BA (Psych, Hons I), PhD (Medical Psychology), Grad Certificate (Infant Mental Health), MAPS
Nadine Kasparian is Associate Professor in Medical Psychology at UNSW. She is also Head of Psychology at the Heart Centre for Children, where in 2010, under the auspices of The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and UNSW Sydney, A/Prof Kasparian established Australasia's first integrated psychology research program and clinical service dedicated to childhood heart disease.
Current roles include:
Since 2007, A/Prof Kasparian has published, or had accepted for publication, over 100 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters, and 10 evidence-based interventions.
In 2015 Nadine developed the Perinatal Psychology course in the UNSW Master of Women's Health degree. This was the first time a course of this kind had been offered at UNSW. She also regularly lectures and provides workshops for a range of organisations, including NSW Institute of Psychiatry, and numerous overseas-based groups.
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A/Prof Kasparian is the recipient of two research fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC). She has a career total of over $17 million in competitive research funding.
A/Prof Kasparian's research focuses on improving the health and well-being of infants, children, adults and families affected by critical or chronic illness. Her multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians lead projects to:
To undertake this work Nadine’s team uses a variety of research designs, including:
Nadine's team is passionate about developing new and innovative ways of providing the best possible care to infants, children, adults and families from the time of medical diagnosis, through treatment, important life transitions, and beyond. This includes work involving people of all ages with complex congenital heart disease or rare and life-threatening genetic heart conditions, as well as their parents, siblings and wider family. We are also committed to better understanding and addressing the needs of bereaved families.
In addition to work in childhood heart disease, Nadine's team also applies their clinical research approach to other medical conditions, such as melanoma and other cancers, neuromuscular diseases, severe familial intellectual disability, and other critical or chronic illnesses.