Successful Research Grants
• Tooke, S & Kohlhoff, J 2019-2020, The Pre- admission Midwife Appointment Program at the Mater: ‘A qualitative investigation of consumer satisfaction and impact’, Friends of the Mater Foundation grant.
• Eapen, V, Lingam, R, Whitehall, J, Raman, S, Kemp, A, George, A, Page, A, Jalaludi, B, Teng- Liaw, S, Woolfenden, S, Kohlhoff, J, De Leeuw & E, Baker, J 2018-2022, System Transformation and Research Translation – South Western Sydney (BestSTART-SW). South Western Sydney Local Health District Academic Unit. Enhancement of an Academic Unit.
• Lam-Cassetari, C & Kohlhoff, J 2018, The impact of postnatal depression on infant-directed speech and early language outcomes, The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development Research Partner Incentive program.
• Kohlhoff, J 2017-2018, Internet Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. NSW Department of Health Mental Health Innovation Fund grant.
• Kemp, L, Kaplun, C, Kohlhoff, J, Blight, V, Varelis & K, Eagar, S 2017-2018, Sustained Health Home Visiting for Families with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with Low English Proficiency (LEP): determining the efficacy of program delivery using interpreters or in-language community support. South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme.
• Baker, J, Kohlhoff, J, Eapen, V, George, A, Arora, A & Al-Shammari, A 2017-2018, Starting School Well: Optimising Refugee Children’s Health in Preparation of this Key Transition. South West Sydney Research Small Grant Scheme.
• Kohlhoff, J & Woolfenden, S 2017-2019,Evaluation of an innovative childhood developmental surveillance program in primary health care and community based early learning settings. Early Life Determinants of Health SPHERE seed funding ($50,000, 2017-2018).
• Kohlhoff, J 2017-2019, The neurobiology of parenting and Disruptive Behaviour Disorder subtypes in early childhood. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE170100413).
• Kohlhoff, J 2017-2019, The ‘Watch Me Grow’ app for identification of developmental and mental health problems in early childhood: a validation study. 2016 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant (HIG2016/063).
Current Research Projects
Evaluation of PCIT-T: an attachment based intervention for toddlers with disruptive behaviours;
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J, Morgan, S.
Development of Karitane Family Outcomes Tool (KFOT);
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J, Lee, S, Jones, P, Khajehei, M.
The ‘Watch Me Grow’ app for identification of developmental and mental health problems in early childhood: a validation study;
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J, Eapen, V.
Neurobiology of parenting and disruptive behaviour disorders in childhood;
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J, Hawes, D, Eapen, V
The effect of postnatal depression on infant-directed speech and early parent-child communication;
Investigators: Lam-Cassetarri, C, Kohlhoff, J.
Retrospective chart review of the effectiveness of Parent Child Interaction Therapy for toddlers with developmental concerns;
Investigators: McInnis, P, Kohlhoff, J, Eapen, V.
Treating perinatal and infant mental health: a service evaluation;
Stuchbury, M, Kohlhoff, J, Jehne, A.
A qualitative inquiry into how to optimise refugee children’s developmental health and wellbeing in preparation of the key transitions into primary and secondary school;
Investigators: Baker, J, Raman, S, Kohlhoff, J, George, A, Kaplun, C, Dadich, A, Amora, A, Zwi, K, Schmied, V, Eapen, V.
Volunteer Family Connect;
Investigators: J Baker, J Kohlhoff, V Eapen, A George, A Arora, A Al-Shammari
Volunteer Family Connect (VFC) is a community-driven, research-based home-visiting program that mobilises volunteers to provide support for parents of young children who are isolated or feeling overwhelmed by their parenting role. See here for a summary of research findings and here for return on investment.
Volunteer Family Connect;
Investigator: Grace, R, Kemp, L.
Evaluation of the Karitane Internet PCIT program: A retrospective file review study;
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J,Kimonis, E, Fleming, G.
A Randomised controlled trial comparing PCIT-T, COS-P and waitlist controls in the treatment of disruptive behaviours in children aged 14-24 months;
Investigators: Kohlhoff, J, McNeil, S, McMahon, C, Morgan, S, Huber, A, Hawkins, E, Eapen, V.
Higher Degree Research Student Projects
Sara Cibralic, UNSW PhD candidate
Project title: ‘The impact of PCIT-T on parental emotion regulation, reflective functioning, and understanding of the role of emotions in parenting and toddler behaviour’
Supervisors: Dr Jane Kohlhoff, Prof. Valsamma Eapen, A/Prof C. McMahon.
