School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Tess Gregory is a Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute (Perth), and holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Tess is based in Adelaide and sits in the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and the South Australia Department for Education aimed to improve research translation.
"I am passionate about translating research findings into policy and practice to support children and adolescents thrive. I work closely with policy makers from the Department for Education in South Australia on a range of different projects related to child development, student wellbeing and academic achievement through my position in the Fraser Mustard Centre."
Over the past 10 years, Dr Gregory has been closely involved in the development of the Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) - an annual census of student wellbeing and engagement conducted by the South Australian Department for Education. Almost 100,000 students participated in the WEC in 2019, and the WEC provide an incredibly rich dataset for researchers interested in the social and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. Dr Gregory is very keen to collaborate with researchers and supervise students who would like to utilise the WEC data.
My research focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing, development and academic achievement of children and adolescents. My research is primarily quantitative and utilises large, population-level datasets including the South Australian Wellbeing and Engagement Collection (WEC) and the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). I also have a strong interest in psychometrics and measurement.
Date Position Institution name 2012 Senior Research Fellow Telethon Kids Institute 2011 - 2011 Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2008 - 2010 Research Fellow Flinders University 2007 - 2008 Research Associate University of Adelaide 2003 - 2006 PhD Candidate, casual tutor and lecturer University of Adelaide 2002 - 2002 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2006 Award Healthy Ageing Research Cluster (HARC) Travel Grant University of Adelaide — — 2006 Fellowship Postgraduate Travel Fellowship Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide — — 2003 Award CSIRO Top-up Postgraduate Studentship — — — 2003 Award Australian Postgraduate Award — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Psychology 2001 University of Adelaide Australia Honours (First Class) in Psychology 2000 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Maths and Computer Science
Year Citation 2016 Gregory, T., Harman-Smith, Y., Sincovich, A., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2016). It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia. South Australia: Telethon Kids Institute.
Year Citation 2014 Chong, S. Y., Chittleborough, C. R., Gregory, T., Mittinty, N. M., Lynch, J., & Smithers, L. (2014). Influence of parenting and child temperament on Intelligence Quotient (IQ) at 8 years. Poster session presented at the meeting of Occasional Temperament Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2014 Chong, S. Y., Chittleborough, C. R., Gregory, T., Mittinty, N. M., Lynch, J., & Smithers, L. (2014). Using marginal structural models to estimate the direct effect of temperament at 2-3 years on receptive vocabulary and academic achievement at 6-7 years. Poster session presented at the meeting of Occasional Temperament Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2016 Gregory, T. A., Harman-Smith, Y., Sincovich, A., Wilson, A., & Brinkman, S. (2016). It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia. 2015 Gregory, T., Keech, B., Sincovich, A., & Brinkman, S. A. (2015). Thriving in Adversity: Identification of off-diagonal South Australian communicates using AEDC and NAPLAN data. Adelaide, SA. 2014 Gregory, T. A., & Brinkman, S. (2014). South Australian trial of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI): Recruitment, participation, sample characteristics and predictors of wellbeing in South Australian school children. 2013 Gregory, T., & Brinkman, S. (2013). Methodological approach to exploring change in the Australia Early Development Instrument (AEDI): The estimation of a critical difference. Western Australia: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. 2011 Brinkman, S. A., & Gregory, T. (2011). The status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait child development across Australia.
Competitive Research Funding
National Competitive Schemes
2020 - 2022
|Taking a population health approach to supporting students social and emotional wellbeing and mental health within the education system||Brinkman, S. & Gregory, T.||NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Grant (#1170743)||$236,436 over three years|
|2013 - 2015||Assessing the development, wellbeing and community connectedness of children in the middle years: The Middle Development Instrument for Australia||Brinkman, S., Silburn, S., Gregory, T., Pearson, G., Schonert-Reichl, K., Guhn, M., Gadermann, A||ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100535)||$223,000 over two years|
|2013 - 2016||Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study||Lynch, J., Chittleborough, C., Smithers, L., Sawyer, M., Brinkman, S., Mittinty, M., Sawyer, A., Bowering, K., Strachan, T., Banham, D., Baghurst, P., & Gregory, T.||NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Grant (#1056888)||$453,131 over three years.|
|2010 - 2011||Population testing of an internet-based Personalised Decision Support system for Colorectal Cancer screening||Wilson, C., Flight, I., Turnbull, D., Young, G., Cole, S., Gregory, T., & Bhandari, D||NHMRC Project Grant (#593505)||$437,750 over two years|
|2003||Psychological Research Methodology II tutorials (SELT broad approval rate: 100%)|
|2006||Psychological Research Methodology III tutorials (SELT broad approval rate: 100%)|
|2006||Psychology I - Methodology and Statistics lectures (SELT not available)|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sarah Louise Halliday 2017 Co-Supervisor Validating a Population Measure of Early Childhood Development in Low and Middle income Countries "The Early Human Capability Index" Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Alanna Sincovich
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Children's Temperament and Parenting Practices in the First Five Years of Life and Cognitive, Academic and Adiposity Outcomes in Later Childhood and Adolescence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shiau Yun Chong
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