Alanna Sincovich

Alanna Sincovich

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Alanna is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on population-level measurement of children's early development in low and middle income countries, under the supervision of Professor Sally Brinkman, Dr Tess Gregory, and Professor John Lynch.

Alanna is also a Research Assistant in the Child Health, Development and Education team at the Telethon Kids Institute. Since joining the Institute in 2013, Alanna has supported a range of research projects focused on factors influencing children’s developmental outcomes, as well as evaluation of various programs and supports for families and young children across Australia.

Internationally, Alanna consults for the World Bank, providing support for the implementation and evaluation of various early childhood development and education programs in low and middle income countries.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Harman-Smith, Y., & Brinkman, S. A. (2020). Exploring Associations Between Playgroup Attendance and Early Childhood Development at School Entry in Australia: A Cross-Sectional Population-Level Study. American Educational Research Journal, 57(2), 475-503.
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    2020 Rao, N., Mirpuri, S., Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2020). Overcoming challenges in measuring early childhood development across cultures. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 4(5), 352-354.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Zanon, C., Santos, D. D., Lynch, J., & Brinkman, S. A. (2020). Measuring early child development in low and middle income countries: Investigating the validity of the early Human Capability Index. SSM - Population Health, 11, 1-12.
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    2020 Rao, N., Richards, B., Lau, C., Weber, A. M., Sun, J., Darmstadt, G. L., . . . Ip, P. (2020). Associations Among Early Stimulation, Stunting, and Child Development in Four Countries in the East Asia–Pacific. International Journal of Early Childhood, 52(2), 175-193.
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    2019 Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Zanon, C., Santos, D. D., Lynch, J., & Brinkman, S. A. (2019). Measuring early childhood development in multiple contexts: the internal factor structure and reliability of the early Human Capability Index in seven low and middle income countries. BMC Pediatrics, 19(1), 471-1-471-14.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Rao, N., Sun, J., Richards, B., Weber, A. M., Sincovich, A., Darmstadt, G., & Ip, P. (2019). Assessing Diversity in Early Childhood Development in the East Asia-Pacific. Child Indicators Research, 12(1), 235-254.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2019 Rao, N., Richards, B., Sun, J., Weber, A., & Sincovich, A. (2019). Early childhood education and child development in four countries in East Asia and the Pacific. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 47, 169-181.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9
    2018 Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. (2018). The social impacts of mining on local communities in Australia. Rural Society, 27(1), 18-34.
    DOI Scopus5
    2018 Sun, J., Lau, C., Sincovich, A., & Rao, N. (2018). Socioeconomic status and early child development in East Asia and the Pacific: The protective role of parental engagement in learning activities. Children and Youth Services Review, 93, 321-330.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The home learning environment and early child development in low and middle income countries The University of Adelaide Master of Public Health Master Yihua Su
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Breakfast skipping and school engagement The University of Adelaide Master of Public Health Master Hero Moller
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member South Australian Branch Executive Committee Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Brain and Behaviour Leadership Committee Telethon Kids Institute Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member International Society of Global Health United Kingdom
    2018 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member International Society for Child Indicators Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Society for Research in Child Development United States
    2018 - ongoing Member Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood Development Singapore
    2018 - ongoing Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2020 - 2020 Measuring early child development across contexts: the early Human Capability Index. . Symposium on Quality of Early Childhood Education, Child Development and Interventions China Institute of Educational Finance Research, Peking University China
    2019 - ongoing The challenges of evaluating interventions in low and middle income countries Guest lecture in Global Public Health, Masters of Public Health The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - ongoing Tracking progress against SDG 4.2: capturing culturally-relevant early childhood development 7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators International Society for Child Indicators Estonia
    2019 - ongoing The Sustainable Development Goals Guest lecture in Global Public Health, Masters of Public Health The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - ongoing Measuring early childhood development across contexts: The factor structure of the early Human Capability Index (eHCI) across seven low and middle income countries 7th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators International Society for Child Indicators Estonia
    2018 - ongoing The influence of playgroup attendance on early childhood development in Australia 2018 National Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Conference Australian Government Department of Education Australia
    2018 - ongoing Validating a population measure of early childhood development in low and middle income countries: The early Human Capability Index School of Public Health Seminar The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing The social impacts of mining on local communities in Australia University of New South Wales Arts and Social Sciences Global Development Week University of New South Wales Australia
    2016 - ongoing Inequality in child development across China Fifth International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Child Development China Development Research Foundation China

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