Welcome to Baby Brain Research.com

Our team at Deakin University is focused on improving health outcomes for both you and your baby through quality research in the psychological, cognitive, and health fields.

We warmly invite you to explore this site to learn more about our team, our vision, and our current projects.

You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, posts, and news.


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Our Team

In affiliation with Deakin University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, the Baby Brain research team is passionate about women’s health as they transition into motherhood. We aim to combine our expertise in cognitive neuroscience  and health research with our primary focus in healthy weight maintenance during pregnancy.

Our team is led by Dr. Melissa Hayden and her PhD candidate Sasha Davies.

Both Dr. Hayden and Mrs. Davies share a combined interest in the application of cognitive neuropsychology techniques to the field of health, weight gain, weight loss and weight maintenance, and obesity.

Associated team members also include Professor Helen Skouteris and Dr. Linda Byrne.

Professor Helen Skouteris is a renowned expert in reproductive health and obesity, with a broader research interest in the health and wellbeing of children and parents.

 Dr. Linda Byrne’s primary research focus area is cognition, neuropsychiatric disorders, and clinical psychology.

For more information about any of our team members, including publications, grant awards, and current research projects, search their staff research profiles at www.deakin.edu.au.

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The “Baby Brain” Study

The “Baby Brain” study aims to learn about and improve health outcomes for women and their babies during pregnancy and beyond.

Our current primary research program focuses on exploring how pregnancy may affect how expectant women think about food and their food choices, and how this may relate to healthy weight gain during the gestational period.

For more detailed information about our project aims and participation requirements, please click here or select the options from the “Baby Brain” study dropdown menu  located at the top right corner of this website.

We are very excited to announce that we are currently recruiting.

If you would like to participate in our study, we would love to hear from you! You can leave your details here and one of our friendly research team members will contact you.