Rachel Roberts

Associate Professor Rachel Roberts

Interim Head of School

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


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

Roberts R, Osborn A, Dorstyn D Sagittal synostosis: Psychological outcomes 2020-2021 Australian Cranio-Maxillo Facial Foundation (Craniofacial Australia) $110,000

Taylor A, Van Hooff M, Lawn S, Lawrence D, Rikkers W, Roberts R, Delfabbro P, McFarlane A 2020-2021 Promoting positive mental health in early career emergency services volunteers Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - Research Program $100,000

Glasson E, Roberts R, Pellicano E, Salt A.2020-2023 Developmental disability in the family: Consequences for siblings NHMRC-Ideas Grants

Dorstyn D, Roberts R, Kneebone I, Craig A, Oxlad M 2019-2020 Development and evaluation of an online education and peer-supported intervention for job-seekers with multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomised controlled trial Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia - Incubator Grant $ 25,000

Zhou S, Smithers L, Roberts R 2019-2020 Maternal iodine intake, thyroid function in pregnancy and executive function of children at 6 years of age Channel 7 CRF - Research Grant $ 74,577

Dorstyn D, Roberts R, , Murphy G, Kneebone I, Craig A, Chur-Hansen A 2019-2020 Work and SCI: development of a return-to-work assessment and vocational counselling service for injured job-seekers living in the community Lifetime Support Authority Research Grants $ 94,507

Jamieson L, Paradies Y, Roberts R, Hedges J, Mitchell A, Dunbar T, Warren C, Venner K 2019-2023 A motivational interviewing intervention to improve social and emotional well-being among Aboriginal children
NHMRC - Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Social and Emotional Wellbeing $ 898,097

Roberts R, Proeve M 2016-2017 Risk Aware Project: Identifying Adverse Health Events During Psychology Clinical Placements Office for Learning and Teaching - OLT Grants $ 5,000

Roberts R, Mathias J 2016-2019 What are the cognitive, mental health, and quality of life outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with unoperated metopic synostosis Australian Cranio-Maxillo Facial Foundation - Research Grants $ 142,101

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

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, 2018-2019

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 2012-2019

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 Child assessment 2019-current

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

  • Position: Interim Head of School
  • Phone: 83135228
  • Email: rachel.roberts@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 5 24
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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