Miss Alix Woolard

Miss Alix Woolard

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. I have a keen interest in infant development, in particular I’m currently investigating how infant characteristics, such as temperament and risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder, can influence maternal infant-directed speech in the first year of life. I’m also interested in mother-infant interactions during early development, and how early differences in these interactions can influence development. As such, my research is multidisciplinary utilising collaboration from areas including Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Linguistics.

In my research I use a range of methods including psychometric tools, clinical assessment tools, eye-tracking and audio/visual recording technology to explore various aspect of development across the first year of a baby’s life. I’m currently working on a number of projects investigating infant development, however my PhD project focuses on preterm infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. My research is primarily conducted at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, in collaboration with Hunter New England Health.


Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Fundamental Frequency
  • Infant Development
  • Infant Temperament
  • Infant-Directed Speech
  • Pitch Contours
  • Preterm Infants

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing 60
200499 Linguistics not elsewhere classified 40

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Australian Postgraduate Award
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
2016 Faculty Medal
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2019 Three-Minute Thesis Winner, Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science and Information Technology The University of Newcastle
2015 Most Popular Presentation
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PSYC3800 Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology The University of Newcastle
Online Demonstrator 18/7/2019 - 31/10/2019
PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction 2
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/7/2017 - 1/10/2017
PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/3/2017 - 1/6/2017
SCIM1040 Foundations of Science and Technology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/3/2017 - 1/6/2017
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Publications

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


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Mallise CA, Lane AE, Woolard AJ, Whalen OM, Murphy VE, Karayanidis F, Campbell LE, 'The temperament features associated with autism spectrum disorder in childhood: A systematic review', Research in Developmental Disabilities, 104 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2020.103711
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy, Frini Karayanidis, Alison Lane
2020 Whalen OM, Campbell LE, Murphy VE, Lane AE, Gibson PG, Mattes J, et al., 'Observational study of mental health in asthmatic women during the prenatal and postnatal periods', Journal of Asthma, 57 829-841 (2020) [C1]

© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Objective: We aimed to examine the prevalence and severity of psychological distress of women with asthma in both the prenatal an... [more]

© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Objective: We aimed to examine the prevalence and severity of psychological distress of women with asthma in both the prenatal and postnatal periods, and to determine whether asthmatic women with and without mental health problems differ in self-management, medications knowledge, and asthma symptoms. Methods: We assessed spirometry performance and asthma symptoms in 120 women (mean age 29.8 years) before 23 weeks gestation, as part of the Breathing for Life Trial (Trial ID: ACTRN12613000202763). Prenatal depression data was obtained from medical records. At 6 weeks postpartum, we assessed general health, self-reported asthma control, depression symptoms (with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale) and adaptive functioning (with the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment scales). Results: Twenty percent of our sample reported having a current mental health diagnosis, 14% reported currently receiving mental health care, while 47% reported having received mental health care in the past (and may/may not have received a diagnosis). The sample scored high on the Aggressive Behavior, Avoidant Personality, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity scales. Poorer self-reported postnatal asthma control was strongly correlated with elevated somatic complaints, externalizing problems, antisocial personality problems, and greater withdrawal. Prenatal spirometry or asthma severity and control were largely not associated with measures of psychopathology. Conclusions: These findings indicate that pregnant women with asthma frequently report issues with psychopathology during the prenatal and postnatal periods, and that the subjective perception of asthma control may be more related to psychopathology than objective asthma measures. However, due to sample bias, these findings are likely to be understated.

