Parenting and Family Support Centre
School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072
BPsycSc (Hons I)
John received his Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I) from UQ and is completing his PhD in the fields of clinical psychology and innovation. His body of doctoral research seeks to use innovation in the research and development process to design and test a behavioural family intervention for reducing sibling conflict and creating positive social impact.
During the third year of his PhD, under Director Prof. Matthew Sanders, John coordinated a multi-million dollar strategic funding bid from UQ to create the Triple P Innovation Precinct (TPIP). The mission of the TPIP is to provide people across the globe, regardless of their circumstance, with evidence-based tools that promote positive life development and offset adversity.
In his role as the Head of the innovation precinct, John oversees a body of work examining how innovation in a system of child and family interventions (Triple P) can be applied to improving the way people interact with the natural environment and the value of parenting programs in low and middle income countries.
John's interest is not only applying a parenting intervention in a novel way, but also building a culture of engagement and innovation in the university system. In particular, he is interested in how behavioural scientists collaborate with other scientists, economists and industry to create sustainable behavioural changes in areas such as public health and the environment. His work also explores the critical role of graduate students in leading innovation, and the training experience required to enable this.
John is a current member of The University of Queensland Senate which manages the University’s affairs and property, strategic priorities, finances, and oversees the major human resource matters associated with the 57,000 staff and students of UQ. He is a member of the Senate sub-committee for Buildings and Grounds that oversees, among other things, the strategic masterplan plan for the development of UQ's campuses. He is also a member of the Senate Advancement Steering Committee that provides oversight to the university's global philanthropic and engagement agenda.
Member, The University of Queensland Senate
Member, The University of Queensland Senate Advancement Steering Committee
Member, The University of Queensland Senate Sub-committee for Buildings and Grounds
Member, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Member, Australian Performing Right Association (APRA)
Member, The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
Convenor, Helping Families Change Conference
Triple P Sibling Conflict Project Manager
Accredited Triple P Practitioner
John's primary research interest is how innovation, partnerships, policy and philanthropy combine to enhance the global reach and effectiveness of population-level behaviour change interventions.
There are three major bodies of research that John oversees:
Innovation - creation of an innovation excellence framework that seeks to provide a model for training innovators, entrepreneurialism, and engagement. Innovation is best understood as renewing, changing or creating more effective processes, products, methods, or ways of doing things. For the TPIP this means fostering a culture which values trial and error in implementing new ideas, creating dynamic products and processes, improving existing services, and reinventing how we recognise and reward excellence.
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. S. (in press). Integrating Parents’ Views on sibling relationships to Tailor an Evidence-based Parenting Intervention for Sibling Conflict. Family Process. Accepted 1 July 2015.
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. S. (2015). The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: An example of a public health approach to evidence-based parenting support. Family Matters, 96, p.53-63.
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. S. (2015). The protocol for a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a brief intervention for parents of children experiencing sibling conflict. Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cp.12051
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. R. (2013). Enhancing communities through the design and development of positive parenting interventions. Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, 4(2), Article 18. Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/childrenatrisk/vol4/iss2/18
Sanders, M. R., Pickering, J. A., Kirby, J. N., Turner, K. M. T., Morawska, A., Mazzucchelli, T., Ralph, A., Sofronoff, K. (2012). A commentary on evidenced-based parenting programs: Redressing misconceptions of the empirical support for Triple P. BMC Medicine, 10, 145-149. doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-145
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. S. (2015). The importance of evidence-based parenting intervention to the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment. In S. Timmer & A. Urquiza, Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of maltreated children (1st ed., pp. 105-121). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
Sanders, M., & Pickering, J. (2014). O Triplo P - Programa de Parentalidade Positiva e a prevenção e tratamento dos problemas de externalização na infância. In L. Barros (ed.), Aconselhamento parental: intervenções psicológicas com pais. Lisboa, Portugal: Coisas de Ler.
Sanders, M. R. & Pickering, J.A. (2013). The importance of evidence-based parenting intervention to the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment. In S. Timmer & A. Urquiza (Eds). Evidence-Based Approaches for the Treatment of Maltreated Children: Considering Core Components and Treatment Effectiveness. New York, NY: Springer, pp. 105 - 122.
Pickering, J. A., & Sanders, M. R. (February, 2015). Brief Interventions to Population Level Outcomes: The Power of the Multilevel System. Symposium presented at the 2015 Helping Families Change conference. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Pickering, J. A. & Sanders, M. R. (February, 2014). The Development and Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention for Managing Sibling Conflict. Paper presented at the 2014 Helping Families Change Conference. Sydney, Australia.
Gallagher, J., & Pickering, J. A., Sanders, M. R. & Wang, G. (June, 2014). Promoting International Research COllaboration: Partnering Australia and China. Paper presented at the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Asia Pacific. Chinese University, Hong Kong.
Pickering, J. A. & Sanders, M. R. (July, 2014). The importance of a public health approach to evidence-based parenting support. Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
Pickering, J. A. & Sanders, M. R. (July, 2014). Enhancing communities through the design and development of positive parenting interventions for managing sibling conflict. Poster presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
Pickering, J. A. & Sanders, M. R. (October, 2013). The Development and Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention for Managing Sibling Conflict. Paper presented at the 2013 Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies. Adelaide, Australia.
Pickering, J. A. & Sanders, M. R. (February, 2013). Consumer Engagement and the Development of Effective Parenting Interventions for Managing Sibling Conflict. Paper presented at the 2013 Helping Families Change Conference. Los Angeles, USA.
Media and other activities
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 18 June). Interview by L. Mottram. Parents these days. 702 ABC Sydney Radio Program. Australia. Listen Here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 26 April). Kylie Lang on Sunday: It's the mother of all juggling acts. Story by K. Lang. Sunday Mail, p. 21.
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 18 April). Force of Nurture. Story by D. Passmore. Courier Mail, p. 7.
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 7 April). Interview by Anton Enus. Sibling Showdown. SBS Insight. Australia. Watch here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 7 April). The Gallaghers, the Stefanovics and the Rineharts: what’s behind sibling rivalries? The Conversation. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 16 January). Parents, don’t be too hard on yourselves. You’re doing OK. The Age. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 15 January) Parents, don’t be too hard on yourselves. You’re doing OK. Brisbane Times. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 13 January). Today’s parents are much too hard on themselves. The Washington Post. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2015, 13 January). Parents these days are judged too harshly. The Conversation. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2014, 24 September). Interview by L. Wilkinson. Is sibling rivalry a good thing? The Today Show. Australia. Watch here
Pickering, J. A. (2014, 23 September). Can sibling conflict cause mental health problems in later life? Story by Nicola Conville. News.com.au. Australia. Read here
Pickering, J. A. (2014, 6 July). Interview by P. Scott. Sibling Conflict. ABC Statewide Weekends. Queensland, Australia. Listen here
Pickering, J. A. (2014, 2 June). Interview by T. Cox. When does sibling conflict become a problem. ABC Drive Program. Brisbane, Australia. Listen here
Pickering, J. A. (2014, March). Pecking Order: Psychologists agree your sibling rank determines your life path. Story by A. Pavey. Brisbane News, 192, 10-11.
Pickering, J. A. (2014, June). Parental guidance: New study tracks sibling rivalry. Story by L. Chalmers. Sunday Mail, 31.
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