T Phan, A Scicluna, M Trajanovska, M Yu, J Nicholson

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 337-349, Prevention science, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Establishing agreement between parent-reported and directly-measured behaviours

S Bennetts, E Westrupp, J Nicholson, F Mensah, N Hackworth, S Reilly

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 105-115, Australasian journal of early childhood, Deakin, A.C.T., C1-1


Parents' transitions into and out of work-family conflict and children's mental health: longitudinal influence via family functioning

H Dinh, A Cooklin, L Leach, E Westrupp, J Nicholson, L Strazdins

(2017), Vol. 194, pp. 42-50, Social science & medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Perinatal and social factors predicting caesarean birth in a 2004 Australian birth cohort

S Robson, H Vally, A-L Mohamed, M Yu, E Westrupp

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 506-510, Women and birth, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Mothers' experiences of parent-reported and video-recorded observational assessments

S Bennetts, F Mensah, J Green, N Hackworth, E Westrupp, S Reilly

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 3312-3326, Journal of child and family studies, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Acquisition of maternal education and its relation to single-word reading in middle childhood: an analysis of the millennium cohort study

T King, C McKean, R Rush, E Westrupp, F Mensah, S Reilly, J Law

(2017), Vol. 63, pp. 181-209, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, Detroit, Mich., C1-1


Enhancing the early home learning environment through a brief group parenting intervention: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Jan Nicholson, Warren Cann, Jan Matthews, Donna Berthelsen, Obioha Ukoumunne, Misel Trajanovska, Shannon Bennetts, Tessa Hillgrove, Victoria Hamilton, Elizabeth Westrupp, Naomi Hackworth

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-15, BMC pediatrics, London, Eng., C1


The agreement between parent-reported and directly measured child language and parenting behaviors

Shannon Bennetts, Fiona Mensah, Elizabeth Westrupp, Naomi Hackworth, Sheena Reilly

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1-18, Frontiers in psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Fathers at work: work-family conflict, work-family enrichment and parenting in an Australian cohort

A Cooklin, E Westrupp, L Strazdins, R Giallo, A Martin, J Nicholson

(2016), Vol. 37, pp. 1611-1635, Journal of family issues, London, Eng., C1-1


Maternal work-family conflict and psychological distress: reciprocal relationships over 8 years

E Westrupp, L Strazdins, A Martin, A Cooklin, S Zubrick, J Nicholson

(2016), Vol. 78, pp. 107-126, Journal of marriage and family, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Change and stability in work-family conflict and mothers' and fathers' mental health: longitudinal evidence from an Australian cohort

A Cooklin, H Dinh, L Strazdins, E Westrupp, L Leach, J Nicholson

(2016), Vol. 155, pp. 24-34, Social science & medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Healthcare costs associated with language difficulties up to 9 years of age: Australian population-based study

E Sciberras, E Westrupp, M Wake, J Nicholson, N Lucas, F Mensah, L Gold, S Reilly

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 41-52, International journal of speech-language pathology, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Reducing and preventing internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in children with type 1 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program

E Westrupp, E Northam, K Lee, S Scratch, F Cameron

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 554-563, Pediatric diabetes, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Exposure to inter-parental conflict across 10 years of childhood: data from the longitudinal study of Australian children

E Westrupp, N Rose, J Nicholson, S Brown

(2015), Vol. 19, pp. 1966-1973, Maternal and child health journal, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Childhood health and developmental outcomes after cesarean birth in an Australian cohort

S Robson, H Vally, M Abdel-Latif, M Yu, E Westrupp

(2015), Vol. 136, pp. e1285-e1293, Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., C1-1


Mothers' work-family conflict and enrichment: associations with parenting quality and couple relationship

A Cooklin, E Westrupp, L Strazdins, R Giallo, A Martin, J Nicholson

(2015), Vol. 41, pp. 266-277, Child: care health and development, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Community-based healthcare costs for children born low birthweight, preterm and/or small for gestational age: Data from the longitudinal study of Australian children

E Westrupp, N Lucas, F Mensah, L Gold, M Wake, J Nicholson

(2014), Vol. 40, pp. 259-266, Child: Care, Health and Development, C1


Heightened maternal separation anxiety in the postpartum: the role of socioeconomic disadvantage

A Cooklin, N Lucas, L Strazdins, E Westrupp, R Giallo, L Canterford, J Nicholson

(2014), Vol. 35, pp. 1497-1519, Journal of family issues, London, Eng., C1-1


The cost of healthcare for children with mental health difficulties

N Lucas, J Bayer, L Gold, F Mensah, L Canterford, M Wake, E Westrupp, J Nicholson

(2013), Vol. 47, pp. 849-858, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, C1


Bidirectional associations between mothers' and fathers' parenting consistency and child BMI

Pauline Jansen, Rebecca Giallo, Elizabeth Westrupp, Melissa Wake, Jan Nicholson

(2013), Vol. 132, pp. e1513-e1520, Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., C1


Mental health in low-to-moderate risk preterm, low birth weight, and small for gestational age children at 4 to 5 years: the role of early maternal parenting

Elizabeth Westrupp, Fiona Mensah, Rebecca Giallo, Amanda Cooklin, Jan Nicholson

(2012), Vol. 51, pp. 313-323, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Longitudinal predictors of psychiatric disorders in very low birth weight adults

E Westrupp, E Northam, L Doyle, C Callanan, P Anderson

(2012), Vol. 43, pp. 113-123, Child psychiatry and human development, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Long-term outcome following preterm birth

N Barre, E Westrupp, K Howard, P Anderson

(2011), pp. 13-32, Contemporary Neurobehavioral Syndromes, London, Eng., B1-1


Adult psychiatric outcomes of very low birth weight survivors

E Westrupp, E Northam, L Doyle, C Callanan, P Anderson

(2011), Vol. 45, pp. 1069-1077, Australian & New Zealand journal of psychiatry, London, Eng., C1-1


Sex, postfeminist popular culture and the pre-teen girl

S Jackson, E Westrupp

(2010), Vol. 13, pp. 357-376, Sexualities, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Implementation of an evidence-based family program to improve child education outcomes in disadvantaged school communities

Dr Bosco Rowland, Prof John Toumbourou, Ms Heidi Renner, Miss Michelle Benstead, Ms Keri Little, Dr Elizabeth Westrupp, Ms Elizabeth Clancy

  • 2019: $60,000

Sax Institute Review of Family School Partnerships.

Prof John Toumbourou, Ms Elizabeth Clancy, Dr David Skvarc, Dr Elizabeth Westrupp, Ms Keri Little, Miss Michelle Benstead

  • 2019: $25,000


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