Dr. Helen Skouteris is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Helen Skouteris came to Deakin University in February 2008, when she was successfully appointed to a research only position in the School of Psychology, working on an NH&MRC Capacity Building Grant in the area of obesity prevention. She came from the School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, where she was a member of academic staff and Co-Director of the Child Development Unit from 1995-2007. In March 2011, Helen was appointed as an Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology, Deakin University.
Dr. Skouteris' current research interests and projects include:
1) an early Intervention for mental health problems among children in middle Primary School: Comparisons, Openness, Peers and Esteem (COPE);
2) parental risk factors for obesity in preschoolers, including sedentary activities, such as media use, physical activity and dietary intake;
3) psychological distress across pregnancy and postpartum;
4) excessive gestational weight gain;
5) the causes and effects of depression pre and post birth in men;
6) moment-by-moment fluctuations in body dissatisfaction among adolescents and adults;
7) promoting obesity prevention and environmental sustainability in early childhood contexts;
8) association between early childhood caries and childhood obesity.