Dr Frances Doyle

Research Program: Brain Sciences

Centre/Lab: BabyLab


Dr Frances Doyle is a clinical psychologist and researcher. Frances has published peer-reviewed
academic articles on child, adolescent, and family psychology, and presented at national and international

Frances completed her PhD and Master of Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in 2016. Her PhD
was focussed on understanding discipline interactions between parents and children. Following her PhD,
Frances commenced as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie
University, investigating the development and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Frances moved to
the University of Sydney as a postdoctoral researcher on a project aiming to improve the rates of father
participation in parenting programs. Frances was then employed by the University of Sydney to conduct a
longitudinal birth cohort study investigating the role of responsiveness, emotional attention, and learning in
emerging childhood mental health problems. In 2021, Frances commenced as a Lecturer in Clinical
Psychology at Western Sydney University.

Frances is a member of the Parenting and Family Research Alliance, who advocate for policy changes to
improve access to evidence-based parenting interventions (www.pafra.org). She is also a chief investigator
on a $12 million grant that has been awarded to establish the first national clinical trials network focused on
child and youth mental health.


Frances is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology for Western Sydney University. She teaches child clinical
psychology in the postgraduate psychology program, conducts research, and supervises research


  • Clinical Psychologist and Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor
  • PhD in Psychology, Macquarie University
  • Master in Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (First Class Honours), Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Macquarie University

Research Interests

  • Frances' goal is to lower rates of childhood mental health problems by:
    (1) advancing innovative trans-diagnostic models of the development of childhood mental health problems
    that can better inform prevention and treatment;
    (2) considering parents and carers as partners when promoting and optimising family wellbeing; and
    (3) improving access and knowledge about evidence-based prevention and treatment for child mental
    health disorders.
  • Frances’ research aims to improve the wellbeing of children, parents, and families by:
    - understanding the developmental pathways to ill mental health in childhood and adolescence;
    - understanding the role that parents and children play in each other’s lives; and
    - advocating for policies that increase child mental health literacy and access to evidence-based
    interventions for child/adolescent mental health problems.


For a full list of Frances's publications, click here to visit her google scholar profile.

Contact Frances

LocationWestern Sydney University Penrith campus (Kingswood)