Catia Malvaso

Dr Catia Malvaso

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a senior 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.

I am a  grant-funded researcher with expertise in the areas of child protection and criminal justice.

I completed my PhD on the association between child maltreatment and youth justice system contact in 2017, for which I was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and the Frank Dalziel Prize for Best Psychology Thesis from the School of Psychology.

I was awarded a nationally competitive Australian Research Council Discovery Early Researcher Career Award (DECRA) in November 2019, less than two years after my PhD was conferred in January 2018. This fellowship, along with a 2020 Early Career Prize from the American Society of Criminology, demonstrates recognition of my international contributions and expertise in leading a program of research on the causes and consequences of child maltreatment and criminal offending behaviour.

I am positioned across two schools in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences – Psychology and Public Health – due to the cross-disciplinary nature of my research.

I have lead multiple complex research projects in hard-to-reach populations, requiring ethics and data custodian approvals, setting up appropriate governance structures with community consultation, and establishing government partnerships to ensure that research findings are translated. Evidence from my research is used to inform prevention strategies that can alter pathways from maltreatment to offending by identifying when to intervene, which factors to target, and for whom.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Craig, J. M., Malvaso, C., & Farrington, D. P. (2021). All in the Family? Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Effect on Offending Behavior. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 19(3), 292-307.
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    2021 Malvaso, C. G., Cale, J., Whitten, T., Day, A., Singh, S., Hackett, L., . . . Ross, S. (2021). Associations between adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people who offend: a systematic literature review. Trauma, Violence and Abuse: a Review Journal, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus1
    2021 Malvaso, C. G., Delfabbro, P. H., Amos, J., Todd, B., & Carpenter, S. (2021). Addressing Intergenerational Trauma in an Adolescent Reunification Program: Case Studies Illustrating Service Innovation. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.
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    2021 He, V. Y., Leckning, B., Malvaso, C., Williams, T., Liddle, L., & Guthridge, S. (2021). Opportunities for prevention: a data-linkage study to inform a public health response to youth offending in the Northern Territory, Australia. BMC Public Health, 21(1).
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    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2020 Nobes, G., Panagiotaki, G., Malvaso, C., & Klevens, J. (2020). Physical Abuse of Children by Stepfathers in Colombia. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27 pages.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Malvaso, C., Pilkington, R., Montgomerie, A., Delfabbro, P., & Lynch, J. (2020). A public health approach to preventing child maltreatment: an intelligent information infrastructure to help us know what works. Child Abuse and Neglect, 106, 104466-1-104466-9.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2020 Malvaso, C. G., & Delfabbro, P. H. (2020). Description and evaluation of a trial program aimed at reunifying adolescents in statutory long-term out-of-home care with their birth families: The adolescent reunification program. Children and Youth Services Review, 119, 105570.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    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.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS9 Europe PMC4
    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2019 Malvaso, C. G., Delfabbro, P. H., & 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.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2019 Moulds, L. G., Malvaso, C., Hackett, L., & Francis, L. (2019). The KIND Program for Adolescent Family and Dating Violence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 1-18.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Malvaso, C. G., 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(1), 26 pages.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5
    2019 He, V. Y., Su, J. Y., 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), 16-1-16-12.
    DOI Scopus6
    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.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC11
    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.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS19
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    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.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8
    2017 Malvaso, C. G., Delfabbro, P. H., & 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.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS36 Europe PMC6
    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.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3
    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.
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    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.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC11
    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.
    DOI Scopus7
    2016 Malvaso, C. G., & Delfabbro, P. (2016). Leaving care and service engagement: lessons from the homelessness sector. Parity, 29(1), 12-13.
    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.
    DOI Scopus1
    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.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS15
    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    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.
    DOI Scopus2
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Farrington, D., & Malvaso, C. (2019). Physical punishment and offending in two successive generations of males. In I. Bryce, Y. Robinson, & W. Petherick (Eds.), Child Abuse and Neglect: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact and Management (Vol. India Bryce, Yolande Robinson, Wayne Petherick, pp. 203-224). London, United Kingdom: Academic Press.
    DOI Scopus8
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Winefield, A., Delfabbro, P. H., Winefield, H. R., & Malvaso, C. (2016). Suicide risk in Australian adolescents: Socio-demographic, health and psychological correlates. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY Vol. 51 (pp. 688-689). ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
    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.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Malvaso, C. G. (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.
    DOI Scopus39 WoS33
    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: Frontiers Media SA.
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  • 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..

Year

Type

Role

Amount

Funder, title

2021

Contract

CIB

$200,000

Department for Human Services, Early Intervention Research Directorate. Scoping system wide capacity for the prevention of child maltreatment

2021

Internal

CIC

$88,566

University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Strategic Research Support Scheme, Developing capacity to investigate the role of poverty in child maltreatment

2021

Internal

CID

$109,217

University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Strategic Research Support Scheme, Children’s visual attention and responses to affective interactions

2020

Contract

CIA

$23,261

Department for Human Services, Exceptional Needs Unit. Developing a practice framework for engaging with young people with complex support needs.

2020

Internal

CIB

$2,000

University of Adelaide, School of Psychology and SA Health Collaboration. Building a database using Child Protective Services records for research and clinical purposes.

2019

Cat 1 Grant

CIA

$416,761

Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Child maltreatment, youth and adult offending: Pathways and prevention.

2019

Consultancy

CIA

$2,500

Department for Human Services, Youth Justice Directorate. Analysis of the Youth Justice Assessment and Intervention Service screening project.

2019

Cat 2-4 Grant

CIA

$95,850

Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation. The crossover of children from out-of-home care into youth justice: Identifying opportunities for early intervention.

2019

Contract

CIB

$128,000

Department for Child Protection and Centacare Catholic Family Services. Evaluation of the Adolescent Reunification Program.

2018

Cat 1 Grant

CIA

$75,893

Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology. Adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people in youth justice.

2017

Consultancy

CIA

$89,200

Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Provision of services.

I teach into a number of undergraduate psychology courses where I am able to embed my research into my teaching and translate cross-disciplinary knowledge from psychology, public health and criminology. The courses I will teach into in 2021 include:

  • Second year Psychology in Society (intercultural component)
  • Third year Health and Lifespan Development (child development component)
  • Third year Advanced Research Methods and Skills (data linkage)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Mental health and related service and support use among children experiencing different adversities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica Renee Judd
  • 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
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2019 - ongoing Bachelor of Psychology Advanced student University of Adelaide Anna Hilferty
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  • Committee Memberships

    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
    2019 - ongoing Co-Chair Developmental and Life Course Criminology Thematic Group Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Australia
  • Memberships

    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
  • Consulting/Advisories

    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
  • Expert Witness

    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
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83133764
  • Email: catia.malvaso@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 28
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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