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Herbert, Jane S. Assoc Prof

Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology

  • Lab Director - Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL)
  • Research Theme leader - Early Start Research
  • UoW Organiser - UGPN Early Years Group
  • Associate Professor - School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • A/Prof Herbert is a researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. She is the director of the Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL) and leads the Family, Learning and Interaction (FLINT) research theme at Early Start. She leads an Early Years international research network as part of the University Global Partnership Network. 

    A/Prof Herbert’s primary interest is in the first 1000 days. Her research explores how maturation and environmental experiences impact on the developing brain and cognitive abilities during infancy and early childhood, and on understanding and supporting parental wellbeing from pregnancy onwards. Her current ARC funded project examines the relationship between motor development, memory, and communication during the first year of life. She is also working with community partners and families to develop guidance for parents and carers, librarians, and ECEC staff on supporting and promoting early literacy and numeracy experiences for 0-3 year olds.

    In addition to conducting basic experimental research, A/Prof Herbert also works within multidisciplinary and international research teams on topics related to maternal and child health behaviours, how parents seek and share information in the digital world, and on early intervention programmes for children at risk of delayed development.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • I am happy to supervise doctorate and master research on topics related to well-being during pregnancy, parent-infant interactions, early learning and memory, infant cognition, literacy and numeracy in the home environment, and parenting and child development in a digital world. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Social Factors and Schizotypy Mison, Erin
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Maternal Wellbeing and Attachment During Pregnancy and the Early Postpartum Period McNamara, Josie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Maternal Anxiety, Parent-Child Interactions, and the Development of Early Numeracy Skill. Baltoski, Meagan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) `Remember the Time¿.¿: Parent-child Reminiscing and Associations with Psychopathology Russell, Sophie
    Doctor of Philosophy The development of cognitive abilities and interaction during infancy. Ho, Cheryl Ho Jialing

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology, University of Otago, Psychology 1997 - 1999
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Otago, Psychology, with Honours (distinction) 1992 - 1996

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • A/Prof Herbert is a researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. She is the director of the Wollongong Infant Learning Lab (WILL) and leads the Family, Learning and Interaction (FLINT) research theme at Early Start. She leads an Early Years international research network as part of the University Global Partnership Network. 

    A/Prof Herbert’s primary interest is in the first 1000 days. Her research explores how maturation and environmental experiences impact on the developing brain and cognitive abilities during infancy and early childhood, and on understanding and supporting parental wellbeing from pregnancy onwards. Her current ARC funded project examines the relationship between motor development, memory, and communication during the first year of life. She is also working with community partners and families to develop guidance for parents and carers, librarians, and ECEC staff on supporting and promoting early literacy and numeracy experiences for 0-3 year olds.

    In addition to conducting basic experimental research, A/Prof Herbert also works within multidisciplinary and international research teams on topics related to maternal and child health behaviours, how parents seek and share information in the digital world, and on early intervention programmes for children at risk of delayed development.

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • I am happy to supervise doctorate and master research on topics related to well-being during pregnancy, parent-infant interactions, early learning and memory, infant cognition, literacy and numeracy in the home environment, and parenting and child development in a digital world. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Social Factors and Schizotypy Mison, Erin
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Maternal Wellbeing and Attachment During Pregnancy and the Early Postpartum Period McNamara, Josie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Maternal Anxiety, Parent-Child Interactions, and the Development of Early Numeracy Skill. Baltoski, Meagan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) `Remember the Time¿.¿: Parent-child Reminiscing and Associations with Psychopathology Russell, Sophie
    Doctor of Philosophy The development of cognitive abilities and interaction during infancy. Ho, Cheryl Ho Jialing

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology, University of Otago, Psychology 1997 - 1999
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Otago, Psychology, with Honours (distinction) 1992 - 1996
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