Dr Alyssa Sawyer
|Position||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
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Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences
Alyssa works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor John Lynch. She also works as a Registered Psychologist in private practice, having completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Flinders University in 2012. Alyssa's postdoctoral research focuses on early childhood development and characteristics in early childhood that lead to good outcomes from a public health perspective (including academic achievement, mental and physical health). In particular, Alyssa's research focuses on the development of self-regulation, and predictors of childhood mental health problems.
PhD (Clin Psyc), 2012
Registered Psychologist, 2011
Honours in Psychology (First Class), 2007
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, 2006
Bachelor in Creative Arts (Creative Writing), 2003
Early child development
Self-regulation and attention
Life course epidemiology
Large grants (last 5 years)
2013 – 2015: Lynch J, Chittleborough C, Smithers L, Sawyer M, Brinkman S, Mittinty M, Sawyer A, Bowering K. Child health and development: a South Australian data linkage study. National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project.
Small grants (last 3 years)
2014 : Sawyer, M., Bowering, K., Jeffs, D., Lynch, J., Sawyer, A. Does nurse home-visiting improve
the longer term health and wellbeing of mothers and children? Channel 7 Children’s Research
2013: Sawyer, M., Bowering, K., Jeffs, D., Lynch, J., Sawyer, A. Does nurse home-visiting improve the longer term health and wellbeing of mothers and children? Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation.
1. Sawyer, A. C. P., Chittleborough, C. R., Lynch, J. W., Baghurst, P., Mittinty, M. N., Kaim, A. L. E., Sawyer, M. G. (2013). Can screening 4-5 year olds accurately identify children who will have teacher-reported mental health problems when children are aged 6-7 years? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, in press.
2. Sawyer, A. C. P., Williamson, P., Young, R. (2013). Metacognitive processes in emotion recognition: Are They different in adults with Asperger's Disorder? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, in press.
3. Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, A. C. P., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G. (2013). Child and family predictors of child-teacher relationship trajectories during the transition from preschool to school. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, in press.
4. Sawyer, A. C. P., Williamson, P., & Young, R. (2012). Can gaze avoidance explain why individuals with Asperger's Syndrome can't recognise emotions from facial expressions? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42 (4), 606-618.
5. Sawyer, M. G., Sawyer, A. C. P. & La Greca, A. M. (2012). Help-Seeking by Young People with Depressive Disorders. The Prevention Research, 10 (4), 11-14.
6. Sawyer, A. C. P., Clark, C. R., Keage, H. A. D., Moores, K. A., Clarke, S., Kohn, M., & Gordon, E. (2009). Cognitive and electroencephalographic disturbances in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and sleep problems: New insights. Psychiatry Research, 170 (2-3), 183-191.
Submitted and under review:
7. Sawyer, M. G., Pfeiffer, S., Sawyer, A. C. P., Bowering, K., Jeffs, D., Lynch, J. W. (2013). Effectiveness of nurse home-visiting for families in rural South Australia. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, under review.
8. Sawyer, A. C. P., Chittleborough, C. R., Mittinty, M. N., Miller-Lewis, L., Sawyer, M. G., Lynch, J. W. (2013) Are trajectories of self-regulation abilities from ages 2-3 to 6-7 associated with academic achievement in the early school years? Child: Care, Health and Development, under review.
Member of the NHMRC Research Translation faculty
Healthy Kids Cluster
Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
The Australian Psychological Society (Member)
The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologist (Associate member)
Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Healthy Development Adelaide
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