Staff profile

Dr Jordana K.

Dr Jordana K. Bayer

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, MCRI Honorary Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Honours), MPsych (Clinical), PhD



Membership of professional associations

National Registration Psychologist (Clinical Psychology Specialist endorsement), Australian Clinical Psychology Association, Australasian Human Development Association, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Jordana Bayer is a Clinical Psychologist and academic with a focus on developing effective prevention programs for children's high prevalence mental health problems. Dr Bayer completed Honours Psychology at The University of Adelaide and then Master of Clinical Psychology at The Flinders University of South Australia in 1994. As a registered Clinical Psychologist she was employed at Flinders Medical Centre (Child Protection Service) before relocating to Melbourne in 1996.

Dr Bayer completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2003. This longitudinal research assessed the relative importance of key risk and protective family variables in the development of early childhood internalising (emotional) problems, to assist design of early prevention programs. Dr Bayer’s postdoctoral research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne continued to build an early career track record in children's mental health in the areas of randomised prevention trials, longitudinal aetiology studies, and early screening tools for community settings. Dr Bayer also lectured in The University of Melbourne’s Clinical Child Psychology postgraduate program.

Dr Bayer joined the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University in 2011 as Associate Professor Clinical Psychology (Child and Adolescence).

Research interests

Clinical and health psychology

- Children's mental health (aetiology, prevention, treatment)


Ed. Board- Int J Ment Hlth Promot; Reviewer- J Child Psychol Psy, Pediatrics, J Abnorm Psy, J Abnorm Child Psy, J Affect Dis, Soc Sci Med, Gen Hosp Psy, Arch Dis Child, Dev Behav Ped, J Child Adol Psy

Recent publications

Papers in refereed journals

Oh, B. & Bayer, J.K. (in press). Predicting parents’ intentions to seek help for young children’s mental health, International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

Hudson, C., Spry, E., Borschmann, R., Becker, D., Moran, P., Olsson, C., Coffey, C., Romaniuk, H., *Bayer, J.K. & *Patton (in press). Preconception personality disorder and antenatal maternal mental health: A population-based cohort study, Journal of Affective Disorders

Mundy, L.K., Canterford, L., Tucker, D., Bayer, J.K., Romaniuk, H., Sawyer, S.M., Lietz, P., Redmond, G., Proimos, J., Allen, N.B., & Patton, G.C. (in press). Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioural problems. Journal of School Health

Le, H.N.D., Gulenc, A., Gold, L., Sarkadi, A., Ukoumunne, O.C., Bayer, J.K., Wake, M., & Hiscock, H. (in press) Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population-based study Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Morgan, A.J., Rapee, R.M., & Bayer, J.K. (2016). Prevention and early intervention of anxiety problems in young children: A pilot evaluation of Cool Little Kids Online, Internet Interventions, 4, 105-112

Antonucci, M. & Bayer, J.K. (2016). Children’s Moods, Fears and Worries Questionnaire: Validity with young children at risk for internalising problems, Infant & Child Development, DOI: 10.1002/icd.1966

Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Wynter, K., Tran, T., Lorgelly, P., Amir, L.H., Proimos, J., Ranasinha, S., Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Cann, W. (2016) Gender-informed, psychoeducational program for couples to prevent postnatal common mental disorders among primiparous women: cluster randomised controlled trial, BMJ Open;6:e009396.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009396

Le, H.N.D., Gold, L., Mensah, F.K., Cook, F., Bayer, J.K., & Hiscock, H. (2016). Health service use and costs for infant behaviour problems and maternal stress, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 52, 402-409.

Morgan, A.J., Rapee, R.M., Tamir, E., Goharpey, N., Salim, A., McLellan, L.F., & Bayer, J.K. (2015). Preventing anxiety problems in children with Cool Little Kids Online: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Trials, 16:507.

