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A/Prof. Jacqui Macdonald



Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Associate Professor Macdonald's research uses data from longitudinal studies spanning multiple generations to gain a deeper understanding of social and emotional development. She co-leads Lifecourse Sciences within the SEED Lifespan research centre. She has a particular interest in lifecourse trajectories of boys to fathers and is national convenor of the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium. A/Prof Macdonald established Deakin's Men and Parenting Pathways (MAPP) research program that investigates men’s mental health and wellbeing and how it affects and is affected by family life. She leads the 1 in 10 men project, informing prevention of and treatment for paternal mental health problems, funded by Australia's Medical Research Future Fund. She is an investigator on the 41-year, multi-generation Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study.

A/Prof Macdonald's research also investigates access to health system supports particular related to men's and fathers mental health. She led the Australian Department of Health evidence review of Men’s and Boy’s Barriers to Health System Access to inform the National Men's Health Strategy 2020-2030,

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Research interests

Dr Macdonald conducts research in the following areas:

  • Paternal mental health and wellbeing: Family history and individual factors and social determinants 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 including childhood, adolescent and young adulthood predictors of caregiving and the parent-infant bond.
  • Men's access to the healthcare.

Dr Macdonald's research draws on data multiple longitudinal studies. These include 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 a longitudinal study of 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

Associate Professor Macdonald 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

Perinatal mental health and wellbeing


Men's and boys's mental health and healthcare access

Professional activities

Convener: The Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium (

Movember Global Men's Health Advisory Committee (

Scientific Advisory Group: Australian Longitudinal Study on Men's Health - Ten to Men (


Winner of the 2021 Australian Men’s Health Award for outstanding contribution to men’s health research


The Men and Parenting Pathways (MAPP) Study (Chief investigator)

1 in 10 Men: Informing prevention of and treatment for paternal mental health problem (Chief investigator)

Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study (Investigator)


No publications found

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, A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald, Dr Joanne Ryan, Andrew Lewis, Dr Benjamin Edwards

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $5,533
  • 2018: $104,319
  • 2017: $23,981
  • 2016: $141,517

Intergenerational determinants of child development on school entry

Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Ann Sanson, Prof Peter Enticott, Prof Jennifer Mcintosh, Asst/Prof Martin Guhn, A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2022: $119,007
  • 2021: $75,562
  • 2020: $102,668

1 in 10 men: Informing prevention of and treatment for paternal mental health problems

A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald, Dr Zac Seidler, Prof Craig Olsson, A/Prof Delyse Hutchinson, Dr Liz Spry, Prof Craig Garfield, Dr Samantha Teague, Dr Christopher Greenwood, Dr Tina Kretschmer

MRFF (NHMRC) - MMM Mental Health Research Grant

  • 2023: $894,072

Other Public Sector Funding

Literature review on barriers to health system access by men and boys.

A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald, Prof Craig Olsson, Dr Jake Linardon

Australian Government Department of Health

  • 2020: $90,000
  • 2019: $60,000

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluation of Relationships Australia Victoria Support for Fathers program.

A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald, Dr Karen Wynter

Relationships Australia (Victoria)

  • 2022: $7,500
  • 2021: $22,500

Movember Men's health Education Project

A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald

Movember Group P/L as Trustee for The Movember Foundation

  • 2023: $1,125
  • 2022: $4,625


Principal Supervisor

Imogene Smith

Thesis entitled: Fatherhood Desire: Associations with Paternal Mental Health and Father-Child Bonding

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Anna Booth

Thesis entitled: Predicting Parental Sensitivity: Contextual Stress Exposure Across Preconception to Parenthood

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


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

Executive Supervisor

Gypsy O'Dea

Thesis entitled: Mother-infant bonding: Associations with perinatal mental health and infant development.

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Julianne Livingston

Thesis entitled: Paternal Coping and Mental Health in Early Fatherhood

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology