Marie Yap

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Please refer to Current Projects on my profile. I am happy to discuss research interests that fit within the broad scope of parenting and child and youth mental health. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Warwick, UK, we have 1-2 PhD projects available as part of the NIHR-funded project. There may be opportunity to apply for the Monash-Warwick Alliance PhD scholarship to support these projects. Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity.


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Personal profile


Dr Marie Yap is an Associate Professor (Research) 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, 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 online platform
The Parenting Strategies platform currently consists of 3 linked projects:
1.1. Parenting Strategies: Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse ( 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. Parenting Strategies: Preventing Depression and Anxiety ( ) provides parenting guidelines to prevent depression and anxiety disorders in their (1) teenagers and (2) primary school-aged children. Two corresponding personalised online parenting programs have been developed to support parents in implementing these guidelines. We have completed two large randomised controlled trials of the program for parents of teenagers (Partners in Parenting) and are currently a third RCT evaluating the program for parents of primary-school chidren (Parenting Resilient Kids).


1.3 Therapist-assisted Online Parenting Strategies (TOPS)

TOPS is the therapist-assisted version of the Partners in Parenting online program, designed to empower parents whose adolescent is experiencing clinical-level difficulties with depression and anxiety. We are currently conducting an open-trial to evaluate the effects of TOPS on various parent and adolescent outcomes, including depression, anxiety, suicidality, school engagement, and sleep problems:


2. An online parenting intervention to prevent affective disorders in high-risk adolescents: The PIPA trial
In collaboration with A/Prof Andy Thompson and Prof Max Birchwood at the University of Warwick, we are adapting the Partners in Parenting online intervention for the UK population, and conducting a definitive RCT to evaluate its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness as a targeted prevention program for parents whose adolescent is at high risk for developing an affective disorder. This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK.


3. Increasing Parental Engagement in Preventive Parenting Programs

Despite robust evidence indicating the long-term benefits of preventive parenting programs for child mental health, the population-level impact of many evidence-based programs is limited by the poor uptake and engagement by parents. Moreover, parenting research in general, and evaluation studies of parenting programs specifically, typically see an under-representation by certain subgroups of parents. These include fathers, parents of lower socio-economic positions, and parents residing in rural and remote regions. In this program of research, we are examining the factors that hinder and facilitate parents' engagement in preventive programs, with the goal of increasing parental uptake of programs that will improve their child's mental health.


4. Childhood Adversity and Associated Depression and Anxiety

This project is part of a Centre for Research Excellence funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council in partnership with Beyond Blue. It aims to prevent the significant mental health morbidity load of depression, anxiety problems and suicidality experienced by children living in adversity and exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Psychology, Master of Psychology, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 26 Feb 2010

Psychology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Mar 2007

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output

Parental Self-Efficacy for Reducing the Risk of Adolescent Depression and Anxiety: Scale Development and Validation

Nicolas, C. C., Jorm, A. F., Cardamone-Breen, M. C., Lawrence, K. A. & Yap, M. B. H., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Research on Adolescence. 30, 1, p. 249-265 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Parent Non-engagement in Preventive Parenting Programs for Adolescent Mental Health: Stakeholder Views

Finan, S. J., Warren, N., Priest, N., Mak, J. S. & Yap, M. B. H., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Child and Family Studies. 29, p. 711-724 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The influence of maternal parenting style on the neural correlates of emotion processing in children

Pozzi, E., Simmons, J. G., Bousman, C. A., Vijayakumar, N., Bray, K. O., Dandash, O., Richmond, S., Schwartz, O., Seal, M., Sheeber, L., Yap, M. B. H., Allen, N. B. & Whittle, S. L., Feb 2020, In : Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 59, 2, p. 274-282 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

A systematic review of technology-assisted parenting programs for mental health problems in youth aged 0–18 years: Applicability to underserved Australian communities

Hansen, A., Broomfield, G. & Yap, M. B. H., Dec 2019, In : Australian Journal of Psychology. 71, 4, p. 433-462 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)