Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Alyssa works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide and the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Women's and Children's Hospital under the supervision of Professor John Lynch. She also works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice.
Alyssa works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor John Lynch. She also works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, having completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University in 2012. Alyssa's postdoctoral research focuses on early childhood development and characteristics in early childhood that lead to good outcomes from a public health perspective (including academic achievement, mental and physical health). This research focuses on the development of self-regulation and predictors of childhood mental health problems. Alyssa’s research also focuses on population-level interventions designed to improve outcomes for children and testing interventions using a pragmatic approach establishing the effectiveness of interventions in the ‘real world.’
Date Position Institution name 2012 Clinical Psychologist Private Practice 2012 Postdoctoral researcher University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2008 - 2012 Flinders University Australia PhD (Clin Psyc) 2007 - 2007 Flinders University Australia BA Hons (Psychology), First Class 2006 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Grad Dip Psyc 2003 - 2005 Flinders University Australia BCA (Creative Writing)
Date Title Institution name Country 2014 Clinical Psychology Area of Practice Endorsement Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Australia 2011 Registered Psychologist Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Australia
Year Citation 2018 Sawyer, A., Lynch, J., McDonald, D., Jeffs, D., Reece, C., Clark, J., & Sawyer, M. (2018). eMums Plus: Supporting mothers with mild-moderate depression and parenting problems. In AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST Vol. 53 (pp. 53). WILEY.
Year Citation 2015 Pearce, A., Sawyer, A., Chittleborough, C. R., Mittinty, N. M., & Lynch, J. (2015). Relative contributions of early-life cognitive ability and self-regulation in mediating social inequalities in academic ability: effect decomposition in contemporary UK and Australian cohorts. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference. Dublin. 2012 Sawyer, A., Chittleborough, C. R., Mittinty, N. M., Sawyer, M., & Lynch, J. (2012). The importance of children’s development of self-regulation in early life for later school readiness and academic achievement. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 11th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences. Melbourne. 2012 Sawyer, A., Chittleborough, C. R., Lawlor, D., Sawyer, M., Mittinty, N. M., & Lynch, J. (2012). The role of attention and emotion regulation in school readiness and school performance. Poster session presented at the meeting of Population Health Congress. Adelaide.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2015 Sawyer, M. G., Mpundu-Kaambwa, C., Sawyer, A., Clark, J., & Lynch, J. (2015). Results from a Pilot Trial Assessing a new Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) Clinical Support Measure. School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia; the Research and Evaluation Unit, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide.. 2014 Sawyer, A., Gialamas, A., Pearce, A., Sawyer, M., & Lynch, J. (2014). A Supporting Systems Framework for Child Health and Development, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide.
Sawyer, M., Lynch, J., Sawyer, A., Sved Williams, A., & Briggs, N. A randomised controlled trial evaluation the effectiveness of a nurse-moderated group-based internet support program for mothers with comorbid mild to moderate depression and parenting problems. Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, $75,000.
Sawyer, M., Bowering, K., Jeffs, D., Lynch, J., Sawyer, A. Does nurse home-visiting improve the longer term health and wellbeing of mothers and children? Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, $58,062.
2013 - 2016
Lynch, J., Chittleborough, C., Smithers, L., Sawyer, M., Brinkman, S., Mittinty, M., Sawyer, A., Bowering, K. Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study. National Health and Medical Research Council – Partnership Project. ($273,131 NHMRC), ($180,000 partners)
Sawyer, M., Bowering, K., Jeffs, D., Lynch, J., Sawyer, A. Does nurse home-visiting improve the longer term health and wellbeing of mothers and children? Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, $72,355.
Australian Federation of University Women South Australian Postdoctoral Grant. Awarded on merit for completion of research project, $5000.
Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant. Awarded to attend and present at the 8th World Congress on Promoting Mental Health (London, September, 2014), $1000
2014-2015 Public Health 1B (1st year Health Sciences) – mentor for Small group Discovery experience
2014 Public Health 1A (1st year Health Sciences)
2008 - 2011 Basic research design and data analysis (2nd year Psychology)
2010 – 2011 Psychology 1A and 1B (1st year Psychology Major)
2009 – 2010 Human Development (2nd year Psychology)
2014-2015 Communication for Health Sciences (summer school topic for Health Science)
2010 Basic research design and data analysis (2nd year Psychology)
Date Role Membership Country 2014 - ongoing Member Member of The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologist Australia 2013 - ongoing Member NHMRC Research Translation faculty Australia 2013 - 2015 Member Early Career Researchers Committee, School of Population Health, Adelaide University. — 2012 - ongoing Member Healthy Kids Cluster Australia 2011 - ongoing Member The Australian Psychological Society Australia 2011 - ongoing Member Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Australia 2008 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
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