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Harriet Hiscock, MB BS, FRACP, MD

Associate Professor

The Royal Children’s Hospital
Health Services Research Unit

Centre for Community Child Health
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Community Health Services Research

Principal Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Department of Paediatrics

Melbourne, Australia. 

Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock is a consultant pediatrician and senior research fellow. She is director of the Health Services Research Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Co-Group Leader of the Community Health Services Research group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her research interests lie in common, high impact infant and child health problems including infant sleep and colic, as well as associated postnatal depression in parents, child behavioral and mental health problems and child sleep. Emerging interests include improving child health outcomes through pediatric, secondary care-based research including e-health platforms. She is driving this research through the Australian Pediatric Research Network, which she co-directs. Achievements in research translation include the roll out of her Infant Sleep program for which she was awarded the 2010 Early Years Minister’s Award for Partnerships with Families and Communities. The New Zealand government purchased her early parenting program and she has co-authored a report that led to inclusion of a child mental health measure in the Victorian School Entry Health Questionnaire that enables earlier detection and management of child mental health problems.


Lycett K, Sciberras E, Hiscock H, Menash F. Sleep problem trajectories and wellbeing in children with ADHD: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics [Epub ahead of print] 5 May 2016, doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000276 PubMed PMID: 27152767 (IF 1.750) (Attention to Sleep)

Le HND, Gold L, Mensah FK, Cook F, Bayer JK, Hiscock H. Health service use and costs for infant behaviour problems and maternal stress. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health2016;52(4):402-9 [Epub ahead of print] 3 May 2016, doi 10.1111/jpc.13095 PubMed PMID: 27145503 (IF 1.3) (Baby Business)

Efron D, Sciberras E, Hiscock H, Jongeling B, Lycett K, Bisset M, Smith G. The diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Australian children: Current paediatric practice and parent perspective. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2016;52(4):410-6 [Epub ahead of print] 3 May 2016, doi: 10.1111/jpc.13091 PubMed PMID: 27145504 (IF 1.3) (APAS – APRN, ADHD)

Hennel S, Coates C, Symeonides C, Gulenc A, Smith L, Price AMH, Hiscock H. Diagnosing autism: Contemporaneous surveys of parent needs and paediatric practice. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health [Epub ahead of print] 3 May 2016, doi: 10.1111/jpc.13157 PubMed PMID: 27144642 (IF 3.05) (APRN ASD)

Quach J, Mensah FK, Hiscock H. Differential outcomes of sleep problems in children with and without special health care needs: Australian population study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics [Epub ahead of print] 17 Mar 2016, doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000274 PubMed PMID: 26982245 (IF 1.75) (LSAC)

Fisher J, Rowe H, Wynter K, Tran T, Lorgelly P, Amir L, Proimos J, Ranasinha S, Hiscock H, Bayer J, Cann W. Gender-informed, psychoeducational program for couples to prevent postnatal common mental disorders among primiparous women: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009396. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009396 (IF 2.271)

Zendarski N, Sciberras E, Mensah F, Hiscock H. A longitudinal study of risk and protective factors associated with successful transition to secondary school in youth with ADHD: prospective cohort study protocol. BMC Pediatrics 2016;16(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12887-016-0555-4. PubMed ID: 26822230. (IF 1.930) (Moving Up)

Randall M, Albein-Urios N, Brignell A, Gulenc A, Hennel S, Coates C, Symeonides C, Hiscock H, Marraffa C, Silove N, Bayl V, Woolfenden S, Williams K. Diagnosing autism: Australian paediatric research network surveys. Journal Paediatrics and Child Health2015;52(1):11-7 doi: 10.1111/jpc.13029 PubMed PMID: 26776544 (IF 1.3) (APRN)

Hannan K, Hiscock H. Sleep Problems in Children. Australian Family Physician2015;44(12):880-3 (IF 0.705) (Citations 1)

