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Dr Jennifer St George

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

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.

Research Expertise
My research experience is situated in both Health and Education. I commenced my research career with a mixed methods doctoral study in education psychology (2010); for the doctoral thesis I earned the Newcastle Institute of Education Thesis Prize, and the Callaway Doctoral Award from the Australian Society for Music Education. My knowledge in the family studies discipline stems from my research with the Fathers and Families Research Program (F&FRP), Faculty of Health. My current research focuses on fathers' role in child development (specifically challenging and physical play), and factors that relate to paternal roles such as paternal perinatal depression and service provision. My methodological strengths lie in qualitative, observational and mixed research methodologies. In collaboration with Fletcher and Freeman, we have developed an observation instrument designed to measure father-child interaction in rough-and-tumble play.

Teaching Expertise
Courses I teach include: Foundations in Family Studies, Men in Human Services, and Qualitative Research Methods. I am also a registered trainer in NVivo qualitative analysis software and since 2007 have delivered training to research students and academics at ANU, Macquarie University and University of Newcastle.

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor Graduate Certificate and Master of Family Studies

Collaborations
Since 2008, I have worked within the Fathers and Families Research Program, in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine. Led by Dr Richard Fletcher, the research team has worked on a number of different projects with a core focus on fathers' role in family life and child well-being and father-inclusive practice in human services. The team have together produced a suite of peer-reviewed publications that explore fathers' influence from quantitative, qualitative and observational research approaches. In addition, we work collaboratively with researchers in Canada and the USA to develop theoretical and practical extensions of our research.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Family Studies
  • Father Engagement
  • Men in Human Services
  • Music Educational Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Languages

  • French (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
139999Education not elsewhere classified50
169999Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/2015 - 31/07/2015Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/07/2014 - 2/07/2014Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
20/12/2013 - 21/12/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
19/09/2013 - 19/09/2013Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Australia
4/06/2013 - 20/12/2013Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
6/04/2011 - 6/04/2011Sessional AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia
15/07/2007 - 30/11/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
1/01/2006 - Membership - Australian Society for Music EducationThe Australian Society for Music Education (ASME)
Australia
1/01/2005 - Research AssistantUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2012Australian Postgraduate Award
Unknown
2011Callaway Doctoral Award
Unknown
2011Newcastle Institute for Educational Research Thesis Prize
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Fletcher R, st george J, may C, hartman D, 'Father-Inclusive Practice in a Family Centre - An Australian Perspective', Zero to Three, 60-67 (2015)
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2015StGeorge J, Fletcher R, Freeman E, Paquette D, Dumont C, 'Father¿child interactions and children's risk of injury', Early Child Development and Care, (2015)

Unintentional injury is an important cause of infant and child hospitalisation and parents play a key role in reducing children's risk-taking behaviour. Studies show that maternal and paternal parenting and supervision of children differ, but there is little research showing how fathers¿ parenting may influence children's tendency to engage in risk-taking behaviour. Recent theoretical developments suggest that father's parenting may be particularly effective in encouraging safe risk taking. In this study, we examine how well parenting practices typically undertaken by fathers predict rates of children's injury risk at three years. Questionnaire data were collected from 46 fathers. Results show that both duration of rough-and-tumble play and fathers¿ encouragement of perseverance predicted lower rates of injury behaviours, while their stimulation of risk taking predicted higher rates of injury behaviours. The results are discussed in the light of developmentally appropriate risk taking and fathering.

DOI10.1080/03004430.2014.1000888
Co-authorsEmily Freeman, Richard Fletcher
2014StGeorge JM, Fletcher RJ, 'Men's experiences of grandfatherhood: A welcome surprise', International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 78 351-378 (2014) [C1]

The present-day involvement of men in many facets of childrearing stands in contrast to previous eras when men accepted that the major task of fathering was to provide a secure income to support the family. This imperative often required long hours away from the family. However, when men whose contact with children has been limited due to work and cultural constraints retire, their newly acquired lifestyle may bring fresh opportunities for involvement with grandchildren. An important question therefore concerns the impact of caring for young children on men's perceptions of their role as grandfathers. This interview study explores the experiences of 19 Australian grandfathers. The analysis found themes that relate to relationships and change, as well as themes concerning core beliefs and existential questions. The findings demonstrate the potential for insight into family relationships and personal growth in older age when studying the topic of grandparenting and caring from the male perspective. © 2014, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

DOI10.2190/AG.78.4.c
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2014StGeorge J, Holbrook A, Cantwell R, 'Affinity for music: A study of the role of emotion in musical instrument learning', International Journal of Music Education, 32 264-277 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1177/0255761413491178Author URL
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook
2014May CD, Fletcher, St george, 'A father's prenatal relationship with 'their' baby and 'her' pregnancy - implications for antenatal education', International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education, 1 5-12 (2014) [C2]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2013Fletcher R, StGeorge J, Freeman E, 'Rough and tumble play quality: Theoretical foundations for a new measure of father-child interaction', Early Child Development and Care, 183 746-759 (2013) [C1]

Energetic, competitive, body-contact play (rough and tumble play (RTP)) is commonly observed among young children and is reported as an important feature of father-child relationships. Animal studies have demonstrated positive developmental effects of peer-peer play-wrestling, influencing cognitive and social outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the nature of RTP between father and child and its relationship to child development and to describe a theoretically informed measure of the quality of father-child RTP. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

