Dr Karyn Alexander


PhD Student,
Department of General Practice

Email: Karyn.Alexander@monash.edu

PhD Title: Preventive Healthcare for Young Children

Supervisors: Dr Bianca Brijnath and Prof. Danielle Mazza


Dr Karyn Alexander is a practicing GP and PhD candidate with the Department of General Practice at Monash University, studying ‘Preventive Healthcare for Young Children’.

Her candidature commenced in December 2010 and during that time she has obtained a Shepherd Foundation Grant 2010 ($43,274), a Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Monash University Strategic Grant 2010 ($14,950), the 2011 RACGP Chris Silagy Research Scholarship ($20,000) and the 2013 RACGP FMCER ($5,062).

She has gained training and experience in qualitative research methods and has disseminated her research in eight publications (plus an additional article under review) and at several national conferences. She was invited to speak at several Division of General Practice meetings for professional development on the subject of the “Healthy Kids Check” as a result of her publications.

She is also an invited lecturer with the Department of General Practice (4th year medical students) and a peer-reviewer with the Australian Family Physician and Medical Journal of Australia. She is a current member of the Task Force for the “Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice (The Red Book) 9th Edition”.

  • Alexander KE, Brijnath B, Mazza D. ‘Can they really identify mental health problems at the age of three?’ Parent and practitioner views about screening young children’s social and emotional development. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 June 1, 2013;47(6):538-45
  • Alexander KE, Brijnath B, Mazza D. Parents’ decision making and access to preventive healthcare for young children: applying Andersen’s Model. Health Expectations. 2013:1-14.