Senior Research Associate

Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari

Medicine & Health
Psychiatry-SWSAHS

Christa Lam-Cassettari is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychiatry, UNSW, Academic Unit of Child Psychiatry South West Sydney (AUCS), and Clinical Trial Coordinator for an NHMRC funded partnerships project awarded to Professor Valsamma Eapen and colleagues entitled Watch Me Grow Integrated Approach – WMG-I: Changing practice to improve universal child health and developmental surveillance in the primary care setting. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and economic cost of the Watch Me Grow – Integrated (WMG-I) intervention and to explore stakeholder and community requirements of child developmental checks in the preschool years.  
 
Previous roles include a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Nottingham/NIHR Biomedical Research Unit conducting a Phase 1 Randomised Control Trial investigating the effect of a video-feedback intervention on parent–child communication in the context of congenital child hearing loss; a Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation funded Research Fellowship at Western Sydney University, The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development BabyLab examining the relationship between vocal emotion in parents' infant-directed speech and early word learning in Sweden and Australia. Christa was the interim Academic Leader BabyLab 2018-2020. Research interests include: quantitative and qualitative differences in infant-directed speech (IDS) input and the role of IDS in supporting early language, emotional availability and social-emotional development in children from 0-5 years of age; similarities and differences in emotional expression and parent-child interactions with mothers and fathers; the effect of postnatal depression on parent-child communication; and the role of family centred early interventions in improving child outcomes. Lam-Cassettari obtained her PhD examining the influence of infant hearing loss on mother-infant interaction: Implications for infant-directed speech, infant responsiveness and vocabulary development. She holds an Adjunct Fellowship at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. 

