Staff profile

Dr Karli

Dr Karli Treyvaud

Senior Lecturer, Developmental Psychology

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc (Hons, Psychology), DPsych (Child Clinical)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Psychological Association, Perinatal Society of Aus & NZ, Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA)

Area of study


Brief profile

I am a clinical psychologist and academic with a particular interest in child development, parenting, mental health, and early intervention in vulnerable populations such as those born preterm. My research program also focuses on observational assessment of the parent-child relationship, the relationship between parenting and child brain development, and digital health technologies. Honorary Research Fellow: VIBeS, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Newborn Research, Royal Women's Hospital; Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.  

Teaching units



Recent publications

1. Treyvaud, K., Aldana, A.C., Scratch, S.E., Ure, A.M., Pace, C.C., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, P.J. (in press). Multiple birth, bereavement, and maternal and family outcomes across early childhood after very preterm birth. Early Human Development.

2. Treyvaud, K. (2016). Longitudinal and subgroup analysis approach to understand early intervention programme outcomes for very preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica, 105(7), 78.

3. Treyvaud, K., Doyle, L.W., Lee, K.J., Ure, A., Inder, T.E., Hunt, R.W., Anderson, P.J. Parenting behavior at 2 years predicts school-age performance at 7 years in very preterm children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2015 Nov 29, Epub ahead of print.

4. Treyvaud, K. (2014). Best practice when using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire with extremely preterm children: are two informants better than one? Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56: 413–414.

5. Treyvaud, K. (2014). Parent and family outcomes following very preterm or very low birth weight birth: a review. Seminars Fetal Neonatal Medicine, 19:131-5.

6. Treyvaud, K., Lee, K.J., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, P.J. (2014). Very preterm birth influences parental mental health and family outcomes 7 years after birth. J Pediatrics, 164(3):515-21.

7. Treyvaud, K., Ure, A., Doyle, L.W., Lee, K.J., Rogers, C.E., Kidokoro, H., Inder, T.E., Anderson, P.J. (2013). Psychiatric outcomes at age seven for very preterm children: Rates and predictors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54, 772-779.

8. Treyvaud, K., Doyle, L.W., Lee, K.J., Roberts, G., Lim, J., Inder, T.E., Anderson, P.J. (2012). Social-emotional difficulties in very preterm and term two-year olds predict specific social-emotional problems at age five. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(7), 779-785.

9. Treyvaud, K., Inder, T.E., Lee, K.J., Northam, E.A., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, P.J. (2012). Can the home environment promote resilience for children born very preterm in the context of social and medical risk? Journal of Experimental Psychology,112, 326–337.

10. Treyvaud, K., Doyle, L.W., Lee, K.J., Roberts, G., Cheong, J.L.Y., Inder, T.E., Anderson, P.J. (2011). Family functioning, burden and parenting stress 2 years after very preterm birth. Early Human Development 87(6), 427-431.

11. Treyvaud, K., Anderson, V.A., Lee, K.J., Woodward, L.J., Newnham, C., Inder, T.E., Doyle, L.W., & Anderson, P.J. (2010). Influence of parental mental health on the early social-emotional development of children born very preterm. J Pediatric Psychology, 35, 768-777.

12. Treyvaud, K., Rogers, S., Matthews, J., & Allen, B. (2010). Factors Associated with Observed Mother-Child Interaction for Mothers Attending a Residential Parenting Program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 31(1), 58-70.

13. Treyvaud, K., Anderson, V.A., Howard, K., Bear, M., Hunt, R.W., Doyle, L.W., Inder, T.E., Woodward, L., & Anderson, P.A. (2009) Parenting Behaviour is Associated with the Early Neurobehavioural Development of Very Preterm Children. Pediatrics, 123(2), 555-561.

14. Treyvaud, K., Rogers, S., Matthews, J., & Allen, B. (2009). Evaluation and Outcomes of an Early Parenting Centre Residential Program for Families. J Family Nursing, 15(4), 486-501.

15. Pace, C., Spittle, A., Molesworth, C.M., Lee, K.J., Northam, E.A., Cheong, J.L.Y, Davis, P.G., Doyle, L.W., Treyvaud, K., Anderson, P.J. Evolution of depression and anxiety symptoms in mothers and fathers of very preterm infants during the newborn period – a longitudinal study. JAMA Pediatrics (in press)

16. Ure, A., Treyvaud, K et al., (2015). Neonatal brain abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorder in children born very preterm. Autism Research (early view October 2015).

17. Spittle AJ, Thompson DK, Brown NC, Treyvaud K, Cheong JL, Lee KJ, Pace CC, Olsen J, Allinson L, Morgan AT, Seal M, Eeles A, Judd F, Doyle LW, Anderson PJ. Neurobehaviour between birth and 40 weeks’ gestation in infants born <30 weeks’ gestation and parental psychological wellbeing: predictors of brain development and child outcomes. BMC Pediatr. 2014 Apr 24;14(1):111.

18. Giallo, R., Treyvaud, K., Cooklin, A., Wade, C. (2012). Mothers' and fathers' involvement in home activities with their children: Psychosocial factors and the role of parental self-efficacy. Early Child Development and Care, 183(3-4), 343-359.

19. Rogers, C., Anderson, P.J., Thompson, D.K., Kidokoro, H., Wallendorf, M., Treyvaud, K., Roberts, G., Doyle, L.W., Neil, J.J., & Inder, T.E. (2012). Regional Cerebral Development at Term Relates to School-Age Social-Emotional Development in Very Preterm Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(2), 181-191.

20. Howard, K., Roberts, G., Lim, J., Lee, K.J., Barre, N., Treyvaud, K., Cheong, J., Hunt, R.W., Inder, T.E., Doyle, L.W., Anderson, P.J. (2011). Biological and Environmental Factors as Predictors of Language Skills in Very Preterm Children at 5 Years of Age. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics, 32, 239-249.

21. Giallo, R., Treyvaud, K., Matthews, J. & Kienhuis, M. (2010). Making the Transition to Primary School: An Evaluation of a Transition Program for Parents. Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 10, 1-17.

22. Kienhuis, M., Rogers, S., Giallo, R., Matthews, J. & Treyvaud, K. (2010). A proposed model for the impact of parental fatigue on parenting adaptability and child development. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 28, 392-402.

23. Spittle, A.J., Treyvaud, K., Doyle, L.W., Roberts, G., Lee, K.J., Inder, T.E., Cheong, J.L., Hunt, R.W., Newnham, C.A., & Anderson, P.J. (2009). Early Emergence of Behavior and Social-Emotional Problems in Very Preterm Infants. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(9), 909-918.

24. Giallo, R., Treyvaud, K., Kienhuis, M., Matthews, J. (2008). AusParenting in schools: A parenting information & support strategy for primary schools. Developing Practice, 21, 43-52.

25. Giallo, R., Keinhuis, M., Treyvaud, K., & Matthews, J. (2008) A Psychometric Evaluation of the Parent Self-efficacy in Managing the Transition to School Scale. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 8, 36-48.  

Research projects

  • Development and evaluation of an online early intervention program for families with infants born <34 weeks' gestation: the e-prem program.
  • Neurobehaviour between birth and 40 weeks gestation in infants born <30 weeks gestation and parental psychological wellbeing: predictors of brain development and child outcomes.
  • Parenting and environmental influences on the developing brain.
  • Executive dysfunction and brain development in very preterm 13-year-olds - A longitudinal MRI study.
  • Does n-3 LCPUFA supplementation during pregnancy improve the Intelligence Quotient of children at school age?