Michelle Kenny, UNSW PhD candidate
Project title: ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of a trauma informed parenting intervention for Indigenous parents’ mental health and attachment quality’
Supervisors: Dr Jane Kohlhoff, Prof Valsamma Eapen, Dr Beth Mah, A/Prof Kym Rae.
Maddie Simpson, WSU PhD candidate
Project title: ‘Understanding the development of post- traumatic stress disorder following childbirth and its impact on women who access residential and day parenting services in NSW’
Supervisors: Professor Hannah Dahlen, Virginia Schmied, Cathy Dickson.
Bryan Neo UNSW Masters candidate
Project title: ‘Validation of the Clinical Assessment of Prosocial Emotions (CAPE) in Pre-schoolers with Disruptive Behaviour’
Supervisor/Co-investigators: A/Prof. Eva Kimonis (UNSW), A/Prof. David Hawes (USyd), Prof. Valsamma Eapen (UNSW).
July 2018 to June 2019
• Cibralic, S, Owen & C, Kohlhoff, J 2019, ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attachment: Is an Attachment Perspective Relevant in Early Interventions with Children on the Autism Spectrum?’ In McNeil, CB, Quetsch, LB, & Anderson, CM (Eds). ‘Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum’, Springer.
• Kohlhoff, J & Morgan, S 2018, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T) . In Niec, L (Ed) ‘Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – Innovations and Applications for Research and Practice’, Springer
Peer Review Journal Articles
• Kohlhoff, J, Wallace, N, Morgan, S, Maiulo, M &Turnell, A 2019, Internet-delivered Parent Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT): Two clinical case reports. Clinical Psychologist, 1-12.
• Baker, J, Raman, S, Kohlhoff, J, George, A, Kaplun, C, Dadich, A, Amora, A, Zwi, K, Schmied, V & Eapen, E 2019, ‘Optimising Refugee Children’s Health/Wellbeing in Preparation for Primary and Secondary School: A Qualitative Inquiry’ BMC Public Health, 19: 812
• Brunton, RJ, Dryer, R, Krägeloh, C, Saliba, A, Kohlhoff, J & Medvedev, O 2019, ‘Women and Birth’, The initial development of the Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Scale Journal, vol 32, 118-130.
• Brunton, R, Dryer, R, Kohlhoff, J & Saliba, A 2019, Re- Examining Pregnancy-Related Anxiety: a replication study. ‘Women and Birth’, vol 32, 131-137.
• Brunton, R.J, Dryer, R, Krägeloh, C, Saliba, A, Kohlhoff, J & Medvedev, O 2018, ‘The Pregnancy-Related Anxiety Scale: a validity examination using Rasch analysis’. Journal of Affective Disorders, vol 236, 127-135.
• Kohlhoff, J, Evaluation of the Karitane Internet Parent Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT) program. Oral presentation at the SWSLHD 2019 Research Showcase, Sydney, June 2019.
• Kohlhoff, J, Early intervention for Toddlers with disruptive behaviours: Results of a waitlist controlled trial of Parent- Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T). Evaluation of the Karitane Internet Parent Child Interaction Therapy (I-PCIT) program. Oral presentation at the SWSLHD 2019 Research Showcase, Sydney, June 2019.
• Neo, B, Kimonis, E, R, Hawes & D, Eapen, V, Validation of the Clinical Assessment of Prosocial Emotions (CAPE) in Pre-schoolers with Disruptive Behaviour. Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Washington DC, USA, November 2018.
• Neo, B, Kimonis, E. R, Hawes, D, & Eapen, V, Validation of the Clinical Assessment of Prosocial Emotions (CAPE) in Pre-schoolers with Disruptive Behaviour. Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Brisbane, Australia, October, 2018.
• Lam-Cassetari, C & Kohlhoff, J, Mothers with postnatal depression are less affective and talk less to pre-linguistic infants. International Congress of Infant Studies. Philadelphia, July 2018.
“We’ve treated families from Armidale, Dubbo, Bega and Byron Bay, with all showing dramatic changes in the children’s behaviour, and parents reporting a reduction in disobedience, hurting parents and siblings and extreme tantrums."
Dr Jane Kohlhoff, Senior Lecturer in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW
Articles on Research Projects:
Creating Better Futures for Children through Effective Parent Education – Confidence keeps the family strong – Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2015
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