I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics (Melbourne Medical School), Research Fellow (Westpac Scholars Trust) and Honorary Research Fellow (Centre for Adolecent Health, Population Health Studies of Adolescents, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute).
My primary research focus is on youth homelessness. I investigate modifiable predictors of youth homelessness and associated problems and identify feasible targets for prevention, economic investment and policy reform.
More broadly, my research interests centre on promoting the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people.
I have experience teaching in Victorian secondary schools, conducting life skills and mental health programs in the not-for-profit sector, and tutoring and lecturing in health promotion and public health in University settings. In the last decade, I have been conducting research, writing and consulting in the field of adolescent health, with a specialised focus on homelessness among young people, and its outcomes on health and social behaviour.
I have a strong passion for, and commitment to, leadership through my research and to improving the lives of young Australians and their families. I have a particular interest in the use of therapeutic dogs working in research with homeless young people. I am extremely committed to ensuring that my research is relevant to homeless youth and that my research findings are successfully disseminated and translated into practice and policy to benefit others. I am available to consult and collaborate on projects, and for media interview. I am available for RHD supervision.
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“Before Homelessness”: A Multidisciplinary Approach To Transforming Youth Homelessness Pre..
Internal Research Grant
Childhood social environmental and behavioural predictors of early adolescent onset cannab..
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Childhood social environmental and behavioural predictors of early adolescent onset cannabis use
Kirsty E Scholes-Balog, Sheryl A Hemphill, Jessica A Heerde, John W Toumbourou, George C Patton
Journal article | 2020 | Drug and Alcohol Review
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: This study prospectively investigates behavioural and social antecedents of different patterns of adolescen..
Longitudinal Associations Between Early-Mid Adolescent Risk and Protective Factors and Young Adult Homelessness in Australia and the United States
Jessica A Heerde, Jennifer A Bailey, John W Toumbourou, Bosco Rowland, Richard F Catalano
Journal article | 2020 | Prevention Science
Homelessness is associated with a range of negative health and behavioral outcomes, yet life-course pathways to homelessness from ..
"I've seen my friend get chopped": The Influence of Peer Networks on Exposure to Violence Among Homeless Young Adults
Jessica A Heerde, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Adolescent Research
Homeless young adults report being exposed to substantial violence and victimization. This often arises through street culture and..
The Royal Commission into Family Violence: Trends in the Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence and Help-Seeking Behavior
L Satyen, JW Toumbourou, J Heerde, M Supol, A Ranganathan
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Interpersonal Violence: concerned with the study and treatment of victims and perpetrators of physical and sexual violence
There is a dearth of research investigating whether public inquiries such as Royal Commissions trigger community behavior change o..
Longitudinal Associations Between the Adolescent Family Environment and Young Adult Substance Use in Australia and the United States
Jessica A Heerde, Jennifer A Bailey, John W Toumbourou, Richard F Catalano
Journal article | 2019 | FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY
Introduction: Harmful alcohol and cannabis use are social concerns associated with a range of negative outcomes. Prior research ha..
Risk and protective factors for adolescent depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States
Jessica Heerde, A Curtis, J Bailey, R Smith, S Hemphill, J Toumbourou
Presentation | 2019
Society for Prevention Research 27th Annual Meeting, USA. Paper presented within the group symposia: The Cross-National Generaliza..
Reciprocal associations between early adolescent antisocial behavior and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States
Jessica A Heerde, Ashlee Curtis, Jennifer A Bailey, Rachel Smith, Sheryl A Hemphill, John W Toumbourou
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Criminal Justice
Associations between AUDIT alcohol problem scores and related harms in Australia and the US: Relationships in young adulthood under different policy environments
J Bailey, M Epstein, R Catalano, J TOUMBOUROU, B McMorris, J Heerde, E Clancy
Presentation | 2018
Society for Prevention Research 26th Annual Meeting. Paper presented within the group symposia: Cross-National Comparisons of Youn..
Prevent crime and save money: Application of return-on-investment models in the Australian context
J Heerde, J Toumbourou, S Hemphill, H Le, T Herrenkohl, R Catalano
Report | 2018
The project investigates rates and predictors of antisocial behaviour and violence from the early waves of the IYDS (age 11 years)..
Positive associations between school suspension and student problem behaviour: Recent Australian findings
S Hemphill, D Broderick, J Heerde
Report | 2017 | Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
School suspension—the temporary removal of a student from school—is one of the most severe responses to student misbehaviour in Au..
Effects of Early Adolescent Alcohol Use on Mid-Adolescent School Performance and Connection: A Longitudinal Study of Students in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States
Sheryl A Hemphill, Jessica A Heerde, Kirsty E Scholes-Balog, Todd I Herrenkohl, John W Toumbourou, Richard F Catalano
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of School Health
Reassessing the Effects of Early Adolescent Alcohol Use on Later Antisocial Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Students in Victoria, Australia, and Washington State, United States
Sheryl A Hemphill, Jessica A Heerde, Kirsty E Scholes-Balog, Rachel Smith, Todd I Herrenkohl, John W Toumbourou, Richard F Catalano
Journal article | 2014 | The Journal of Early Adolescence
Risk and Protective Factors for Adolescent Substance Use in Washington State, the United States and Victoria, Australia: A Longitudinal Study
Sheryl A Hemphill, Jessica A Heerde, Todd I Herrenkohl, George C Patton, John W Toumbourou, Richard F Catalano
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Adolescent Health
The International Youth Development Study: An international collaborative partnership for substance use prevention research and policy analysis in Australia, the United States and India
S Hemphill, R Smith, J Heerde, R Solomon, T Evans-Whiipp, J TOUMBOUROU
Presentation | 2011
6th International Conference on Drugs and Young People
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Senior Research Fellow
Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital
Council to Homeless Persons
Member, Australian Research Alliance For Children And Youth
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Member, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Advisory Group
Westpac Scholars Trust Advisory Group
Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)
Bachelor of Teaching