Role of the family environment in shaping children's brains and mental health

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Sarah Whittle 8344 1958 Personal web page

Summary The family environment, and in particular, the relationship between a child and their parent/s, has a significant role in shaping children's development and susceptibility to mental health problems. Emerging research suggests that parents impact their children's development via shaping their brain maturation. This project will utilise gold-standard observational data to investigate associations between real-world parenting behaviours, brain development and mental health in children. As data from this project has already been collected (N=160 participants), the student will work on analysis of the observational, neuroimaging and mental health data.

Project Details

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine

Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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