Professor Jan Nicholson
Professor Jan Nicholson is Research Director at the Parenting Research Centre, Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Learning Innovation, Queensland University of Technology. She has a background in child and family psychology with post-doctoral training in public health. Jan’s research examines the influence of contemporary family, social and organisational environments on children’s healthy development, with a particular focus on vulnerable families.
Jan is the Design Team Leader for parenting and family functioning in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), a national study tracking the health and development of two cohorts of 5000 children each. She heads an NHMRC-funded cohort study of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commencing recruitment in 2011, and is co-investigator on studies promoting effective parenting, early literacy and healthy early life nutrition.
In her role as Research Director at the PRC, Jan oversees our research program that spans themes such as making a difference in the early years, parenting children with complex needs, parenting through tough times and parent wellbeing.
Bayer, J.K., Ukoumunne, O.C., Lucas, N., Wake, M., Scalzo, K., & Nicholson, J.M. (in press). Aetiology of mental health problems in childhood: A national longitudinal study. Pediatrics. Accepted June 2011.
Cooklin, A.R., Canterford, L., Strazdins, L., & Nicholson, J.M. (2011) Employment conditions and maternal postpartum mental health: Results from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 14 (3), 217-225.
Phillips, M.E., Bruce, V., Halford, W.K., & Nicholson, J.M. Predicting married and cohabiting couples’ futures from their descriptions of stepfamily life. Journal of Family Psychology. Accepted June 2011.
Turner, K.M.T., Nicholson, J.M. & Sanders, M.R. (2011). The role of practitioner self-efficacy, training, program and workplace factors on the implementation of an evidence-based parenting intervention in primary care. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 32 (2), 95-112.
Brown, J.E., Broom, D.H., Nicholson, J.M., & Bittman, M. (2010). Do working mothers raise couch potato kids? Maternal employment and children’s lifestyle behaviours and weight in early childhood. Social Science and Medicine, 70(12), 1816-1824.
Nicholson, J.M., Berthelsen, D., Williams, K. & Abad, V. (2010). National study of an early parenting intervention: Implementation differences on parent and child outcomes. Prevention Science, 11, 360–370.
Nicholson, J.M., Lucas, N., Berthelsen, D., & Wake, M. (2010). Socioeconomic inequality profiles in physical and developmental health from 0-7 years: Australian national study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. First online, 19 October 2010, 10.1136/jech.2009.103291
Daniels, L., Magarey, A., Battistutta, D., Nicholson, J.M., Farrell, A., Davidson, G., & Cleghorn, G. (2009). The NOURISH randomised control trial: Positive feeding practices and food preferences in early childhood – a primary prevention program for childhood obesity. BMC Public Health, 9, 387.
Goebbels, A.F.G., Nicholson, J.M., Walsh, K. & de Vries, H. (2008). Teachers’ reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect: Behaviour and determinants. Health Education Research, 23 (6), 941-951.
Whitton, S.W., Nicholson, J.M., & Markman, H.J. (2008). Research on interventions for stepfamily couples: The state of the field (pp. 445-484). In J. Pryor (Ed). The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research and Clinical Environments. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.