Mary Brushe

Mary Brushe

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. Her thesis is interested in examining the trajectories of parent talk during the early years and its influence on child development outcomes, supervised by Associate Professor Sally Brinkman, Professor John Lynch and Professor Edward Melhuish.

Mary is also employed as a Study Manager within the Child Health, Development and Education (inclusive of the Fraser Mustard Centre) team at Telethon Kids Institute where she manages a 5-year NHMRC funded longitudinal study, Language in Little Ones (LiLO). The LiLO study investigates the contribution of home language exposure to the intergenerational transmission of inequality by collecting information on the amount of words children hear and speak in the home environment during the first five years of life. Mary's PhD utilises data collected through the LiLO study.

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  • Conference Papers

    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). Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland: University of Plymouth.
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  • Committee Memberships

    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
  • Memberships

    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
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    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
    2019 - 2019 AEA 2019 Scientific Meeting Abstract Reviewer Conference Review Australiasian Epidemiological Association Australia

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