Publications

  • Book Chapters |
    Wadnerkar-Kamble MM; Lam-Cassettari C; James DM, 'Making a Complex Family Centred Intervention–Based Research Fully Inclusive and Data Driven: An Exploratory Study Using Single Cases', in SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications, Ltd., http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013512764
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dwyer A; De Almeida Neto A; Estival D; Li W; Lam-Cassettari C; Antoniou M, 2021, 'Suitability of text-based communications for the delivery of psychological therapeutic services to rural and remote communities: Scoping review', JMIR Mental Health, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/19478
    Journal articles | 2021
    Jones C; Kalashnikova M; Khamchuang C; Best CT; Bowcock E; Dwyer A; Hammond H; Hendy C; Jones K; Kaplun C; Kemp L; Lam-Cassettari C; Li W; Mattock K; Odemis S; Short K, 2021, 'A short-form version of the Australian English communicative development inventory', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2021.1981446
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lam-Cassettari C; Peter V; Antoniou M, 2021, 'Babies detect when the timing is right: Evidence from event-related potentials to a contingent mother-infant conversation', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 48, pp. 100923 - 100923, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100923
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wadnerkar Kamble M; Lam-Cassettari C; James DM, 2020, 'Communication Skills and Communicative Autonomy of Prelinguistic Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Application of a Video Feedback Intervention', FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01983
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lam-Cassettari C; Kohlhoff J, 2020, 'Effect of maternal depression on infant-directed speech to prelinguistic infants: Implications for language development', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, pp. e0236787, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236787
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hogarth L; Lam-Cassettari C; Pacitti H; Currah T; Mahlberg J; Hartley L; Moustafa A, 2019, 'Intact goal-directed control in treatment-seeking drug users indexed by outcome-devaluation and Pavlovian to instrumental transfer: critique of habit theory', European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 50, pp. 2513 - 2525, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ejn.13961
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lam-Cassettari C; Wadnerkar-Kamble MB; James DM, 2015, 'Enhancing Parent-Child Communication and Parental Self-Esteem With a Video-Feedback Intervention: Outcomes With Prelingual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children', JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, vol. 20, pp. 266 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/env008
    Journal articles | 2013
    James DM; Wadnerkar-Kamble MB; Lam-Cassettari C, 2013, 'Video feedback intervention: a case series in the context of childhood hearing impairment', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, vol. 48, pp. 666 - 678, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12039
    Journal articles | 2012
    James DM; Wadnerkar MB; Lam-Cassettari C; Kang S; Telling AL, 2012, 'Thin Slice Sampling of Video Footage for Mother/Child Interaction: Application to Single Cases', JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT, vol. 34, pp. 351 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10862-012-9282-9
    Journal articles | 2012
    Lam C; Kitamura C, 2012, 'Mommy, speak clearly: induced hearing loss shapes vowel hyperarticulation', DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, vol. 15, pp. 212 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01118.x
    Journal articles | 2010
    Lam C; Kitamura C, 2010, 'Maternal Interactions With a Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Twin: Similarities and Differences in Speech Input, Interaction Quality, and Word Production', JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, vol. 53, pp. 543 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0126)
    Journal articles | 2009
    Kitamura C; Lam C, 2009, 'Age-Specific Preferences for Infant-Directed Affective Intent', INFANCY, vol. 14, pp. 77 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15250000802569777
    Book Chapters |
    Wadnerkar-Kamble MM; Lam-Cassettari C; James DM, 'Making a Complex Family Centred Intervention–Based Research Fully Inclusive and Data Driven: An Exploratory Study Using Single Cases', in SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications, Ltd., http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013512764
  • Preprints |
    Dwyer A; de Almeida Neto A; Estival D; Li W; Lam-Cassettari C; Antoniou M, Suitability of Text-Based Communications for the Delivery of Psychological Therapeutic Services to Rural and Remote Communities: Scoping Review (Preprint), http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.19478
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dwyer A; De Almeida Neto A; Estival D; Li W; Lam-Cassettari C; Antoniou M, 2021, 'Suitability of text-based communications for the delivery of psychological therapeutic services to rural and remote communities: Scoping review', JMIR Mental Health, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/19478
    Journal articles | 2021
    Jones C; Kalashnikova M; Khamchuang C; Best CT; Bowcock E; Dwyer A; Hammond H; Hendy C; Jones K; Kaplun C; Kemp L; Lam-Cassettari C; Li W; Mattock K; Odemis S; Short K, 2021, 'A short-form version of the Australian English communicative development inventory', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2021.1981446
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lam-Cassettari C; Peter V; Antoniou M, 2021, 'Babies detect when the timing is right: Evidence from event-related potentials to a contingent mother-infant conversation', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 48, pp. 100923 - 100923, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100923
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wadnerkar Kamble M; Lam-Cassettari C; James DM, 2020, 'Communication Skills and Communicative Autonomy of Prelinguistic Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Application of a Video Feedback Intervention', FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01983
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lam-Cassettari C; Kohlhoff J, 2020, 'Effect of maternal depression on infant-directed speech to prelinguistic infants: Implications for language development', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, pp. e0236787, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236787
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hogarth L; Lam-Cassettari C; Pacitti H; Currah T; Mahlberg J; Hartley L; Moustafa A, 2019, 'Intact goal-directed control in treatment-seeking drug users indexed by outcome-devaluation and Pavlovian to instrumental transfer: critique of habit theory', European Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 50, pp. 2513 - 2525, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ejn.13961
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lam-Cassettari C; Wadnerkar-Kamble MB; James DM, 2015, 'Enhancing Parent-Child Communication and Parental Self-Esteem With a Video-Feedback Intervention: Outcomes With Prelingual Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children', JOURNAL OF DEAF STUDIES AND DEAF EDUCATION, vol. 20, pp. 266 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/env008
    Journal articles | 2013
    James DM; Wadnerkar-Kamble MB; Lam-Cassettari C, 2013, 'Video feedback intervention: a case series in the context of childhood hearing impairment', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, vol. 48, pp. 666 - 678, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12039
    Journal articles | 2012
    Lam C; Kitamura C, 2012, 'Mommy, speak clearly: induced hearing loss shapes vowel hyperarticulation', DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE, vol. 15, pp. 212 - 221, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01118.x
    Journal articles | 2012
    James DM; Wadnerkar MB; Lam-Cassettari C; Kang S; Telling AL, 2012, 'Thin Slice Sampling of Video Footage for Mother/Child Interaction: Application to Single Cases', JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT, vol. 34, pp. 351 - 360, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10862-012-9282-9
    Journal articles | 2010
    Lam C; Kitamura C, 2010, 'Maternal Interactions With a Hearing and Hearing-Impaired Twin: Similarities and Differences in Speech Input, Interaction Quality, and Word Production', JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, vol. 53, pp. 543 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0126)
    Journal articles | 2009
    Kitamura C; Lam C, 2009, 'Age-Specific Preferences for Infant-Directed Affective Intent', INFANCY, vol. 14, pp. 77 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15250000802569777