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 under the supervision of Professor Sally Brinkman, Dr Tess Gregory, and Professor John Lynch. Her research is centred on improving strategies for population level measurement and monitoring of children's early development in low- and middle-income countries.

At the Telethon Kids Institute, Alanna’s research focuses on factors influencing children’s early developmental outcomes, as well as evaluation of programs and supports for families and young children across Australia. Internationally, Alanna consults for the World Bank, providing support for the implementation of child health, development, and education programs and working with various measures of child development for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Alanna has published on topics including child development, early education, parental engagement and the home environment, stunting and health behaviours, as well as psychometric assessment of child development measurement tools. She sits on the Public Health Association of Australia South Australia Branch Executive Committee, and the Brain and Behaviour Research Focus Area Leadership Committee at the Telethon Kids Institute. Ultimately, Alanna’s work aims to inform policy and services to promote development in the early years, particularly in low resource settings.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Brushe, M. E., Islam, T., Monroy, N. S., Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Finlay-Jones, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2022). Prevalence of electronic device use before bed among Australian children and adolescents: a cross-sectional population level study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46(3), 286-291.
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    2022 Sincovich, A., Moller, H., Smithers, L., Brushe, M., Lassi, Z. S., Brinkman, S. A., & Gregory, T. (2022). Prevalence of breakfast skipping among children and adolescents: a cross-sectional population level study. BMC Pediatrics, 22(1), 10 pages.
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    2021 Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. (2021). 800A census approach to monitoring child development - informing policy and practice beyond survey samples. International Journal of Epidemiology, 50(Supplement_1).
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    2021 Moller, H., Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., & Smithers, L. (2021). Breakfast skipping and cognitive and emotional engagement at school: A cross-sectional population level study.. Public Health Nutr, 1-10.
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    2021 Gregory, T., Sincovich, A., Brushe, M., Finlay-Jones, A., Collier, L. R., Grace, B., . . . Brinkman, S. A. (2021). Basic epidemiology of wellbeing among children and adolescents: a cross-sectional population level study. SSM Popul Health, 15, 100907.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    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.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    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 Scopus8 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS5 Europe PMC1
    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.
    DOI Scopus5
    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 Scopus5 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus23 WoS22
    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 Scopus23 WoS24
    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 Scopus14
    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 Scopus15 WoS15
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. (2021). A census approach to monitoring child development informing policy and practice beyond survey samples. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Vol. 50 (pp. 1 page). OXFORD UNIV PRESS.
    2021 Sincovich, A., Gregory, T., Lynch, J., & Brinkman, S. (2021). EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT AT 2-5 YEARS PREDICTS COGNITIVE OUTCOMES AT 6-9 YEARS IN LAO PDR: A CASE FOR POPULATION MONITORING USING THE EARLY HUMAN CAPABILITY INDEX IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES. In JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH Vol. 75 (pp. A6-A7). BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP.
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Early childhood education quality and children’s development in Lao PDR Princeton University Global Health Internship Other Nathalie Rodilosso
    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
  • 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
    2019 - ongoing Member Playgroup Australia National Advisory Group Playgroup Australia Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Women in Global Health Australia Australia
    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 Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood Development Singapore
    2018 - ongoing Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2021 - 2021 Stronger Starts Brighter Futures: Exploring trends in the early development of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) National Conference Australian Government Department of Education
    2021 - 2021 A census approach to monitoring child development: informing policy and practice beyond survey samples International Epidemiological Association’s World Congress of Epidemiology International Epidemiological Association
    2021 - 2021 Early child development at 2–5 years predicts cognitive outcomes at 6–9 years in Lao PDR: A case for population monitoring using the early Human Capability Index in low and middle income countries Social Science and Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting Society for Social Medicine and Population Health
    2021 - 2021 Does provision of meals in early childhood education contribute to catch-up growth among stunted children in Lao PDR? 16th Congress of Asian Society for Pediatric Research Asian Society for Pediatric Research
    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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