DOI10.1080/03004430.2012.723439
CitationsScopus - 4
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher, Emily Freeman
2013Freeman E, Ross NM, St George J, Fletcher R, 'A quantitative analysis of practitioners' knowledge of fathers and fathers' engagement in family relationship services', Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 24 270-277 (2013) [C1]
Co-authorsEmily Freeman, Richard Fletcher, Nicola Ross
2012St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Fathers' role in school readiness', Every Child, 18 22-24 (2012) [C3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2012St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Time for work, commuting, and parenting? Commuting parents' involvement with their children', Community, Work and Family, 15 273-291 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2012St George JM, Holbrook AP, Cantwell RH, 'Learning patterns in music practice: Links between disposition, practice strategies and outcomes', Music Education Research, 14 243-263 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook
2011Fletcher R, May C, St George JM, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Fathers' perceptions of rough-and-tumble play: Implications for early childhood services', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 36 131-138 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsDavid Lubans, Richard Fletcher, Philip Morgan
2011Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Heading into fatherhood-nervously: Support for fathering from online dads', Qualitative Health Research, 21 1101-1114 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1049732311404903
CitationsScopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2011St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Fathers online: Learning about fatherhood through the internet', Journal of Perinatal Education, 20 154-162 (2011) [C1]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2010Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Men's help-seeking in the context of family separation', Advances in Mental Health, 9 49-62 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.5172/jamh.9.1.49
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2010Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Practitioners' understanding of father engagement in the context of family dispute resolution', Journal of Family Studies, 16 101-115 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.5172/jfs.16.2.101
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2006Holbrook AP, St George JM, Ashburn EA, Graham AM, Lawry MJ, 'Assessment practice in fine art higher degrees', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy, 118 86-97 (2006) [C1]
Co-authorsMiranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
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Conference (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012St George JM, Holbrook AH, 'Cognitive, social and affective factors related to engagement in instrumental music learning', EARLI 2011 14th Biennial Conference: Education for a Global Networked Society. Book of Abstracts and Extended Summaries, Exeter (2012)
2011St George JM, Holbrook AP, 'Cognitive, social and affective factors related to engagement in instrumental music learning', EARLI 2011 14th Biennial Conference: Education for a Global Networked Society. Book of Abstracts and Extended Summaries, Exeter (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook
2011St George JM, 'Continuing engagement with music: The role of cognitive, social and affective disorders', The Seventh International Conference for Research in Music Education: Summaries and Abstracts, Exeter (2011) [E3]
2010Fletcher R, May C, St George JM, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Fathers' perceptions of rough and tumble play', 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference Proceedings, Melbourne (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2010St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Travelling well: Commuting parents' involvement with their children', 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Program and Abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2010Holbrook AP, St George JM, Sebalj DA, Shaw KM, 'Managing degrees of uncertainty: Management expectations in supervision', AARE International Education Research Conference - 2010, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsKylie Shaw, Allyson Holbrook
2009Fletcher R, St George JM, Douglas SL, Gray KM, 'The dad, the chat and the cam: New father's use of the web', National Men's Health Gathering 2009: Program and Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher, Kim Gray
2009Simmons BA, Holbrook AP, St George JM, Lawry MJ, Graham AM, 'Developing a researcher perspective during the course of a fine art research degree: Issues relating to supervision', AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection: Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E2]
Co-authorsAllyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2008Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Practitioners' understanding of father engagement in the context of family dispute resolution', 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Program & Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2004St George JM, 'The musical dropout: A new perspective', Proceedings of the XXVIth Annual Conference, Southern Cross University Tweed Heads (2004) [E1]
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Other (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Fletcher R, St George J, 'Refining father-Inclusive Practice Webinar', Refining father-Inclusive Practice: Australian Institute of Family Studies (2015)
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2014Fletcher R, may C, st george, stoker L, oshan M, 'Engaging Fathers - Evidence Review', . http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/area?command=record&id=197&cid=6: ARACY (2014)
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
2014Fletcher R, may C, st george, stoker L, oshan M, 'Engaging Fathers - Evidence Review', . http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/area?command=record&id=197&cid=6: ARACY (2014)
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$437,639

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20151 grants / $100,454

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Social Services
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts, Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms Kate Akhurst-Dennis, Doctor Chris May, Ms Karen Menzies, Doctor Jennifer St George, Ms Lynette Stoker, Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeTender
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401357
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20142 grants / $27,255

ERF Teaching Relief - St George$23,520

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer St George, Professor Darren Rivett
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301435
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Validation of the Rough-and-Tumble Play Quality (RTP-Q) measure of father-child interaction$3,735

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer St George
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301230
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $9,930

Evaluation of the effectiveness of a drumming-based intervention on the social and emotional wellbeing of at risk youth$9,930

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jennifer St George
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301040
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $300,000

Building Connections through Play-Interrelate$300,000

Funding body: Interrelate Family Centres

Funding bodyInterrelate Family Centres
Project TeamDoctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Jennifer St George
SchemeResearch Consultancy
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1101168
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014NSW Conservatoria of Music: Community Making and Social Inclusion
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Jennifer St George

Positions

Senior Lecturer
Fathers & Families Research Programme, Family Action Centre
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
Fathers & Families Research Programme, Family Action Centre
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Emailjennifer.stgeorge@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6690
LinksPersonal webpage
Personal webpage
Personal webpage

Office

RoomAOB 32
BuildingAcademic Office Block 32
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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