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
2015 Most Popular Presentation
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/03/2017 - 1/06/2017
PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction 2
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/07/2017 - 1/10/2017
SCIM1040 Foundations of Science and Technology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle
Laboratory Demonstrator 1/03/2017 - 1/06/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Alison Lane, Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis
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 Alison Lane, Vanessa Murphy, Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Joerg Mattes

Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Adam Collison, Joerg Mattes, Peter Gibson, Alison Lane, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Vanessa Murphy
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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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