DOI 10.1080/02770903.2019.1621888
Co-authors Alison Lane, Adam Collison, Frini Karayanidis, Peter Gibson, Joerg Mattes, Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy
2016 Woolard A, Benders T, Campbell L, Karayanidis F, Mattes J, Murphy V, et al., 'Exploring the association of infant temperament on maternal fundamental frequency contours', Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 229-232 (2016)
Co-authors Alison Lane, Joerg Mattes, Vanessa Murphy, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell

Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Woolard A, Benders T, Campbell L, Karayanidis F, Murphy V, Lane S, et al., 'The relationship between pitch contours in infant-directed speech and infant risk for autism.', International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada. (2019)
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Vanessa Murphy, Joerg Mattes, Linda E Campbell, Alison Lane
2019 Woolard A, Armstrong T, Benders T, Lane A, Karayanidis F, Murphy V, Campbell L, 'The relationship between maternal infant-directed speech and infant attention during the first year.', International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada (2019)
Co-authors Vanessa Murphy, Linda E Campbell, Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis
2019 Lane A, Woolard A, Campbell L, Karayanidis F, Barker D, Korostenski L, et al., 'Characterising maternal pitch contours used during interactions with infants and high and low risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder', The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145 (3), California (2019)
DOI 10.1121/1.5101476
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Alison Lane, Shelly Lane, Frini Karayanidis
2018 Woolard A, Benders T, Armstrong T, Karayanidis F, Murphy V, Mallise C, et al., 'The relationship between infant temperament and behaviour, and maternal infant-directed speech.', World Association for Infant Mental Health Conference, Rome, Italy. (2018)
Co-authors Vanessa Murphy, Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell
2018 Woolard A, Benders T, Karayanidis F, Murphy VE, Mallise C, Whalen O, et al., 'The Characteristics of F0 Contours in Speech Directed at Infants at-Risk for Autism.', International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (2018)
Co-authors Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy
2018 Mallise C, Lane A, Karayanidis F, Murphy V, Woolard A, Whalen O, Campbell L, 'The Trajectory of Maternal Parenting Stress and Infant Temperament across the First Year of Life.', World Association for Infant Mental Health Conference, Rome, Italy. (2018)
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy, Alison Lane
2018 Lane A, Campbell L, Gibson P, Woolard A, Barker D, Tait J, et al., 'Early signs of autism in 12 month infants born to mothers with asthma', Griffith University, Gold Coast (2018)
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Adam Collison, Alison Lane, Joerg Mattes, Peter Gibson, Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy
2017 Whalen O, Lane A, Campbell L, Mallise C, Woolard A, Karayanidis F, 'The relationship between temperament, sensory processing and attentional control development in early infancy.', International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (2017)
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Alison Lane, Linda E Campbell
2017 Whalen O, Karayanidis F, Mallise C, Woolard A, Lane A, Campbell L, 'The effect of infant and maternal factors on the early development of infant cognition.', Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, England (2017)
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis
2017 Woolard A, Benders T, Campbell L, Karayanidis F, Murphy V, Mallise C, et al., 'The Effect of Infant Temperament on Maternal Infant-Directed Speech.', Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, England. (2017)
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Vanessa Murphy, Alison Lane
2017 Whalen O, Lane A, Campbell L, Mallise C, Woolard A, Karayanidis F, 'The relationship between temperament, sensory processing and attentional control development in early infancy', Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2017)
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Alison Lane
2017 Whalen O, Karayanidis F, Mallise C, Woolard A, Lane A, Campbell L, 'The role of infant and maternal factors on the early development of infant cognition', Lancaster, UK (2017)
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Alison Lane
2016 Woolard A, Benders T, Campbell L, Karayanidis F, Mattes J, Murphy V, et al., 'Exploring the association of infant temperament on maternal fundamental frequency contours.', Proceedings of the Sixteenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta (2016)
Co-authors Vanessa Murphy, Joerg Mattes, Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Woolard A, Benders T, Swaab L, Whalen O, Lane A, 'The relationship between pitch contours in infant-directed speech and infant risk for autism', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Alison Lane
2018 Lane A, Campbell L, Gibson P, Woolard A, 'Early signs of autism in 12 month infants born to mothers with asthma.', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Alison Lane
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Research Projects

Breathing for Life- Infant Development Study 2015 -


BabyMinds- Infant Development Study 2017 -


SDPrem- Characteristics and moderators of sensory modulations in preterm infants, in the first year of life 2017 -


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Miss Alix Woolard

Contact Details

Email alix.woolard@uon.edu.au
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