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Funded Research Projects

We have a number of in-progress funded research projects affiliated with the Zlab.

Below is a list of those currently underway and a list of all past projects since 2010.

Also see PhD Projects by clicking here.

Current and Past Research Projects



New!! 2024-2028 NHMRC Partnership Project.

The Tracking Cube: Improving health equity by screening for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in primary healthcare.

Dianne Shanley, Erinn Hawkins, Ngiare Brown, Kurt Towers, CIE Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Robert Ware, Joshua Byrnes, Natasha Reid, Sheena Reilly, Doug Shelton.

2023-2024 Australian Sports Commission Participation Grant Round.

The RISE Rugby League Development Program.

Hinchey, J., Lawry, C., Castle, M.

Griffith University Life-Fit Team of Allison Waters, Rachel Sluis, Lara Farrell, Caroline Donovan, Kathryn Modecki, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck.

2023 Griffith Centre for Mental Health Areas of Strategic Investment.

Neglect, Hostile Environments, and Child Development.

Kathryn Modecki, Jacqueline Allen, Silke Meyer, Ned Chandler-Mather, Katherine Reid, Michola Sheeran, Matthew Gullo, Matthew McKenzie, Paul Harnett, Mark Kebbell, Sharon Dawe, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck.


2023 Griffith Centre for Mental Health Grant Development Scheme.

Protective Factors in Mental Health: Identifying Cognitive and Social Factors that can Reduce the Negative Impact of Upward Social Comparisons Online.

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck.


2023 School of Applied Psychology (Griffith University) Research Development Scheme.

Approaches to supporting school media literacy education among adolescents.

Riley Scott, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Sarah Prestridge, Jaimee Stuart.

2023 School of Applied Psychology (Griffith University) Research Development Scheme.

Closing the gap: A randomized controlled trial of staged- care treatment for children and young people with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Lara Farrell, Allison Waters, Caroline Donovan, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Matthew McKenzie, Gabrielle Simcock.

2023-2024 Growing Minds Australia Nonresponder Trial

Testing follow-up pharmacotherapy for anxious children who do not respond to first-line psychological treatment

Ron Rapee, Allison Waters, Emma Sciberras, Frances Doyle, Valsamma Eapen, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck et al.

2022-2024 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Parenting in an unsteady world across nations

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Jaimee Stuart, Stijn Van Petegem, Bart Soenens, Gregoire Zimmerman


2021-2026 NHMRC Partnership Project Grant

A tiered approach to the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Remote Indigenous Primary Care Settings

Dianne Shanley, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Karen Moritz, Sheena Reilly, Rob Ware, Joshua Byrnes, Sharon Rundle-Thiele, Amanda Wheeler, Kerryann Walsh

2019-2023 National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grant

Increasing access to low-intensity, evidence-based interventions for childhood anxiety disorders: A nationwide randomised controlled trial

Allison Waters, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Michelle Craske, Danny Pine, Caroline Donovan, Sue Spence, Lara Farrell, Downes

2018-2023 National Health & Medical Research Council Project Grant

One-session treatment for specific phobias in pre-school children: Improving access and long-term mental health outcomes – The POP trial

Lara Farrell, Tom Ollendick, Caroline Donovan, Allison Waters, Sue Spence, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

2003-2025 Queensland (Australia) Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Family Interaction Program: Research and service to improve parent-child relationships

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Director



2019-2023 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Uncovering the Toolbox for Youth Resilience: Flexible Coping Responses to Stress

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Kathryn Modecki, Allison Waters, Amanda Duffy, Lara Farrell, David Shum, Ellen Skinner

2022  Griffith University Health Group Seed Grant

Am I not attractive enough? Pathways, perpetuating factors, and protective behaviours in response to appearance-based cybervictimisation in young adults

Veya Seekis, Amanda Duffy, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

2019-2021 Rotary Mental Health Grant

Improving the mental health of young Australians in sport: A partnership project with the National Rugby League

Allison Waters, Wayne Usher, Lara Farrell, Caroline Donovan, Kathryn Modecki,

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Ron Castle, Mike Hinchey

2019-2020 Griffith University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Grant

Development of a novel imagery intervention to change implicit theories about willpower: Evaluation in Australian and Chinese university students

Kyra Hamilton, Jacob Keech, Martin Hagger, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, and Zhu Tsang

2018-2019 Griffith University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Grant

Mindsets, individual differences, coping, and health: An investigation among Australian and Hong Kong university students

Kyra Hamilton, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, and Zhu Tsang


2018-2020 Australian Federal Government FASD Diagnostic Services and Models of Care Grant Opportunity

Development and delivery of evidence-based models of care in communities at high risk of FASD

Sharon Dawe, Doug Shelton, Webster, Featherstone, Kruske, Burns, Paul Harnett, Mary Katsikitis, Frances O’Callaghan, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck

2019 Dutch University Visiting Travel Fellowship

Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck & Susan Branje

2017-2019 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Dissatisfied, Preoccupied, and Distressed about Appearance: Teasing and Victimisation as Toxic to Adolescents

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Allison Waters, Haley Webb, Lara Farrell, Drew Nesdale, Geraldine Downey, Wyndol Furman


2013-2017 Australian Research Council, Linkage Grant

Empowering and protecting children by enhancing knowledge, skills and well-being: A randomised trial of Learn to BE SAFE with Emmy™

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Dianne Shanley, Kerryann Walsh, Russell Hawkins, Katrina Lines, ACT for Kids

2014-2016 National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant

Improving outcomes of evidence-based behaviour therapy for paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: a translational efficacy trial of d-cycloserine augmented intensive behaviour therapy

Lara Farrell, Allison Waters, Eric Storch, Brett McDermott, Harry McConnell, Jennifer Hudson, Daniel Geller, Thomas Ollendick, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Evelin Tiralongo

2014-2016  Australian Rotary Mental Health Grant Scheme

Helping young Australians to “Look for Good”: A school-based trial of positive attention training to increase children’s emotional health and prevent anxiety and depression

Allison Waters, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Karin Mogg, Brendan Bradley, Michelle Craske

2013-2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Appearance-based Rejection Sensitivity from Childhood to Adolescence: Victimisation, Mental Health Consequences, and Rejection Resilience

Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Allison Waters, Drew Nesdale, Lara Farrell, Geraldine Downey

2012-2014  Australian Research Council Discovery Project

The Future of Childhood Anxiety Treatment: Translating Cognitive-Neuroscience Insights into Clinical Practice

Allison Waters, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Daniel Pine, Michelle Craske, Karin Mogg, Brendan Bradley

2012-2013 Funded by Areas of Strategic Investment, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University

Enhancing outcomes for children with anxiety disorders: An interdisciplinary approach to innovative treatments

Allison Waters, Lara Farrell, Laetitia Hattingh, Harry McConnell, Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Caroline Donovan, Thomas Ollendick

2010-2012 Australian Research Council Discovery Project

Rejection Sensitivity in Children and Adolescents: Antecedents, Consequences, and the Promotion of Rejection Resilience

Drew Nesdale, Melanie J Zimmer-Gembeck, Geraldine Downey

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