Bayer, J.K. & Rozkiewicz, M. (2015). Can parenting foster resiliency to mental health problems in at-risk infants? International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17, 1-11.

Oh, B. & Bayer, J.K. (2015). Parents’ help-seeking pathways for childhood mental health problems. Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 20, 149-154.

Oh, B., Mathers, M., Hiscock, H, Wake, M., & Bayer, J.K. (2015). Professional help seeking for young children with mental health problems. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67, 187-195.

Mundy, L.K., Canterford, L.C., Romaniuk, H., Hearps, S., Viner, R., Bayer, J.K, Simmons, J., Allen, N., Patton, G.C. (2015). Adenal androgens and the emotional and behavioural problems of late childhood, Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 608-616.

Beatson, R., Bayer, J.K., Perry, A., Mathers, M., Hiscock, H., Wake, M., Beesley, K., & Rapee, R.M. (2014). Community screening for preschool child inhibition to offer the ‘Cool Little Kids’ anxiety prevention program, Infant and Child Development, 23, 650-661.

Rowe, H., Wynter, K., Lorgelly, P., Amir, L.H., Ranasinha, S., Proimos, J., Cann, W., Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Burns, J., Ride, J., Bobevski, I., Fisher, J. (2014). A cluster randomised controlled trial of a brief couple-focussed psycho-educational intervention to prevent common postnatal mental disorders among women: study protocol. BMJ Open, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006436.

Daniels, L.A, Mallan, K.M., Battistutta, D., Nicholson, J.M., Meedeniya, J.E., Bayer, JK., & Magarey, A. (2014). Child eating behaviour outcomes of an early feeding intervention to reduce risk indicators for child obesity: The NOURISH RCT, Obesity, 22(5), e104-111.

Hiscock, H., Cook, F., Bayer, J.K., Le, H.N.D., Mensah, F., Cann, W., Symon, B., & St James Roberts, I. (2014). Preventing early infant sleep and crying problems and postnatal depression: A randomised trial, Pediatrics, 133, e346.

Mundy, L., Simmons, J., Allen, N., Viner, R., Bayer, J.K, Olds, T., Williams, J., Olsson, C., Sawyer, S., Degenhardt, R., Romaniuk, H., Alati, R., Wake, M., Jacka, F., Mensah, F., Patton, G.C. (2013). Study Protocol: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS), BMC Pediatrics 13:160.

Lucas, N., Bayer, J.K., Gold, L., Mensah, F.K., Canterford, L., Wake, M., Westrupp, E.M., Nicholson, J.M. (2013). The cost of healthcare for children with mental health difficulties. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47, 849-858.

Mensah, F.K., Bayer, J.K., Wake, M., Carlin, J.B., Allen, N.B., Patton, G.C. (2013). Early puberty and childhood social and behavioral adjustment. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 118-124.

Andrijic, V., Bayer, J.K., Bretherton, L. (2013) Validity of the Children's Moods, Fears and Worries Questionnaire in a clinical setting. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18, 11-17.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Lycett, K., Ukoumunne, O.U., Shaw, D.S., Gold, L., Gerner, B., Loughman, A., & Wake, M. (2012). Preventing mental health problems in children: The Families in Mind population-based cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 12, 420.

Bayer, J.K., Ukoumunne, O.C., Mathers, M., Wake, M., Abdi, N., & Hiscock, H. (2012). Development of externalising and internalising problems from infancy to five years of age. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46, 659-668.

Bayer, J.K. & Beatson, R. (2012). An 8-week peer-led parenting intervention reduces parent-reported behavioural problems in socially disadvantaged children (Invited Commentary: Day et al. 2012 BMJ, 344, e1107) Evidence-Based Mental Health, 15, 80.

Cook, F., Bayer, J.K., Le, H.N.D., Mensah, F., Cann, W., Hiscock, H. (2012). Baby Business: a randomised controlled trial of a universal parenting program that aims to prevent early infant sleep and cry problems and associated parental depression. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 13.

