Associate Professor Richard Fletcher leads the Fathers and Families Research Program (FFRP) within the Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle. The FFRP team focus on research and teaching around fathers, particularly fathers of young children and babies.
Richard believes that we as a society need to change our expectations and beliefs relating to the role of fathers, for the benefit of the whole family and wider society.
Actively working towards this goal, Richard and his team have several projects in the works. They are in the process of trialing a smartphone based program that will offer information, mood assessment and support for new and expectant fathers, in a bid to identify and address paternal perinatal depression.
Dr Jennifer StGeorge is Senior Lecturer in Family Studies at the University of Newcastle. Jennifer’s work in family research explores several related areas, including father engagement in human services, fathers’ role in child development, and parenting processes. She has a particular interest in using qualitative methodologies to explore personal and developmental aspects of family life. Jennifer’s PhD in music educational psychology was awarded in 2010, gaining a University and National Australian Society for Music Education Award. She teaches courses in family studies and qualitative research methods, is a registered trainer for NVivo (qualitative analysis software) and reviews journals in related fields.
Dr Chris May has a long standing interest in fathering and parenting partnerships. This interest was fostered through more than 25 years of paediatric nursing experience which included 10 years as a paediatric diabetes nurse. Research in diabetes education led him to become the first non-medical officer to be awarded South East Sydney Area Health’s open division research prize. He qualified as a midwife in Edinburgh and has developed and facilitated antenatal education for fathers at HNEAHS for the last 10 years. His PhD explored the importance of coparenting quality in families where there is a child with an ASD and his recent work focuses on the integration of parenting partnerships into the activities of clinical practice and paternal perinatal support.
Jaime Wroe completed a Bachelor of Psychology in 2014 and was awarded first-class Honours with a study titled ‘Understanding negative thought experiences in healthy new fathers’. Continuing with a focus on fathers, Jaime is completing a PhD in Family studies under the supervision of Dr Richard Fletcher and Dr Linda Campbell. She is an active researcher in the fathers and families team at the University of Newcastle’s Family Action Centre.
Tara Payling is a Research Assistant and Team Administrator for the Fathers and Families Research program at Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle. Prior to working at the Family Action Centre, Tara worked as a Research Assistant at Hunter New England Population Health for the Early Childhood team. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Psychology mid-2014.
Maryanne Robinson has recently started working with the Family Action Centre assisting with research into fathers and families. She is currently completing a post graduate diploma in psychology (honours) and will be undertaking research in 2016 developing text messages to support the health and wellbeing of new fathers.