Alyssa Sawyer

Dr Alyssa Sawyer

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.’

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2012 Clinical Psychologist Private Practice
    2012 Postdoctoral researcher University of Adelaide
  • Education

    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)
  • Certifications

    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

Competitive grants:

2016

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.

2014

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)

2013               

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.

Other grants:

2015               

Australian Federation of University Women South Australian Postdoctoral Grant. Awarded on merit for completion of research project, $5000.

2014               

Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Grant. Awarded to attend and present at the 8th World Congress on Promoting Mental Health (London, September, 2014), $1000

Tutoring

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)

Guest lectures

2014-2015       Communication for Health Sciences (summer school topic for Health Science)

2010               Basic research design and data analysis (2nd year Psychology)

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  • Memberships

    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
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Email: alyssa.sawyer@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor Mon - Tue 34455 Wed - Thur 0881617207
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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