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The Family Interaction Program
(Centre for Developmental
Research, Programs and Policy)
Griffith University – Gold Coast Campus
Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, PhD, Director
Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Purpose of The Family Interaction Program
Developmental scholarship
Community focus and societal impact
Children and adolescents with their support persons
Evidence-based programming and policy
Quality evaluations / Outcomes research
– Informative
– Utilized
– Program development driven
• Best practice information / dissemination
Services and Research
• Currently 2 services are provided within The
Family Interaction Program
– Focus on maltreated children
• Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
• Sexual Abuse Program for children and caregivers
• Evaluation of the programs (PCIT - Rae Thomas,
Sexual Abuse Program - Kristy Pinter) PLUS…
Services and Research
– Examination of effectiveness within subgroups (Mark
– Observational investigations of interactions in families
• Emotions (Rae Thomas)
• Coercion and escalation of negative interactions (Kate
– Studies of children in other contexts outside the family
(Angela Anthonysamy)
– Examinations and summaries of evidence (Melanie ZimmerGembeck, Rae Thomas)
Current Work
• A research centre first and foremost
– Trial programs and disseminate
• Make effective programs available
• For example, PCIT in 2006
– Basic research (Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck)
• Development of antisocial behaviour/aggression (Nicki Crick, Byron Egeland,
Tasha Geiger, Tracey Hunter, Rhiarne Pronk, Melissa Williams)
• Stress and coping in children and adolescents (Danielle Sutton, Alison
• Child obesity, exercise and health (Jillian Joyce)
• Stress and coping in young adults and other groups (Carolyn Vickers, Karen
• Sexual behaviour and relationships (Byron Egeland, Sharon Horne, Jillian
Petherick, Jess Siebenbruner, Tammie Wilkinson)
• Relationships and well-being / depression (Karen Dacre, Tracey Hunter, Carolyn
• Development of the self (Michelle Hanisch)
Future Directions
• A research centre first and foremost
– Assist with program development and evaluation
• Can there be improvements in current programs?
• Mechanisms of change
– For whom is a program effective and why?
– Evidence-based Policies depend on useful information
• Assist policymakers to make decisions
Best practice reports
Analyses/summaries of the evidence
Responsive to policymakers needs
Also proactive