Dr Alyssa Sawyer

Dr Alyssa Sawyer
 Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow
 Org Unit Psychology
 Email alyssa.sawyer@adelaide.edu.au
 Location Floor/Room Mon - Tue 34455 Wed - Thur 0881617207 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    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.

  • Qualifications

    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

  • Research Interests

    Early child development

    Self-regulation and attention

    Mental health

    Life course epidemiology

  • Research Funding

    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.

  • Publications

    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.

  • Professional Associations

    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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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018

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