Dr Rhiannon Pilkington

Dr Rhiannon Pilkington
 Position Postdoctoral Researcher
 Org Unit Public Health
 Email rhiannon.pilkington@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0956
 Location Floor/Room WS9050.15 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Rhiannon is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Australia, as a part of the  BetterStart Child Health and Development research group led by Professor John Lynch. She is an epidemiologist with expertise in translational research, epidemiologic research methods, data linkage, and the analysis of large, population datasets. Over the past 2 years she has focussed on collaborating with government child protection, health and education departments to bridge the gap between research and practice by using administrative data to inform the development, targeting, and evaluation of programs aimed at improving child health and development.


  • Qualifications

    PhD, 2014

    Graduate Diploma in Public Health, 2012

    Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), 2008

  • Research Interests

    Early-life conditions that contribute to child health and development

    Child protection system involvement and child maltreatment

    Potentially preventable hospitalisations

    Translational research

  • Research Funding

     2017-2019 Pilkington R, Lynch J, Guthridge S, Chittleborough C, Petersen J, Mittinty M. Child Maltreatment and School Outcomes. The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation $69,754.

     2017 Lynch J, Pilkington R. The SA Early Childhood Data Project, informing the CaFHS Case for Change. The South Australian Child and Family Health Service.

    2016-2019 Lynch J, Pilkington R, Gialamas A, Chittleborough C. The Early Childhood Data Project, a Government-Academic partnership. The South Australian Department for the Premier and Cabinet $998,989.

  • Publications

    Shi Z, Ruel G, Dal Grande E, Pilkington R, Taylor AW. Soft drink consumption and multimorbidity among adults. Clinical Nutrition. 2014. 10:e71.

    Pilkington R, Scalzi D, Gialamas A, Smithers L, Chittleborough C, Lynch J. The South Australian Early Childhood Health and Development Project. Research Series 2014-01. Adelaide:  School of Population Health, The University of Adelaide, 2014.

    Pilkington R, Taylor AW, Hugo G & Wittert G. Are Baby Boomers healthier than Generation X? A profile of Australia’s working generations using National Health Survey data. PLOS ONE. 2014. 9:3.

    Taylor AW, Pilkington R, Feist H, Dal Grande E & Hugo G. A survey of retirement intentions of Baby Boomers. An overview of health, social and economic determinants. BMC Public Health . 2014. 14:355.

    Taylor AW, Price K, Gill TK, Adams R, Pilkington R, Carrangis N, Shi Z, Wilson D and NWAHS study team. Multimorbidity – not just an older person’s issue.  Results from an Australian biomedical cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2010. 10:718.

    Taylor AW, Coveney J, Ward P, Henderson J, Meyer S, Pilkington R & Gill T.  2012, Fruit and vegetable consumption the influence of aspects associated with trust in food and safety and quality of food, Public Health Nutrition, 15:2, 208-217. 

    Winefield H, Gill T, Taylor AW, Pilkington R. Psychological well-being and psychological distress: is it necessary to measure both?  Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice 2012, 2:3.


  • Professional Associations

    International Epidemiological Association

    American Association of Public Health

    Public Health Association of Australia

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