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Dr Siobhan Loughnan (NSW)

Communications Director

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Following completion of a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) degree in 2014, I worked in clinical anxiety and depression at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), University of New South Wales, subsequently completing my PhD in the area of perinatal anxiety and depression in 2019. I commenced a Postdoctoral position at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland, in September 2019. Currently, I am a co-principal investigator on several studies, including developing and evaluating a parent-centred online perinatal bereavement support program for parents following stillbirth or newborn loss. This project is funded by the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Funding Program awarded to the Stillbirth CRE in mid-2019, of which I co-developed the funding submission. This new online program, titled ‘Living with Loss’ (LWL), was co-developed and designed by bereaved parents and healthcare professionals (including GPs, midwives, social workers) in 2020. The LWL program is now being evaluated in a gold-standard randomised controlled trial comparing the online program with usual care in improving psychological distress, anxiety, grief and other quality of life and economic outcomes. I also coordinate the COCOON Global Collaboration, consisting of over 14 high- and low-income countries. This study aims to explore parent experiences of maternity and bereavement care and the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents during pregnancy and postpartum, particularly parents who have experienced stillbirth or newborn death during this time. I am currently in a leadership role in Priority Area 4 (Care After Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) and supervise a team of four members, including a clinical research psychologist and three research assistants, across various research projects. I am also a member of the CRE’s Steering Committee and Research Capacity Development Committee to develop and train future health and medical research workforce. I have also demonstrated extensive engagement with community organisations including working with parent-led organisation for perinatal bereavement (Stillbirth Foundation Australia, Red Nose, Sands, Bears of Hope) and perinatal mental health. Publications: Dr Loughnan has 16 publications that have been cited 241 times.

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