Lauren Kelada

Post-Doc Res Fellow (UNSW)

Dr Lauren Kelada is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU), School of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. Dr Kelada is the Team Leader of the Family Systems and Relationships team of the BSU and leads a busy team of eight (a research fellow, three research officers and four students). Dr Kelada's research focuses on improving family functioning and mental health outcomes for family members affected by child chronic illness or disability. She works closely with the community sector to implement and evaluate family-based interventions when a child has a chronic illness or disability.

She completed her PhD in psychology at Monash University. Her PhD examined adolescent self-injury and recovery, and how this relates to parent- and adolescent-reported family functioning. Dr Kelada is particularly interested in research which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families. Her other research interests and expertise include suicide prevention, family violence and emotion regulation.

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Journal articles
Kelada L; Wakefield CE; Cruz Silva MC; Signorelli C, 2020, 'Camps for Children with Cancer and Their Families: A Systematic Review of Psychosocial and Physical Impacts', Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, vol. 41, pp. 145 - 156,
Kelada L; Wakefield CE; Heathcote LC; Jaaniste T; Signorelli C; Fardell JE; Donoghoe M; McCarthy MC; Gabriel M; Cohn RJ, 2019, 'Perceived cancer-related pain and fatigue, information needs, and fear of cancer recurrence among adult survivors of childhood cancer', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 102, pp. 2270 - 2278,
Kelada L; Wakefield CE; Doolan EL; Drew D; Wiener L; Michel G; Cohn RJ, 2019, 'Grandparents of children with cancer: a controlled comparison of perceived family functioning', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, pp. 2087 - 2094,
Kelada L; Wakefield CE; Carlson L; Hetherington K; McGill BC; McCarthy MC; Miles G; Cohn RJ; Sansom-Daly UM, 2019, 'How Parents of Childhood Cancer Survivors Perceive Support From Their Extended Families', Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 28, pp. 1537 - 1547,
Kelada L; Hasking P; Melvin G, 2018, 'Adolescent NSSI and Recovery: The Role of Family Functioning and Emotion Regulation', Youth & Society, vol. 50, pp. 1056 - 1077,
Kelada L; Hasking P; Melvin GA, 2017, 'School response to self-injury: Concerns of mental health staff and parents', School Psychology Quarterly, vol. 32, pp. 173 - 187,
Kelada L; Whitlock J; Hasking P; Melvin G, 2016, 'Parents’ Experiences of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Adolescents and Young Adults', Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 25, pp. 3403 - 3416,
Kelada L; Hasking P; Melvin G, 2016, 'The Relationship Between Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Family Functioning: Adolescent and Parent Perspectives', Journal of marital and family therapy, vol. 42, pp. 536 - 549,
Kelada L; Hasking P; Melvin G; Whitlock J, 2016, '“I Do Want to Stop, At Least I Think I Do” An International Comparison of Recovery From Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among Young People', Journal of Adolescent Research, vol. 33, pp. 416 - 441,
Tatnell R; Kelada L; Hasking P; Martin G, 2014, 'Longitudinal analysis of adolescent NSSI: The role of intrapersonal and interpersonal factors', Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, vol. 42, pp. 885 - 896,
Kelada L; Hasking P; Melvin G, 2015, Families and schools: a collaborative approach to adolescent health and well-being, Victorian Department of Education and Training

Selected recent awards

2021    Winner of the best Early Career Researcher presentation at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine conference, 3-5 February 2021.

2021    Society of Pediatric Psychology International Award

2020    Donald Cohen Fellowship for the 2020 International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals Congress

Dr Kelada has been CIA on numerous grants, including project grants and individual fellowships/scholarships. She has been awarded >$430,000 in funding. 

Most recently, Dr Kelada was awarded a prestigious Golda Meir Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to improve resilience among Australian, Israeli and Palestinian families affected by child chronic illness.