The University of Newcastle, Australia

Father-Child Interaction, Child Development & Mechanisms of Influence

Closing Date: 30 November 2018

PhD Scholarship

The PhD scholar will investigate aspects of father-child interaction that impact upon child development (0 to 5 years), with a particular focus on the nature, quality and frequency of the interactions.

Dad and child

A PhD scholarship exists within the Fathers and Families Research Program, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The scholar will be supervised by members of the Australian Father-Child Play Project, Dr Jennifer StGeorge, Dr Linda Campbell, Professor Shelly Lane and Dr Emily Freeman. There is opportunity to investigate:

  • The mechanisms for effects of fathers' physical, stimulating and sensitive play on child behaviours and functioning; these may be at the physiological (e.g.,vagal, motor), psychosocial (e.g., attachment, reflective function), or neurobiological (e.g.,cortisol, RSA) level of the child or father.
  • The moderators of the effects of fathers’ interactions on child behaviour and functioning, such as family factors (co-parenting, attachment relationships), or maternal, paternal and child factors (such as temperament, personality, mental health, child age).
  • The range and efficacy of measures of father-child interaction, fathering behaviours and or interventions to enhance father-child relationship quality.
  • The feasibility of prenatal fatherhood education in education and or health settings, including investigation of the range and efficacy of existing prenatal parenting education programs or interventions focusing on fatherhood.

Applicants with related lines of investigation are welcome to discuss their proposal.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance, if applicable.

Supervisor: Dr Jennifer StGeorge

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the minimum admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 30 November 2018.

Applications Close 30 November 2018

Contact Dr Jennifer StGeorge
Phone +61 2 4921 6690

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