Chief Investigators: Dr Koa Whittingham, Dr Jeanie Sheffield, Prof. Roslyn Boyd. 

Aims: To improve psychological outcomes for families of infants at risk of CP by testing EARLY PACT, utilising web-based delivery for maximum reach and parental convenience. Parenting is the key modifiable factor that impacts upon children’s psychological and social wellbeing.

Design: RCT where parents of infants at risk of CP (n=126) from around Australia will be allocated to: PACT or wait-list control. Intervention: PACT is based on behavioural parenting interventions and parental emotional responsiveness. Content includes: understanding parenting stress, exploring of the workability of struggling with parenting stress, understanding parenting values, understanding and practicing mindfulness, accepting emotions and promoting emotional resilience. EARLY PACT incorporates: virtual presentations, MP3 guided mindfulness exercises, emails, text messages, web-based exercises with feedback and web based sessions with a child psychologist.

Project members

Dr Koa Whittingham

NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, QCPRRC
Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland

Dr Jeanie Sheffield

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Scientific Director, Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland