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Featured Researcher - Kylie Burke

Supporting parents of children and adolescents with life- threatening illness

Kylie Burke

How did you get into psychology?

I was working with children with developmental delays and their families and was affected by the resilience of parents in adapting to their child’s problems and their strength in seeking support and advocating for their children. I became very interested in how to assist parents to manage their children’s behaviour and assisting them to promote their child’s learning. This led me to return to university to complete my post-graduate training in psychology.

What do you think makes a good psychology researcher?

A good clinical researcher understands the importance of the scientist-practitioner model. That is, good research is built both from the existing research and clinical wisdom. Clinical research should be (wherever possible) embedded in the systems in which the clinical work will occur, should involve consultation and collaboration with the proposed consumers of the outcomes from the research (e.g., clients and practitioners who will use the research outcomes in practice) and should include a dissemination plan for the future.

What are you researching at the moment?

I am interested in research relating to supporting parents who are parenting in vulnerable or complex circumstances. In particular, I am interested in the impact of life-threatening illness in children (e.g., cancer, cardiac disease) on parent wellbeing and parenting practices and investigating the role of parenting interventions in improving health outcomes for seriously ill children.

I also have an interest in parenting during the adolescent years. In particular, I am interested in the role of parents in preventing adolescent mental health and anti-social behaviours.

I am currently involved in research looking at parenting in the context of childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses (e.g., cardiac disease, traumatic brain injuries) and the role of parenting interventions in child and adolescent mental health settings.

A further area of interest is the role of psychological flexibility in parents on their own and their adolescents’ behaviour and wellbeing.

Tell us something that people might be interested to know about you.

I have authored or co-authored three parenting interventions, and a manual for alcohol and other drug workers:

  • ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents Program – a group program that has been rolled out to more than 5000 families across Victoria;
  • Take A Breath program – a group based program aimed at reducing distress in    parents who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness
  • Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained – an online intervention for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents
  • Parenting and Support Toolkit for Alcohol and Other Drug Workers
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