School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a postdoctoral research fellow across two Schools at the University of Adelaide (School of Psychology and School of Public Health).
My research interests are in the areas of child protection, criminology and developmental psychology. Specifically I am interested in the link between childhood maltreatment and subsequent offending behaviour in adolescence and adulthood.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
At the end of 2019 I was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) which I will commence in April 2020. The topic of the DECRA is 'Child maltreatment, youth and adult offending: Pathways and prevention'.
I am currently leading an Australian Institute of Criminology funded project to better understand the needs of young people under Youth Justice supervision, with a particular focus on adverse childhood experiences and trauma. This involves completing a survey interview with young people under supervision both in Community Youth Justice and in the Adelaide Youth Training Centre a 12 month period. Co-investigators include Prof Andrew Day (University of Melbourne), Prof Paul Delfabbro (University of Adelaide), Ms Louisa Hackett (Principal Psychology, Youth Justice), A/Prof Jesse Cale (Griffith University), and Prof Stuart Ross (University of Melbourne).
I am also leading a Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation project to examine the crossover of young people between out-of-home care and youth justice using linked administrative data included in the South Australian Early Childhood Data Project (SA ECDP). Associate investigators include Dr Rhiannon Pilkington, Ms Alicia Montgomerie, and Prof John Lynch (School of Public Health, University of Adelaide), Prof Paul Delfabbro (School of Psychology, University of Adelaide), and Prof Andrew Day (University of Melbourne).
I am also working on an evaluation of the Adolescent Reunification Program with Professor Paul Delfabbro in collaboration with the Department for Child Protection and Centacare Catholic Family Services. We are interviewing parents, young people and their Centacare workers about what is working well and what can be improved in regards to the services they are receiving through the reunification program.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award Women's Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Research Award Frank Dalziel Prize of Best Psychology Thesis 2017 University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Recognition Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Award Healthy Development Adelaide Travel Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Award Australian Federation of University Women Travel Bursary AFUW-SA Australia —
Language Competency Italian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2018 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2020 Delfabbro, P., Georgiou, N., Malvaso, C., & King, D. (2020). Is Self-Reported Propensity for Everyday Illusions of Control Higher in Gamblers and Is It Associated With Gambling-Specific Erroneous Beliefs?. SAGE Open, 10(1), 6 pages.
2019 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., Day, A., & Nobes, G. (2019). Young People Under Youth Justice Supervision With Varying Child Protection Histories: An Analysis of Group Differences. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63(2), 159-178.
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2019 Delfabbro, P., Stevenson, J., Malvaso, C., Duong, D., Winefield, H., Winefield, A., & Hammarström, A. (2019). Who is doing well: age 15 predictors of psychological and physical health in young adulthood. Australian Psychologist, 54(2), 114-124.
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2019 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., & Day, A. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences in a South Australian sample of young people in detention. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 52(3), 411-431.
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2019 Moulds, L., Malvaso, C., Hackett, L., & Francis, L. (2019). The KIND Program for Adolescent Family and Dating Violence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
2019 Malvaso, C., Proeve, M., Delfabbro, P., & Cale, J. (2019). Characteristics of children with problem sexual behaviour and adolescent perpetrators of sexual abuse: a systematic review. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 26 pages.
2019 He, V., Su, J., Guthridge, S., Malvaso, C., Howard, D., Williams, T., & Leach, A. (2019). Hearing and justice: The link between hearing impairment in early childhood and youth offending in Aboriginal children living in remote communities of the Northern Territory, Australia. Health and Justice, 7(1).
2018 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., Day, A., & Nobes, G. (2018). The maltreatment-violence link: Exploring the role of maltreatment experiences and other individual and social risk factors among young people who offend. Journal of Criminal Justice, 55, 35-45.
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2018 Fernandez, E., Malvaso, C., Day, A., & Guharajan, D. (2018). 21st century cognitive behavioural therapy for anger: a systematic review of research design, methodology and outcome. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46(4), 385-404.
2018 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., & Day, A. (2018). The Maltreatment-Offending Association: A Systematic Review of the Methodological Features of Prospective and Longitudinal Studies. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 19(1), 20-34.
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2017 Delfabbro, P., Winefield, H., Winefield, A., Malvaso, C., & Plueckhahn, T. (2017). Factors Associated With Attrition in a 10-year Longitudinal Study of Young People: Implications for Studies of Employment in School Leavers. Australian Psychologist, 52(1), 41-51.
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2017 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., & Day, A. (2017). The child protection and juvenile justice nexus in Australia: A longitudinal examination of the relationship between maltreatment and offending. Child Abuse and Neglect, 64, 32-46.
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2017 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., & Day, A. (2017). Child maltreatment and criminal convictions in youth: The role of gender, ethnicity and placement experiences in an Australian population. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 57-65.
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2017 Winefield, A., Delfabbro, P., Winefield, H., Duong, D., & Malvaso, C. (2017). The psychological effects of unemployment and unsatisfactory employment on young adults: findings from a 10-Year longitudinal study. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 178(4), 246-251.
2017 Malvaso, C., Day, A., Casey, S., & Corrado, R. (2017). Young Offenders, Maltreatment, and Trauma: A Pilot Study. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24(3), 458-469.
2016 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., Hackett, L., & Mills, H. (2016). Service approaches to young people with complex needs leaving out-of-home care. Child Care in Practice, 22(2), 128-147.