Danchin M, De Bono N, Allen K, Tang M, Hiscock H. Managing simple food allergy in community settings: A pilot study investigating a new model of care. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health published online 26 Nov 2015 doi: 10.1111/jpc.13026 PubMed PMID 26608107 (IF 1.3) (APRN)

Cook F, Seymour M, Giallo R, Cann W, Nicholson JM, Green J, Hiscock H. Comparison of methods for recruiting and engaging parents in online interventions: Study protocol for the Cry Baby infant sleep and settling program. BMC Pediatrics 2015;15(174):1-9 originally published online 10 Nov 2015 doi: 10.1186/s12887-015-0502-9 PubMed PMID 26556032 (IF 1.9) (Cry Baby Online)

Lycett K, Mensah F, Hiscock H, Sciberras E. Comparing subjective measures of behavioral sleep problems in children with ADHD: a cross-sectional study. Sleep Medicine2015;16(11):1377-80, originally published online 29 Aug 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2015.08.015 PubMed PMID: 26498239 (IF 3.7) (Attention to Sleep)

Price AMH, Quach J, Wake M, Bittman M, Hiscock H. Cross-sectional sleep thresholds for optimal health and wellbeing in Australian 4-9-year-olds. Sleep Medicine [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2015.08.013 (IF 3.487) (LSAC)

Sciberras E, DePetro A, Mensah F, Hiscock H. Association between sleep and working memory in children with ADHD: A cross sectional study. Sleep Medicine 2015(16)1192-1197 published online 6 Jul 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2015.06.006 PubMed PMID: 26429744 (IF 3.7) (Sleeping Sound with ADHD)

Sciberras E, Mulraney M, Anderson V, Rapee RM, Nicholson JM, Efron D, Lee K, Markopolous Z, Hiscock H. Managing anxiety in children with ADHD using cognitive-behavioural therapy: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Journal of Attention Disorderspublished online 4 May 2015 doi: 10.1177/1087054715584054 PubMed PMID: 25939582 (IF 2.163) (Calm Kids Pilot)

Papadopoulos N, Sciberras E, Hiscock H, Mulraney M, McGillivray J, Rinehart N. The Efficacy of a Brief Behavioral Sleep Intervention in School-Aged Children With ADHD and Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders published online 2 Feb 2015 doi: 10.1177/1087054714568565 PubMed PMID 25646022 (IF 2.163) (Sleeping Sound with ADHD)

Hiscock H, Sciberras E, Mensah F, Gerner B, Efron D, Khano S, Oberklaid F. Impact of a behavioural sleep intervention on symptoms and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and parental mental health: randomised controlled trial. BMJ published online 20 Jan 2015 doi: 10.1136/bmj.h68 PubMed PMID: 25646809 (IF 17.2) (Sleeping Sound with ADHD) (Citations 3)

Giallo R, Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Hiscock H, Brown S. The emotional-behavioural functioning of children exposed to maternal depressive symptoms across pregnancy and early childhood: A prospective Australian pregnancy cohort study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published online 09 Jan 2015 doi: 10.1007/s00787-014-0672-2 PubMed PMID: 25572869 (IF 3.699) (Maternal Health Study)

Gartland D, Woolhouse H, Mensah FK, Hegarty K, Hiscock H, Brown SJ. The case for early intervention to reduce the impact of intimate partner abuse on child outcomes: results of an Australian cohort of first time mothers. Birth – Issues in Perinatal Care 2014;41(4):374-83, originally published online 4 Jul 2014, doi: 10.1111/birt.12123 PubMed PMID: 24995910 (IF 2.048)

Lycett K, Sciberras E, Mensah F, Hiscock H. Behavioral sleep problems and internalizing and externalizing comorbidities in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2015;24(1):31-40 originally published online 19 Mar 2014. PubMed ID: 24633694 (IF 3.7) (Sleeping Sound with ADHD) (Citations 1)