Fields of Research (FoR)Mental Health, Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Paediatrics, Health and Community Services, Community Child Health, Family Care, Family and Household Studies
Dr Lauren Kelada is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within the School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Dr Kelada's research focuses on improving family functioning and mental health outcomes for family members affected by child chronic illness or disability. She works closely with the community sector to implement and evaluate family-based interventions when a child has a chronic illness or...view more
Dr Lauren Kelada is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within the School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Dr Kelada's research focuses on improving family functioning and mental health outcomes for family members affected by child chronic illness or disability. She works closely with the community sector to implement and evaluate family-based interventions when a child has a chronic illness or disability.
She completed her PhD in psychology at Monash University. Her PhD examined adolescent self-injury and recovery, and how this relates to parent- and adolescent-reported family functioning. Dr Kelada is particularly interested in research which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families. Her other research interests and expertise include suicide prevention, family violence and emotion regulation.
Please see www.behaviouralsciencesunit.org.
Dr Kelada has received >$4M in grants, fellowships, and philanthropic funding.
Notable grants over the past 5 years include:
- Luminesce Alliance (2023) $2,109,000 The Psychosocial Enabling Platform [CIF]
- Norwegian National Advisory Unit for Rare Disorders (2020) $35,504 Online intervention groups for siblings and parents of children with rare disorders: an Australian/Norwegian pilot trial (SIBS-ONLINE) [CID]
- Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2021) $40,217 The health, mental health and societal outcomes of trauma: Strengthening resilience among young people and families [Sole investigator]
- Sydney Partnership for Health, Enterprise and Research (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group (2020) $50,000 Partnering with community organisations to deliver online resilience programs for young people and parents after cancer treatment [CIB]
- Starlight Children’s Foundation (2018) $75,933 Starlight Express Rooms Evaluation: Making hospitals accessible for children, siblings, and parents [CIA]
PhD in psychology - Monash University
First Class Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Monash University
Selected recent awards
2021-2022 Golda Meir Fellowship
2021 Winner of the best Early Career Researcher presentation at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine conference, 3-5 February 2021.
2021 Society of Pediatric Psychology International Award
2020 Donald Cohen Fellowship for the 2020 International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals Congress
My Research Activities
Dr Kelada is leading the following research studies:
SIBS-ONLINE: Pilot of an online program for siblings and parents of children living with chronic illness
Cascade: An implementation trial to allow community organisation to implement a resilience intervention for parents of children with cancer
DEER (developmental and epileptic encephalopathies research) psychosocial substudy: Implementing care coordinators for children with DEEs in Australian children's hospitals
STOP 2D psychosocial substudy: Assessing the parent-perceived acceptability of a preventative drug (sirolimus) for infants of children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Wellbeing of siblings of children with chronic illness
Models of care for young people with rare disease
Support for families of children with rare or chronic illness