2016 Malvaso, C., & Delfabbro, P. (2016). Young people with complex needs leaving out-of-home care: service issues and the need to enhance practice and policy. Children Australia, 41(1), 69-79.
2016 Malvaso, C. G., & Delfabbro, P. (2016). Leaving care and service engagement: lessons from the homelessness sector. Parity, 29(1), 12-13. 2016 Delfabbro, P., Malvaso, C., Winefield, A., & Winefield, H. (2016). Socio-demographic, health, and psychological correlates of suicidality severity in Australian adolescents. Australian Journal of Psychology, 68(4), 261-269.
2016 Brooks, J., Darling, S., Malvaso, C., & Della Sala, S. (2016). Adult developmental trajectories of pseudoneglect in the tactile, visual and auditory modalities and the influence of starting position and stimulus length. Brain and Cognition, 103, 12-22.
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2015 Malvaso, C., & Delfabbro, P. (2015). Offending behaviour among young people with complex needs in the Australian out-of-home care system. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(12), 3561-3569.
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2015 Winefield, H., Delfabbro, P., Winefield, A., Plueckhahn, T., & Malvaso, C. (2015). Adolescent predictors of satisfaction with social support six years later: an Australian longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence, 44, 70-76.
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2015 Malvaso, C., Delfabbro, P., Proeve, M., & Nobes, G. (2015). Predictors of child injury in biological and stepfamilies. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 8(3), 149-159.
Year Citation 2015 Brooks, J., Darling, S., Malvaso, C., & Della Sala, S. (2015). Adult developmental trajectories of pseudoneglect in the tactile, visual and auditory modalities and the influence of starting position and stimulus length.. In Experimental Psychology Society. London.
Year Citation 2016 Malvaso, C. (2016). Risk factors that influence the maltreatment-offending association: A systematic review of prospective and longitudinal studies. Poster session presented at the meeting of Aggression and Violent Behavior. Canberra: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD.
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2015 Brooks, J., Darling, D., Malvaso, C., & Della Sala, S. (2015). Adult developmental trajectories of pseudoneglect in the tactile, visual and auditory modalities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, as published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Brisbane, Queensland.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Proeve, M. J., Malvaso, C., & DelFabbro, P. (2016). Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse..
Criminology Research Grant, Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2019 - September 2020
Adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people in the Youth Justice system: A South Australian study
Leading investigator: Dr Catia Malvaso
Co-investigators: Prof Andrew Day (University of Melbourne), Prof Paul Delfabbro (University of Adelaide), Ms Louisa Hackett (Youth Justice; Department of Human Services), A/Prof Jesse Cale (University of New South Wales), Prof Stewart Ross (University of Melbourne)
This is the first Australian study to develop a model that explains how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and current manifestations of trauma-related symptoms are associated with behavioural problems and offending pathways among young people supervised by Youth Justice. A mixed methods approach to data collection will be employed, including survey data and administrative government records. Informed by developmental and life-course criminology, this research will provide the evidence needed to develop trauma-informed interventions that also address criminogenic needs among young offenders. This is essential for the design and implementation of strategies to reduce recidivism across the criminal justice system.
I teach into the third year Health and Lifespan Development course of the Bachelor of Psychology Science, teaching specifically into the child development component. My lectures focus on the causes and consequences of child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences, and how these experiences may influence development over the life course.
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Suicidal risk in young Indigenous and non-Indigenous males in Youth Justice: Understanding the role of early child maltreatment and other risk factors University of Adelaide — Honours — Matilda D'Antoine
Date Topic Location Name 2019 - ongoing Bachelor of Psychology Advanced student University of Adelaide Anna Hilferty
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Board Member Australian & New Zealand Society of Psychology, Psychiatry and Law (ANZAPPL) SA branch Australian & New Zealand Society of Psychology, Psychiatry and Law Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology Australia 2019 - ongoing Member American Society of Criminology United States 2018 - ongoing Board Member Australian & New Zealand Society for Psychology, Psychiatry and Law Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2017 - ongoing Youth Justice Psychology Services Youth Justice Health services and related Australia 2017 - ongoing Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory Attorney General's Department Health services and related Australia
Date Case Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Child Protection Systems Royal Commission University of Adelaide —
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Child Maltreatment and Aggressive Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Evidence of Moderation by Parent/Child Relationship Quality Journal Review Child Maltreatment — 2019 - ongoing Parental death during childhood and violent crime in late adolescence to early adulthood – a Swedish national cohort study Journal Review Palgrave Communications — 2019 - ongoing A prospective, longitudinal study of risk factors for early onset of delinquency among maltreated youth Journal Review Children and Youth Services Review — 2019 - ongoing What happens to children born to young people in and leaving state care and why? Journal Review Children and Youth Services Review — 2019 - ongoing A Descriptive Analysis of the Child Protection Histories of Youth and Young Adults Arrested in California Journal Review Child Maltreatment — 2018 - ongoing Services to young people with complex support needs in rural and regional Australia: Beyond a metro-centric response Journal Review Children and Youth Services Review — 2018 - ongoing The intersection between the child protection and youth justice systems’ for your review Peer Review Child Family Community Australia — 2018 - ongoing Childhood victimization, recent injustice, anger and forgiveness in a sample of male prison inmates Journal Review Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology —
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