Bayer, J.K., Rapee, R., Hiscock H., Ukoumunne, O.C., Mihalopoulos C., Clifford, S., & Wake, M. (2011). The Cool Little Kids randomised controlled trial: Population level early prevention for anxiety disorders. BMC Public Health, 11, 2-9.

Bayer, J.K., Ukoumunne, O.C., Lucas, N., Wake, M., Scalzo, K., Nicholson, J. (2011). Risk factors for childhood mental health symptoms: National Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Pediatrics, 128, 865-879.

Bayer, J.K., Rapee, R., Hiscock H., Ukoumunne, O.C., Mihalopoulos C., & Wake, M. (2011). Translational research to prevent internalising problems early in childhood. Depression & Anxiety, 28, 50-57.

Bayer, J.K., Hastings, P.D., Sanson, A.V., Ukoumunne, O.C., & Rubin, K.H. (2010). Predicting mid-childhood internalising symptoms: A longitudinal community study. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 12, 5-17.

Bayer, J.K., Hiscock, H., Ukoumunne O.C., Scalzo, K., Wake, M. (2010). 3-year-old outcomes of a brief universal parenting intervention to prevent behaviour problems: randomised controlled trial. Archives of Disease In Childhood, 95, 187-92.

Book chapters

Bayer, J.K. & Beatson, R. (2013). Early intervention and prevention of anxiety and depression. In R. Rapee (Topic Ed.) Anxiety & Depression, R.E. Tremblay, M. Boivin & R.D. Peters (Series Eds.) Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Raely Childhood Development and Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development.


Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Hiscock, H., Jordan, B., Bayer, J., Colahan, A., & Amery, V. (2011). Understanding and Responding to Unsettled Infant Behaviour: A discussion paper. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Website.

Older publications

Bayer, J.K., Hiscock, H., Scalzo, K., Mathers, M., McDonald, M., Morris. A., Birdseye, J., & Wake, M. (2009). Systematic review of preventive interventions for children’s mental health: what would work in Australian contexts? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,43, 695-710.

Bayer, J.K., Sanson, A.V., & Hemphill, S.A. (2009). Early childhood aetiology of internalising difficulties: A longitudinal community study. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 11, 22-32.

Bayer, J.K. & Nicholson, J.M. (2009). Problems with sleep, eating and adherence to therapy are common among children with cystic fibrosis: Commentary. Journal of Pediatrics,155, 759-60.

Bayer, J.K. (2009). Research Updates: The Toddlers Without Tears Study, ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing: Special Edition Mental Health, 11, 179.

Bayer, J.K., Hiscock H., Ukoumunne, O.C., Price A., & Wake, M. (2008). Aetiology of early childhood mental health problems: A population-level longitudinal study. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 49, 1166-1174.

Bayer, J.K. (2008). Aggression in young children, Community Paediatric Review: A national publication for community child health nurses and other professionals, Volume 16, Number 2.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Price, A., Ukoumunne, O.C., & Wake, M. (2008). A universal parenting program to prevent early child behaviour problems: Cluster randomized trial. British Medical Journal, 336, 318-321.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Hampton, A., Ukoumunne, O.C., & Wake, M. (2008). Long-term mother and child mental health effects of a population-based infant sleep intervention: Cluster randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 122, e621-7.

Bayer, J.K., Hiscock, H., Morton-Allen, E., Ukoumunne, O.U., & Wake, M. (2007). Prevention of mental health problems: rationale for a universal approach. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 92, 34-38.

Bayer, J.K., Hiscock, H., Hampton, A., & Wake, M. (2007). Sleep problems in young infants and maternal mental and physical health. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43, 66-73.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Gold, L., Hampton, A., Ukoumunne, O.C., & Wake, M. (2007). Improving infant sleep and maternal mental health: a cluster randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 92, 952-958. Accompanying paper: Murray, L., & Ramchandani, P. (2007). Perspectives: Infant sleep problems. Might prevention be better than cure? Arch Dis Child, 92, 943-944.

