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Dr Heather Rowe is a health scientist with backgrounds in the biological and psychological sciences and expertise in health promotion in the perinatal period. Her program of research positions women's mental health in its social, economic, cultural and political contexts and recognises gender disadvantage as a key determinant. She conducts clinical and community-based trials of existing and innovative interventions. Outcomes of her work include development, evaluation, knowledge exchange and implementation of evidence-based mental health promotion programs. She has supervised more than twenty postgraduate student research projects to completion. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Breastfeeding Journal, Associate Editor for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, and a regular reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals. She is Secretary General of the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology .

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 1974 2019

Mental health trajectories among women in Australia as they age

Tran, T., Hammarberg, K., Ryan, J., Lowthian, J., Freak-Poli, R., Owen, A., Kirkman, M., Curtis, A., Rowe, H., Brown, H., Ward, S., Britt, C. & Fisher, J., 2019, In : Aging and Mental Health. 23, 7, p. 887-896 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based treatment with telephone support for postpartum women with anxiety: Randomized controlled trial

Ashford, M. T., Olander, E. K., Rowe, H., Fisher, J. R. W. & Ayers, S., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20, 4, 17 p., e19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Fertility management experiences of women with polycystic ovary syndrome in Australia

Holton, S., Papanikolaou, V., Hammarberg, K., Rowe, H., Kirkman, M., Jordan, L., McNamee, K., Bayly, C., McBain, J., Sinnott, V. & Fisher, J., 4 Jul 2018, In : European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. 23, 4, p. 282-287 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review