Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Mary Brushe is a PhD candidate within the University of Adelaide's School of Public Health and a Research Study Manager at Telethon Kids Institute. Mary's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying inequality during the early years, ultimately aiming to reduce inequalities and inequities. Her research interests span early childhood development and education, youth mental health, children's social and emotional wellbeing, intergenerational disadvantage, the use of mobile technology in the early years and the impact of school suspensions.
Mary's PhD focuses on understanding the amount of language stimulation in the home environment, and the mediating role parent talk plays in the relationship between socioeconomic status and child developmental outcomes. This utilises data being collected in a five-year longitudinal study called Language in Little Ones, which Mary manages the recruitment and data collection through her role at Telethon Kids Institute.
Notably, Mary was recently awarded as CIB an NHMRC Ideas Grant (CIA: Sally Brinkman) that builds on the work of the LiLO study to examine the impact of screen use during the early years on later developmental outcomes and how this differs across socioeconomic groups. She was also selected as one of five PhD candidates across Australia and New Zealand to participate in the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Mentoring Program as a 2020 mentee.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing Study Manager Telethon Kids Institute 2015 - 2016 Health Promotion Officer Emerging Minds
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Scholarship Philip Ryan Doctoral Candidate Travel Grant 2020 University of Adelaide Australia 2020 Award L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science Mentoring Scheme 2020 L'Oreal and UNESCO Australia 2019 Award Peers and Partners Travel Award Telethon Kids Institute Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 - 2022 University of Adelaide Australia PhD Candidate (Public Health) 2011 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
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.
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.
2021 Gregory, T., Dal Grande, E., Brushe, M., Engelhardt, D., Luddy, S., Guhn, M., . . . Brinkman, S. (2021). Associations between school readiness and student wellbeing: a six-year follow up study. Child Indicators Research, 14(1), 369-390.
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2021 Simmons, M. B., Fava, N., Faliszewski, J., Browne, V., Chinnery, G., van der El, K., . . . Brushe, M. (2021). Inside the black box of youth participation and engagement: Development and implementation of an organization-wide strategy for Orygen, a national youth mental health organization in Australia. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 15(4), 1002-1009.
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2021 Brushe, M. E., Lynch, J., Reilly, S., Melhuish, E., Mittinty, M. N., & Brinkman, S. A. (2021). The education word gap emerges by 18 months: findings from an Australian prospective study. BMC Pediatrics, 21(1), 247-1-247-9.
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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.
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2021 Simmons, M. B., Brushe, M., Elmes, A., Polari, A., Nelson, B., & Montague, A. (2021). Shared Decision Making With Young People at Ultra High Risk of Psychotic Disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12.
2020 Brushe, M. E., Lynch, J., Reilly, S., Melhuish, E., & Brinkman, S. (2020). How many words are Australian children hearing in the first year of life?. BMC Pediatrics, 20(1), 52-1-52-9.
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Year Citation 2018 Calic, D., Brushe, M., Parsons, K., & Brittain, C. (2018). Self-disclosing on Facebook can be risky: Examining the role of trust and social capital. In S. Furnell, & N. Clarke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (Haisa 2018) (pp. 225-235). UK: University of Plymouth.
2017 Brittain, C., Parsons, K., Calic, D., & Brushe, M. (2017). 'Anti'-Social Media: Narcissism and Self-Control as predictors of facebook self-disclosure. In Proceedings of the 28th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2017.
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2021 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Influence of school suspensions on child and adolescent wellbeing Telethon Kids Institute Global Health Internship, Princeton University Other Cindy Cheng 2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Development of a Framework for the Categorisation of Screen-based Children's Content Telethon Kids Institute Public Health Practice Student Internship, University of Western Sydney Other Georgia Walters
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Member Child and Youth Health Special Interest Group Public Health Association of Australia Australia 2019 - ongoing Member South Australian Branch Executive Committee Public Health Association of Australia Australia 2015 - 2017 Member Youth Advisory Council Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health Australia 2014 - 2016 Representative Lived Experience Council COPMI National Intitative Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Society for Epidemiologic Research United States 2018 - ongoing Member Public Health Assoiation of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Australiasian Epidemiological Association Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Member International Association for Youth Mental Health Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2021 - 2021 At What Age Does the Word Gap Emerge? Findings from the Language in Little Ones Study Australian Early Development Census National Conference 2021 Australian Government Department for Education, Skills and Employment and Telethon Kids Institute Australia 2020 - 2020 Inequality within the home language environment: Findings from a Prospective Cohort Study. South Australian State Population Health Conference 2020 Public Health Association of Australia (SA Branch) Australia 2019 - ongoing How many words are Australian children hearing in the first year of life? Australian Public Health Conference 2019 Public Health Association of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Language in Little Ones Study - Results from the First Wave Nursing Council South Australian Child and Family Health Service Australia 2018 - ongoing Language in Little Ones Study - Results from First Wave Buisness Intelligence Technical Forum South Australian Department for Education Australia 2018 - ongoing The contribution of home language exposure to intergenerational transmission of inequality Australian Early Development Census National Conference 2018 Australian Goverment Department of Education Australia 2017 - ongoing The Language in Little Ones study Online Interview Early Learning Review Australia
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Academic Journal Review Journal Review New Ideas in Psychology 2019 - 2019 AEA 2019 Scientific Meeting Abstract Reviewer Conference Review Australiasian Epidemiological Association Australia
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