Bayer, J.K., Sanson, A.V., & Hemphill, S.A. (2006). Parent influences on early childhood internalizing difficulties. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27, 542-559.

Bayer, J.K., Sanson, A.V., & Hemphill, S.A. (2006). Children’s Moods, Fears, and Worries: Development of an early childhood parent questionnaire. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 14, 41-49.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., & Wake, M. (2005). Preventing toddler externalising behaviour problems: Pilot evaluation of a universal parenting program. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 7, 54-60.

Bayer, J.K., & Oberklaid, F. (2004). Happy family, happy child, happy health system. Balance: The Journal of the Mental Health Association (Qld), Summer, 22-27.

Bayer, J.K., & Sanson, A.V. (2003). Preventing the development of emotional mental health problems from early childhood: Recent advances in the field. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 5, 4-16. Accompanying paper: Weist, M.D.(2003). Commentary: Early childhood mental health research in a larger context of paradigmatic change. IJMHP, 5, 17-19.

Bayer, J.K., & Peay, M.Y. (1997). Predicting intentions to seek help from professional mental health services. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 31, 504-513.

Bayer, J.K., Shute, R., & MacMullin, C. (1996). Evaluation of the Sheidow Park social problem solving program for primary school children: a field study. The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 6, 61-71.

Bayer J.K. (1996), Social competence and social skills training for children and adolescents: A literature review, The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 6(Special Ed.), 1-13.

Crowley J., Morris M., & Bayer J.K. (1993), Basic Data Analysis For Behavioural Research, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia.

Research projects

Bayer, J.K., Rapee, R., Hiscock, H., Mihalopoulous, C., & Bretherton, L., (AIs) Wake, M., Cleary, J. (2015-2018). Preventing Child Internalising Problems: Follow up of a population-based randomised trial through middle childhood, NHMRC Project Grant.

Bayer, J.K., Rapee, R., Hiscock, H., Ukoumunne, O.U., & Mihalopoulous, C., (AIs) Wake, M., Cleary, J. (2010-2015). Preventing Early Internalising Problems in the Preschool Setting: Randomised controlled trial, NHMRC Project Grant.

Morgan, A.J., Bayer, J.K., Rapee, R.M., Lyneham, H. (2014). Development of Cool Little Kids Online: preventing anxiety problems in young children, auDA Foundation.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Wake, M., Ukoumunne, O.U., Gold, L., & Shaw, D.S. Partner Organisations: DEECD, DHS Mental Health, DHS Community Health, & MAV. (2009-2014). Preventing Mental Health Problems in Children: A population-based cluster controlled trial, NHMRC Partnership Grant.

Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Wynter, K., Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Michelmore, J. (2014-2015) Identifying the earliest indicators of anxiety among toddlers and their mothers to inform effective early parenting interventions, Australian Rotary Health Project Grant.

Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Amir, L., Lorgelly, P., Ranasinha S., Proimos, J., (AIs) Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Quin, N., Colahan, A., Cann, W. (2012-2014) A brief couple-focussed psychoeducational intervention to prevent postnatal mental health problems in women: a cluster randomised trial, NHMRC Project Grant.

Patton, G., Allen, N., Sawyer, S., Olds, T., Degenhardt, L., Viner, R., Williams, J., Bayer, J.K., Olsson, C., & Alati, R. (2011-2015) Pubertal transitions in mental health and behaviour: the PHASE-A study of social role and lifestyle transitions, NHMRC Project grant.

Daniels, L., Magarey, A., Nicholson, J., Battistutta, D., Thorpe, K., Naughton, G., Bayer, J.K. (2012-2015). Promoting protective feeding practices to prevent childhood obesity: follow up of a successful obesity prevention program commencing in infancy, NHMRC Project Grant.