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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

Code Description Percentage
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 50
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2012 Australian Postgraduate Award
Unknown
2011 Callaway Doctoral Award
Unknown
2011 Newcastle 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher
2015 StGeorge 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... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1080/03004430.2014.1000888
Co-authors Emily Freeman, Richard Fletcher
2014 StGeorge 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 in... [more]

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.

DOI 10.2190/AG.78.4.c
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2014 StGeorge 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]
DOI 10.1177/0255761413491178
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook
2014 May 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-authors Richard Fletcher
2013 Fletcher 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 relations... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1080/03004430.2012.723439
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Emily Freeman
2013 Freeman 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-authors Emily Freeman, Richard Fletcher, Nicola Ross
2012 St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Fathers' role in school readiness', Every Child, 18 22-24 (2012) [C3]
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2012 St 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]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2012 St 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]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook
2011 Fletcher 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]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors David Lubans, Richard Fletcher, Philip Morgan
2011 Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Heading into fatherhood-nervously: Support for fathering from online dads', Qualitative Health Research, 21 1101-1114 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1049732311404903
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2011 St George JM, Fletcher R, 'Fathers online: Learning about fatherhood through the internet', Journal of Perinatal Education, 20 154-162 (2011) [C1]
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2010 Fletcher R, St George JM, 'Men's help-seeking in the context of family separation', Advances in Mental Health, 9 49-62 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/jamh.9.1.49
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2010 Fletcher 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]
DOI 10.5172/jfs.16.2.101
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2006 Holbrook 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-authors Miranda Lawry, Allyson Holbrook
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Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 St 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)
2011 St 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-authors Allyson Holbrook
2011 St 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]
2010 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher, Philip Morgan, David Lubans
2010 St 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-authors Richard Fletcher
2010 Holbrook 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-authors Kylie Shaw, Allyson Holbrook
2009 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher, Kim Gray
2009 Simmons 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-authors Allyson Holbrook, Miranda Lawry
2008 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher
2004 St 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fletcher R, St George J, 'Refining father-Inclusive Practice Webinar', Refining father-Inclusive Practice: Australian Institute of Family Studies (2015)
Co-authors Richard Fletcher
2014 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher
2014 Fletcher 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-authors Richard Fletcher
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $538,093

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20152 grants / $200,908

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms 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
Scheme Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms 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
Scheme Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20142 grants / $27,255

ERF Teaching Relief - St George$23,520

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer St George, Professor Darren Rivett
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301435
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer St George
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301230
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jennifer St George
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301040
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $300,000

Building Connections through Play-Interrelate$300,000

Funding body: Interrelate Family Centres

Funding body Interrelate Family Centres
Project Team Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Jennifer St George
Scheme Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1101168
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 NSW 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

Email jennifer.stgeorge@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6690
Links Personal webpage
Personal webpage
Personal webpage

Office

Room AOB 32
Building Academic Office Block 32
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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