Philippa Neary

Philippa Neary
The University of Queensland | UQ · School of Psychology

Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)


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I am an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and PhD candidate at the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. I am interested in typical and atypical child development, including developmental disorders, and effective approaches towards promoting positive development for all children. My PhD research focuses on the development, measurement, and facilitation of empathy in primary school-aged children.


Publications (3)
Children’s unique developmental and contextual needs make it challenging to measure empathy validly and reliably. This scoping review is the first to collate currently available information about self-report, other-report, and performance-based questionnaire measures of empathy for children aged up to 11 years. Following the guidelines for Preferre...
This study describes the post-school circumstances and service needs of older teenagers and adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, living in Queensland, Australia. The respondents were 95 parents. Results indicated that the majority of the young people lived in the family home and were unemployed. Of those who worked, 56% had unskil...
This study revealed that 4- and 6-month-old infants produced social-communicative behaviours only in response to faces, and not in response to hands. However, infants' spontaneous responses to hands were unique in that they scanned the space above the hands, perhaps searching for a face.


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