Dr Michelle Benstead





Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus



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Not all child-to-parent violence is the same: A person-based analysis using the function of aggression

T Harries, A Curtis, D Skvarc, M Benstead, A Walker, R Mayshak

(2024), pp. 1-21, Family Relations, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Using effective community coalitions to prevent mental and behavioral disorders on a national scale

J Toumbourou, E Westrupp, M Benstead, B Klettke, E Clancy, A Kelly, N Reavley, B Rowland

(2024), Vol. 33, pp. 1-7, Mental Health and Prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Program logic of a service collaboration to support parents with intellectual disability

E Doery, J Varcoe, M Benstead, M Ghayour-Minaie, R Sheils, S Kavanagh, K Little, A Pert, J Toumbourou

(2024), Vol. 37, pp. 1-9, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Parenting and Relationship Maintenance

Elizabeth Westrupp, Emma Marshall, Clair Bennett, Michelle Benstead, Gabriella King, Gery Karantzas

(2023), pp. 427-460, The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Romantic Relationships, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

School Influences on Adolescent Depression: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study Amongst Catholic, Government and Independent Schools, in Victoria, Australia

Bosco Rowland, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Adrian Kelly, Michelle Benstead, Jess Herde, Elizabeth Clancy, Jennifer Bailey, Bill Hallam, Paul Sharkey, Robyn Horner, John Toumbourou

(2023), Vol. 62, pp. 1136-1156, Journal of Religion and Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Dating in the dark: A qualitative examination of dating experiences in Dark Tetrad personalities

Richelle Mayshak, Dominika Howard, Michelle Benstead, Anna Klas, David Skvarc, Travis Harries, Brittany Patafio, Abby Sleep, Ross King, Shannon Hyder

(2023), Vol. 143, pp. 107680-107680, Computers in Human Behavior, C1

journal article

Program logic of a mental health outreach service for socially anxious youth

M Benstead, J Stones, G Gibson, L Moody, K Little, J Toumbourou

(2023), Vol. 97, pp. 1-8, Evaluation and Program Planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cognitive control moderates the maturation of relational aggression in adults

David Skvarc, Travis Harries, Nathan Harris, Shannon Hyder, Brittany Patafio, Dominika Howard, Hannah Bereznicki, Ashlee Curtis, Michelle Benstead, Richelle Mayshak

(2023), Vol. 212, pp. 1-7, Personality and Individual Differences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

BEST-Foundations: a mixed methods exploration of the feasibility of a novel intervention treating internalising symptoms in children

M Benstead, A Lewis, T Knight, B Rowland, J Toumbourou

(2023), pp. 1-15, Australian Psychologist, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Strategies to increase uptake of parent education programs in preschool and school settings to improve child outcomes: A delphi study

W Sim, J Toumbourou, E Clancy, E Westrupp, M Benstead, M Yap

(2021), Vol. 18, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Exploring Perinatal Indicators of Infant Social-Emotional Development: A Review of the Replicated Evidence

J McIntosh, C Olsson, M Schuijers, E Tan, F Painter, A Schnabel, G LeBas, S Higgs-Howarth, M Benstead, A Booth, D Hutchinson

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 450-483, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, United States, C1

journal article

The logic and service theory of the Social Inclusion Program

Jason Stones, Grant Gibson, Lisa-Jane Moody, Keri Little, Michelle Benstead, John Toumbourou

(2020), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Family partnerships to support children and young people's mental health: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for Be You

Elizabeth Clancy, Michelle Benstead, Keri Little, David Skvarc, Elizabeth Westrupp, Marie Yap, Sophie Havighurst, John Toumbourou

(2019), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

A review of alcohol and drug education and early intervention programs in Australian government schools

Bosco Rowland, Michelle Benstead, Matin Ghayour Minaie, Heidi Renner, R Smith, John Toumbourou

(2019), Burwood, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

The impact on family functioning of social media use by depressed adolescents: a qualitative analysis of the family options study

A Lewis, T Knight, G Germanov, M Benstead, C Joseph, L Poole

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, Frontiers in psychiatry, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Bethany Connect Up Evaluation

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Bosco Rowland, Dr Elizabeth Clancy, Dr Michelle Benstead

Bethany Community Support Inc

  • 2019: $45,000

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

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

Ian Potter Foundation Grant - Research

  • 2021: $40,000
  • 2020: $50,000
  • 2019: $60,000

Sax Institute Review of Family School Partnerships.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Elizabeth Clancy, Dr David Skvarc, A/Prof Elizabeth Westrupp, Dr Keri Little, Dr Michelle Benstead

The Sax Institute

  • 2019: $25,000

Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a centralised, evidence-based assessment framework for child and family practitioners.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Bosco Rowland, Ms Amber Donnelly, Miss Tina Hosseini, Dr Michelle Benstead

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2020: $20,000
  • 2019: $20,000

Evaluation of Supporting Parents with an Intellectual Disability Program.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Keri Little, Dr Michelle Benstead, Ms Elizabeth Doery

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2022: $9,000
  • 2021: $15,000

BCYF Research Strategy.

Prof John Toumbourou, A/Prof Elizabeth Westrupp, Dr Michelle Benstead

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2022: $30,000

Peer Support Australia Program Evaluation & Research Advisory Support.

Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Elizabeth Clancy, Dr Bianca Klettke, Dr Michelle Benstead, Dr Robyn Moffitt

Peer Support Australia

  • 2024: $6,000
  • 2023: $14,000

Evaluation of support program for parents with intellectual disability.

Prof John Toumbourou, Prof Jane McGillivray, Dr Michelle Benstead, Dr Keri Little, Dr Matin Ghayour-Minaie, Dr Rebecca Sheils

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2023: $85,000

Toolbox Education Program Explication.

Dr Michelle Benstead, Dr Meu Supol, Prof John Toumbourou, Dr Jesse Shapiro

Toolbox Education Pty Ltd

  • 2024: $2,500
  • 2023: $7,500

Evaluation of online intervention to prevent student alcohol and other drug harm.

Prof John Toumbourou, Prof Catherine Bennett, A/Prof Matthew Dunn, Dr Michelle Benstead

Bendigo Bank

  • 2023: $14,545


Associate Supervisor

Travis Michael Harries

Thesis entitled: Exploring Typologies of Child-to-Parent Violence

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology