Dr Julia Rudolph

Dr Julia Rudolph PhD

ILD Research Fellow

Dr Julia Rudolph joined the Institute of Lifecourse Development as a Research Fellow in June 2022 and is affiliated with the Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families and the Centre for Thinking and Learning.

Julia obtained her PhD in Applied Psychology (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention) at Griffith University in Australia. Post-PhD she worked on several grants examining adolescent rejection-sensitivity, body dysmorphic symptomology and bullying, and parenting.

In 2020 Julia was awarded a prestigious Griffith University Post-Doctoral Fellowship, worth over AU$265,000, to develop and pilot the Parents as Protectors Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Module. In 2021 she was awarded a further $60,000 towards the module development.

Julia is an expert in the involvement of parents in sexual abuse prevention and has been invited to speak to agencies (e.g., the QLD Child Protection Advocates Group, the Australian Schools Supporting Integrated Sustainable Trauma-informed practice Network), present at conferences (e.g., Families Australia Child Aware Conference, the Empowering Children Foundation National Conference), and engage with CSA charities (e.g., Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Bravehearts). The Parents as Protectors module was also mentioned at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Julia has worked with children and families in statutory child protection agencies both in Australia and the UK.

Posts previously held

  • 2020 – 2022 Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • 2016 – 2022 Research & Data Manager, Family Interaction Program (Parenting for at-risk parents), Griffith University
  • 2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Coping Toolbox (Adolescence & Anxiety), Griffith University.

Responsibilities within the university

Research Fellow with ILD | Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families and the Centre for Thinking and Learning.

Awards

  • Awarded People's Choice Award for Most Interesting Findings at the Australasian Human Development Association Conference 2021.
  • Awarded Academic Excellence for PhD thesis, Griffith Graduate Research School.
  • Nominated for the Australian Psychological Society’s Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology
  • Nominated for Griffith University’s Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence in PhD Thesis.

Recognition

Editorial work:

  • Editorial Board Member | Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Memberships:

  • Adjunct Member | Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit
  • Panel Member | Bravehearts Executive Research Panel

Funding :

  • Parents as Protectors project | AU$384,824

Research / Scholarly interests

Julia's research interests lie in examining the influence of parenting on child outcomes with particular focus on sexual abuse prevention. Her PhD and post-doctoral research projects have focused on rethinking the focus of child sexual abuse prevention to involve parents as protectors, rather than educators, via the creation of safe environments and positive parenting.

Recent publications

Article

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J , Rudolph, Julia I, Gardner, Alex A (2022), Are you looking at me? A longitudinal vignette study of adolescent appearance rejection sensitivity and coping with peer evaluation. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Body Image, 43 . pp. 253-263 ISSN: 1740-1445 (Print), 1873-6807 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2022.09.002) NB Item availability restricted.

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J, Walsh, Kerryann (2022), Recall of sexual abuse prevention education at school and home: Associations with sexual abuse experience, disclosure, protective parenting, and knowledge. Elsevier - International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In: , , , . Elsevier - International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abuse and Neglect, 129: 105680 ISSN: 0145-2134 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105680) NB Item availability restricted.

Rudolph, Julia , Walsh, Kerryann, Shanley, Dianne C., Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. (2022), Child sexual abuse prevention: parental discussion, protective practices and attitudes. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37 (23-24) . pp. NP22375-NP22400 ISSN: 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211072258).

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. , Rudolph, Julia, Kerin, Jessica, Bohadana-Brown, Gal (2021), Parent emotional regulation: a meta-analytic review of its association with parenting and child adjustment. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, International Journal of Behavioral Development, 46 (1) . pp. 63-82 ISSN: 0165-0254 (Print), 1464-0651 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/01650254211051086).

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J , Rudolph, Julia, Edwards, Elia-Jade, Swan, Kellie , Campbell, Shawna M , Hawes, Tanya , Webb, Haley (2021), The Circle of Security Parenting Program (COS-P): a randomized controlled trial of a low intensity, individualized attachment-based program with at-risk caregivers. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Behavior Therapy, 53 (2) . pp. 208-223 ISSN: 0005-7894 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2021.07.003) NB Item availability restricted.

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. , Rudolph, Julia, Pariz, Juliane (2021), A cascade of rejection and appearance preoccupation: adolescents’ body dysmorphic symptoms and appearance rejection sensitivity over 4 years. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - The British Psychological Society. In: , , , . John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - The British Psychological Society, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 40 (1) . pp. 17-34 ISSN: 0261-510X (Print), 2044-835X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12377).

Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J , Rudolph, Julia, Webb, Haley, Henderson, Leah , Hawes, Tanya (2021), Face-to-face and cyber-victimization: a longitudinal study of offline appearance anxiety and online appearance preoccupation. Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 50 . pp. 2311-2323 ISSN: 0047-2891 (Print), 1573-6601 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01367-y).

Rudolph, Julia and , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. (2018), Parents as protectors: a qualitative study of parents’ views on child sexual abuse prevention. Elsevier - International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In: , , , . Elsevier - International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Abuse and Neglect, 85 . pp. 28-38 ISSN: 0145-2134 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.08.016).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J., Shanley, Dianne C., Walsh, Kerrryann , Hawkins, Russell (2018), Parental discussion of child sexual abuse: is it associated with the parenting practices of involvement, monitoring, and general communication?. Taylor and Francis - Routledge. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis - Routledge, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27 (2) . pp. 195-216 ISSN: 1053-8712 (Print), 1547-0679 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10538712.2018.1425946).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J., Shanley, Dianne C. Shanley (2017), Child sexual abuse prevention opportunities: parenting, programs, and the reduction of risk. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Child Maltreatment, 23 (1) . pp. 96-106 ISSN: 1077-5595 (Print), 1552-6119 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559517729479).

Rudolph, Julia and , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J. (2016), Reviewing the focus: a summary and critique of child-focused sexual abuse prevention. SAGE. In: , , , . SAGE, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 19 (5) . pp. 543-554 ISSN: 1524-8380 (Print), 1552-8324 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838016675478).

Conference item

Rudolph, Julia and , (2022), Parents as child sexual abuse prevention educators: obstacles and opportunities. In: Children and Childhoods Conference, 12th - 13th July 2022, University of Suffolk , . , (doi: https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/children-and-childhoods-conference-2021).

Rudolph, Julia and , (2022), Parents as protectors: a brief parent-focused child sexual abuse prevention module. In: Society for Mental Health Research, 26th March 2022, Hobart , . , (doi: https://www.smhrconference.com.au/).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie, Walsh, Kerryann, Shanley, Dianne , Hawkins, Russell (2021), Parents as child sexual abuse prevention educators: problems and future directions. In: Australasian Human Development Association, 18th November 2021, Online , . , (doi: https://lifecoursecentre.org.au/events/2021-ahda-virtual-conference/).

Rudolph, Julia and , (2021), Parents and child sexual abuse education: contradictory views and behaviours. In: Women's Health Forum, 27th May 2021, Brisbane , . , (doi: https://www.qldwomenshealth.org/).

Rudolph, Julia and , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie (2019), Parents as protectors: a qualitative study of parents’ views on child sexual abuse prevention. In: Families Australia Child Aware Conference, May 2019, Brisbane , . , (doi: https://childaware.org.au/2019-2/).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie, Shanley, Dianne, Walsh, Kerryann , Hawkins, Russell (2018), Child sexual abuse prevention opportunities: parenting, programs and the reduction of risk. In: International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Biennial Meeting, 15th - 19th July 2018, Gold Coast , . , (doi: https://issbd.org/ContentDisplay.aspx?src=pastmeetings).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie, Shanley, Dianne, Walsh, Kerryann , Hawkins, Russell (2018), Parental discussion of child sexual abuse: is it associated with the parenting practices of involvement, monitoring and general communication?. In: International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development Biennial Meeting,, 15th July 2018, Gold Coast , . , (doi: https://issbd.org/ContentDisplay.aspx?src=pastmeetings).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie, Shanley, Dianne (2018), Parental discussion of child sexual abuse: Is it associated with the parenting practices of involvement, monitoring and general communication?. In: British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Congress, 9th - 10th April 2018, Warwick , . , (doi: ).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie, Shanley, Dianne, Walsh, Kerryann , Hawkins, Russell (2018), Reviewing the focus: a summary and critique of child-focused sexual abuse prevention. In: British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Congress, 9th - 10th April 2018, Warwick , . , (doi: ).

Rudolph, Julia , Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J, Shanley, Dianne, Hawkins, Russell (2017), Child sexual abuse prevention opportunities: parenting, programs and the reduction of risk. In: Annual Mental Health Conference, 1st August 2017, Gold Coast , . , . pp. 1-1 (doi: ).

Other

Rudolph, Julia and , (2021), Parents as protectors: the involvement of parents in child sexual abuse prevention. QCPAG. In: , , , . QCPAG, (1st) (doi: ).