Rachel Roberts

Dr Rachel Roberts

Associate Professor

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Rachel Roberts.

Following 15 years clinical experience primarily working with children and their families as a psychologist, I now am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. I teach primarily into the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and (Health) programs, and have research interests in clinical, health and neuropsychology, using qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as meta-analyses.

I am an Associate Professor and Registered Psychologist (endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist). My research and teaching is in the areas of child, adolescent and peri-natal clinical, health and neuropsychology, including issues of stigma and chronic illness. Of particular interest are psychological aspects of acquired brain injury and craniofacial conditions.

Nationally competitive grants

Dorstyn, D., Roberts, R., Stewart, P., Marshall, R., Clark, J., Murphy, G., Chur-Hansen, A.,  Migliorini, C., & Kneebone, I., & Craig., A. 2016-2017 Work and SCI: an online resource to enhance vocational outcomes following spinal cord injury auDA Foundation Funding Round $23,330

Gould, J., Roberts, R., & Collins, C. 2016-2017 Can behavioural functioning at three years’ corrected age be improved in infants born very preterm with high-dose docosahexaenoic acid supplementation in the neonatal period? A follow-up of a randomised controlled trial. WCH Foundation Research Project Grant. $54,870

Roberts, R. & Mathias, J. 2015-2017 What are the cognitive, mental health, and quality of life outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with un-operated metopic synostosis? Australian Cranio-Maxillo Facial Foundation $49,901

Dorstyn, D., Roberts, R., Murphy, G., Craig, A., Kneebone, I., Migliorini, C. & Field, D. (2014-15) Development and evaluation of an online vocational program for an Australian sample with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study.  Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Incubator Grant. $20,985.

Roberts, R.M., Strohm, K., Jureidini, J., Giallo, R., & Robb, J. (2013-14) Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Grant Evaluation of a group program for siblings. $70,000

Roberts, R. Travel grant to attend the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s 68th Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico, Ian Potter Foundation (2011), $2,504.

Roberts, R. Travel grant to attend the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s 68th Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico, Healthy Development Adelaide (2011), $1,000.

Ratcliff, J., Flynn, T., Brazier, J.E., Stevens, K., Sawyer, M., (AI: Roberts, R.) (2011-12) Adolescent health: application of Best Worst Scaling Discrete Choice Experiments to value multi-attribute health states for use in economic evaluation, NHMRC. $174,313

University of Adelaide competitive grants

Roberts, R.M. & Mathias, J.L. (2012) Relationship between cognitive functioning and DTI findings following traumatic brain injury in children: A meta-analysis. RIGB Small Grant, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide.  $11,000

Dorstyn, D. (Associate Investigator Roberts, R) (2012) The effectiveness of leisure interventions in maximising functional outcomes in stroke rehabilitation: a meta-analytic review. RIGB Small Grant, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide. $11,172

Program coordination:

Master of Psychology (Clinical) 2010-12, June-Dec 2014, 2018- current

Course coordination: 

Master of Psychology Preparation for Psychological Practice 1 2008-9

Master of Psychology Preparation for Psychological Practice 2 2008-9

Master of Psychology Interviewing and Intervention 2010

Master of Psychology (Clinical) Placement coordinator 2008-9

Master of Psychology Psychological Assessment 2012-current

Master of Psychology (Health) Placement coordinator 2016-17

Postgraduate psychology 

Master of Psychology Health Psychology 4 lectures, major assignment Mind body relationships, Child health 2007-current

Master of Psychology Preparation for Professional Practice II 2 lectures: Interviewing children, CBT with children 2008-10

Master of Psychology Clinical Neuropsychology1 lecture Child neuropsychology 2008-current

Master of Psychology Disability and Rehabilitation 1 lecture Neurorehabilitation 2008-10

Master of Psychology Psychological Assessment 2 lecture Infant Assessment 2008-11 Organic screens 2008-10

Master of Psychology Direct placement supervision at WCH 6 students (160 hours/student) 2008-12

Undergraduate Psychology

Honours Psychology Critical Issues 1 3 hour lecture Psychology of appearance 2010

Psychology Level 3 Developmental Psychology (6 lectures, 1 SDL, 1 tutorial, practical in 2011) 2008-12

Psychology Level 2 Mental Health (6 (now 5) lectures, 1 x SDL, 1 tutorial) 2008-15

Psychology Level 1 Mental Health (5 lectures 2008) (1 lecture 2009-10), Research Methods in Psychology (SGDE mentor) 2014-16

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Psychosocial and Behavioural Mediators of Discrimination and Aboriginal Oral health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Davi Manzini Macedo
    2018 Co-Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Therapeutic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Daniel James Carabellese
    2018 Principal Supervisor Using Planning Strategies to Improve Dietary Habits of Young Adults in Australia Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Ms Amanda Ellen Dibb-Smith
    2017 Co-Supervisor Validation of Psychological Instruments used in an Intervention Aimed at Reducing Early Childhood Caries Among Aboriginal Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pedro Henrique Ribeiro Santiago
    2016 Co-Supervisor Challenges of Measuring Health Related Quality of Life in Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Sana Ishaque
    2016 Co-Supervisor Variable clinical and molecular expressivity of PCDH19 mutations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kristy Louise Kolc
    2016 Co-Supervisor Shame and Working Alliance in Therapeutic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Daniel James Carabellese
    2015 Principal Supervisor Development of a universal antenatal Psycho-education program for primiporous women Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Cecily Young
    2014 Co-Supervisor Self Control Mechanisms: Why and How People Succeed and Fail at Self-Control Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Mr David William Dunbar
    2010 Principal Supervisor Parenting issues for Parents with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the Impact on Children Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Dianna Ruth Bartsch
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Children: Is it feasible, acceptable, and effective, for prevention of internalizing difficulties in Australian primary school children? Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Part Time Miss Kathleen Mary Wright
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Determinants of Sun-Related Behaviours in Young Adults: The Role of Knowledge, Sociocultural Influences, and Appearance Ideals Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Miss Ashley Kathryn Day
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Siblings of Children with Mental Health Problems: Two Decades of Research Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Nylanda Lai-Han Tsang Ma
    2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor The bidirectionality of the relationship between insomnia, anxiety and depression in adolescents: a longitudinal study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Pasquale K Alvaro
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor An exploration of resilience and suicidality across three age groups in males and females living in the community. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Danica Wai Yee Liu
    2011 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Burnout and Engagement in Health Profession Students and Early Career Health Professionals: Exploring the Role of Demands and Resources Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Tamara Robins
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Facial Aesthetics and Psychological Outcome Assessment Following Treatment of Non-Syndromic Cleft Patients Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Doctorate Full Time Dr Peter Bor Yenn Foo
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Sleep and snoring in infancy: Prevalence and effects on cognitive development, maternal mental health and family functioning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alicia Marie Piteo
    2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Measuring Children's Forgiveness: Development of the Children's Forgiveness Card Set Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Emma Kemp
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    1989 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Neuropsychology Review
    2009 - ongoing Associate Editor Clinical Psychologist
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135228
  • Email: rachel.roberts@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
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  • Org Unit: Psychology

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