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Dr Jacqui Macdonald



Deans Research Postdoctoral Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Macdonald is a researcher and senior lecturer in developmental psychology with expertise in longitudinal and intergenerational studies of social and emotional development. She co-leads the Lifecourse Sciences Theme within Deakin University’s Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) and she is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She leads a body of research on paternal perinatal mental health and wellbeing and sits on the steering committee of the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium. She is a chief investigator on the Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study co-located at Deakin University and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Research interests

Dr Macdonald conducts research in the following areas:

  • Childhood, adolescent and young adulthood predictors of caregiving and the parent-infant bond.
  • Paternal mental health and wellbeing: Family history and individual factors that influence the experience of fathering and predict paternal behaviours and mental health problems (e.g., risk for depression, anxiety, stress, substance use and anger) and wellbeing (e.g., positive work/family balance, purpose in life, secure family attachments, social engagement)
  • Longitudinal and intergenerational pathways of development.

Dr Macdonald's research draws on data from the Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 (ATPG3) study, the Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study (VIHCS) and the Men and Parenting Pathways (MAPP) study. The first two are prospective intergenerational studies investigating the development of offspring born to participants in the original main cohorts. The MAPP study is an ongoing 5- year longitudinal study exploring men's psychological health during the peak age for having children.


Honorary Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne

Teaching interests

Dr Macdonald teaches Personality and Developmental Psychology.

She supervises PhD and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) students as well as honours and 4th year graduate diploma students.

Knowledge areas

Developmental psychology

Intergenerational lifecourse studies

Paternal perinatal mental health and wellbeing

Caregiving and attachment behavioural systems


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Adolescent care-orientation and positive development in young adulthood

Delyse Hutchinson, George Youssef, Adrienne Buhagiar, Samantha Teague, Jacqui Macdonald, Primrose Letcher, Chris Greenwood, Jennifer Mcintosh, John Toumbourou, William Hallam, Helen Skouteris, Ann Sanson, C Olsson

(2019), Vol. 64, pp. 63-69, Journal of adolescent health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The parental bonds of adolescent girls and next-generation maternal-infant bonding: findings from the Victorian intergenerational health cohort study

J Macdonald, G Youssef, L Phillips, E Spry, Y Alway, G Patton, C Olsson

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 171-180, Archives of women's mental health, Vienna, Austria, C1


Contextual stress and maternal sensitivity: a meta-analytic review of stress associations with the Maternal Behavior Q-Sort in observational studies

A Booth, J Macdonald, G Youssef

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 145-177, Developmental review, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Mother-infant and partner-infant emotional availability at 12-months of age: findings from an Australian longitudinal study

L Rossen, R Mattick, J Wilson, L Burns, J Macdonald, C Olsson, S Allsop, E Elliott, S Jacobs, C McCormack, D Hutchinson

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 893-916, Infancy, Chichester, Eng., C1


Psychosocial profiles of adolescents from dissolved families: differences in depressive symptoms in emerging adulthood

Laura Di Manno, Jacqui Macdonald, George Youseff, Keriann Little, C Olsson

(2018), Vol. 241, pp. 325-337, Journal of affective disorders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Retention strategies in longitudinal cohort studies: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Samantha Teague, George Youssef, Jacqui Macdonald, Emma Sciberras, Adrian Shatte, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Chris Greenwood, Jennifer McIntosh, Craig Olsson, Delyse Hutchinson, SEED Lifecourse Sciences Theme

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-22, BMC medical research methodology, London, Eng., C1


The "Sensory Deprivation Tank": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of men's expectations of first-time fatherhood

C Kings, T Knight, D Ryan, J Macdonald

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 112-122, Psychology of men and masculinity, Washington, D.C., C1


Maternal bonding through pregnancy and postnatal: findings from an Australian longitudinal study

L Rossen, D Hutchinson, J Wilson, L Burns, S Allsop, E Elliott, S Jacobs, J Macdonald, C Olsson, R Mattick

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 808-817, American journal of perinatology, New York, N.Y., C1


Sometimes it's good to be short: the serotonin transporter gene, positive parenting, and adolescent depression

K Little, C Olsson, S Whittle, J Macdonald, L Sheeber, G Youssef, J Simmons, A Sanson, D Foley, N Allen

(2017), pp. 1-19, Child development, Chichester, Eng., C1


Relationships between problematic alcohol consumption and delinquent behaviour from adolescence to young adulthood

P Miller, E Butler, B Richardson, P Staiger, G YOUSSEF, J MACDONALD, A Sanson, B Edwards, C Olsson

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 317-325, Drug and alcohol review, London, Eng., C1


Care orientation in the teens as a predictor of young adult psychosocial adjustment

D Hutchinson, J Macdonald, W Hallam, R Leung, J Toumbourou, R McGee, G Tooley, S Hemphill, H Skouteris, C Olsson

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 2051-2076, Journal of happiness studies, New York, N.Y., C1


Predictors of postnatal mother-infant bonding: the role of antenatal bonding, maternal substance use and mental health

L Rossen, D Hutchinson, J Wilson, L Burns, C Olsson, S Allsop, E Elliott, S Jacobs, J Macdonald, R Mattick

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 609-622, Archives of women's mental health, Berlin, Germany, C1


Associations between parent-child relationship quality and obesogenic risk in adolescence: a systematic review of recent literature

C Blewitt, H Bergmeier, J Macdonald, C Olsson, H Skouteris

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 612-622, Obesity review, London, Eng., C1


Negative reactivity and parental warmth in early adolescence, and depressive symptoms in emerging adulthood

B Lloyd, J Macdonald, G Youssef, T Knight, P Letcher, A Sanson, C Olsson

(2016), Vol. 69, pp. 121-129, Australian journal of psychology, Chichester, Eng., C1


The natural history of internalizing behaviours from adolescence to emerging adulthood: findings from the Australian Temperament Project

K Betts, P Baker, R Alati, J McIntosh, J Macdonald, P Letcher, C Olsson

(2016), Vol. 46, pp. 2815-2827, Psychological medicine, Cambridge, Eng., C1


The intergenerational continuity of breastfeeding intention, initiation, and duration: a systematic review.

L Di Manno, J Macdonald, T Knight

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 5-15, Birth, London, Eng., C1


Family dissolution and offspring depression and depressive symptoms: a systematic review of moderation effects

L Di Manno, J Macdonald, T Knight

(2015), Vol. 188, pp. 68-79, Journal of affective disorders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Age-related differences in inhibitory control in the early school years

J Macdonald, M Beauchamp, J Crigan, P Anderson

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 1-18, Child neuropsychology: a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence, Abringdon, Eng., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Intergenerational Prediction of Social and Early Emotional Development

Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Ann Sanson, Prof Rob McGee, Prof Jennifer Mcintosh, A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Dr Jacqui Macdonald, Dr Joanne Ryan, Andrew Lewis, Dr Benjamin Edwards

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $104,319
  • 2017: $23,981
  • 2016: $141,517


Principal Supervisor

Laura Marie Di Manno

Thesis entitled: Variation in Depression Outcomes among Young People from Dissolved Families

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Jernej Hribernik

Thesis entitled: Life History Links Between Family-of-Origin, Puberty and Reproductive Strategy

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Rhian Coram

Thesis entitled: Effects of Preconception Disordered Eating on Next Generation Birth Outcomes

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology