Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Research and Evaluation Unit

Research at the WCHN

Research and Evaluation Unit

Staff in the Research and Evaluation Unit undertake research in areas relevant to the mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.  During the last decade we have undertaken a number of population-based surveys which have provided information about the nature and distribution of child and adolescent mental disorders in Australia.  In addition, we have developed and evaluated interventions designed to improve the mental health and well being of children, adolescents and parents.

We work closely with health, education and welfare services. This ensures that findings from our research are translated into clinical and public health practice. We also provide research training for young investigators who are interested in developing a research careers in areas relevant to the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.

Current Research

  • The mental health and wellbeing of young people in remand: is the prevalence of mental health problems changing?
  • Does nurse home visiting improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and infants?
  • The beyondblue schools initiative: A two-year follow-up.
  • Relationship between caregiver time and mental health & wellbeing of mothers caring for children with disability.
  • Mental health first aid training for teachers: Development, evaluation and dissemination.
  • Refugee children and adolescents in Australia: Mental health and well-being and access to mental health services.

Key Personnel

Research Staff

Professor Michael Sawyer
Head, Research & Evaluation Unit
Phone: (08) 8161 7207
E-mail: michael.sawyer@adelaide.edu.au

Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (08) 8161 6910
E-mail: lauren.millerlewis@adelaide.edu.au

Dr Marjolein Verhoeven
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Phone: (08) 8161 6978
E-mail:

Ms Jennifer Clark
Snr. Project Officer
Phone: (08) 8161 6924
E-mail: jenny.clark@sa.gov.au

Ms Josephine Carbone
Research Officer
Phone: (08) 8161 6913
E-mail: jo.carbone@sa.gov.au

Mr Taylor Harchak
Research Assistant
Phone: (08) 8161 6908
E-mail: taylor.harchak@adelaide.edu.au

Mr Matthew Guidolin
Research Assistant
Phone: (08) 8161 6920
E-mail: matthew.guidolin@cywhs.sa.gov.au

Ms Linda Frost
Research Assistant
Phone: (08) 8161 6912
E-mail: linda.frost@adelaide.edu.au

Ms Marie Iannos
Research Assistant
Phone: (08) 8161 6915
E-mail: marie.iannos@sa.gov.au

Postgraduate Students

Ms Angela Crettenden
‘The impact of day-to-day tasks of caring on the lives of parents of children with a developmental disability’

Ms Kerry Ettridge
‘The determinants of the help-seeking choices and behaviours of adolescents’

Ms Sara Pfeiffer
‘Variations in outcomes of a family home visiting program for disadvantaged mothers and babies’

Ms Amelia Searle
‘The relationship between childhood adversities, childhood mental health problems, and learning behaviours’

Ms Justine Whitham
‘Buprenorphine and methadone in pregnancy: effects on the developing infant and child’

Contact Information

Unit Head

Professor Michael Sawyer
Head, Research and Evaluation Unit
Phone: (08) 8161 7207
Fax:     (08) 8161 6906
E-mail: michael.sawyer@adelaide.edu.au

Location

Research and Evaluation Unit
Women's and Children's Health Network
Level 3, Norwich Centre
77 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia

Mailing Address

Research and Evaluation Unit
Women's and Children's Health Network
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

last modified: 23 Mar 2016