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Dr Marie Yap is an Associate Professor (Research), NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Psychologist with expertise in parenting and youth mental health. Her research interests in parenting are two-fold: 1) increasing our understanding of specific family processes and the mechanisms by which they influence young people's mental health; and 2) translating existing research evidence into credible, accessible resources for parents to help them reduce their child's risk of developing mental health problems. She is the lead investigator of the Parenting Strategies program www.parentingstrategies.net, which has been developed to provide parents with actionable strategies endorsed by research evidence and experts in the field to help them protect their child's mental health.

Current Projects
1. Parenting Strategies: Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse, Depression and Anxiety
The www.parentingstrategies.net website currently consists of 2 linked sites:
1.1. www.parentingstrategies.net/alcohol/ provides parenting guidelines for adolescent alcohol use, as well as an interactive, web-based parenting program that tailors the guidelines recommendations for individual parents' needs and supports parents in their attempts to implement these recommendations. Pilot data demonstrates that parents find the program useful, reporting that they have made significant changes in their parenting after accessing the program.
1.2. www.parentingstrategies.net/depression/ provides parenting guidelines to prevent depression and anxiety disorders in their (1) teenagers and (2) primary school-aged children. Personalised online parenting programs have been developed to support parents in implementing these guidelines. We are currently evaluating the effects of these online programs in 3 pilot randomised controlled trials.

2. Training Parents of Teenagers study
This is a longitudinal randomised controlled trial to examine the effects of training parents in mental health first aid (MHFA) on teenagers' mental health in the long term. MHFA involves providing help to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. We would like to find out whether adolescents whose parents have been trained in MHFA will have better mental health outcomes, feel better supported by their parents, and be more likely to seek appropriate help if they develop mental health problems.

3. Tuning into Teens study
This is a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate a new parenting program, Tuning in to Teens (TINT), as an intervention to prevent adolescent mental health problems. Secondary schools will be randomised into intervention or 1-year waitlist, and Year 7 students and their parents will be recruited to the trial. This study will provide evidence about whether a parenting intervention targeting parent emotion socialization is effective in improving parenting skills, increasing youth and parent emotional competence, reducing youth internalising and externalising behaviour problems, and preventing the onset of mental illness in adolescents.

Related Links:


  • Online Interventions
  • Parenting
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Prevention
  • Alcohol Misuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2004 2018

A tailored web-based intervention to improve parenting risk and protective factors for adolescent depression and anxiety problems: Postintervention findings from a randomized controlled trial

Yap, M. B. H., Mahtani, S., Rapee, R. M., Nicolas, C., Lawrence, K. A., MacKinnon, A. & Jorm, A. F. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20, 1, 19 p., e17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Online parenting guidelines to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety: Evaluating user characteristics and usefulness

Yap, M. B. H., Martin, P. D. & Jorm, A. F. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Early Intervention in Psychiatry. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The impact of problematic substance use on partners’ interpersonal relationships: qualitative analysis of counselling transcripts from a national online service

Wilson, S. R., Lubman, D. I., Rodda, S., Manning, V. & Yap, M. B. H. 31 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Drugs. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The personal impacts of having a partner with problematic alcohol or other drug use: descriptions from online counselling sessions

Wilson, S. R., Lubman, D. I., Rodda, S., Manning, V. & Yap, M. B. H. 2018 In : Addiction Research and Theory. 26, 4, p. 315-322 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Affective Parenting Behaviors, Adolescent Depression, and Brain Development: A Review of Findings From the Orygen Adolescent Development Study

Schwartz, O. S., Simmons, J. G., Whittle, S., Byrne, M. L., Yap, M. B. H., Sheeber, L. B. & Allen, N. B. Jun 2017 In : Child Development Perspectives. 11, 2, p. 90-96 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review