Associate Professor Jennifer Rowe

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Associate Professor Jennifer Rowe


Teaching areas

  • Child Youth and Family Health
  • Leadership and Practice Development
  • Research Methods
  • Practice education

Research areas

  • maternal health and transition, and health service development
  • maternal and family transition after preterm birth
  • higher education and academic leadership research and scholarship

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Jennifer Rowe holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine. She contributes to all aspects of strategic planning in Learning and Teaching, curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. She is the current portfolio leader for postgraduate programs in SNMP.

An experienced researcher, Jennifer’s primary area of research and scholarship is early parenting and family adjustment. She has been chief/co-chief investigator in funded research projects in the areas of maternal transition, breastfeeding promotion, early parenting support service evaluations, parenting experience and adjustment during transitions home with a preterm infant, neonatal nurses’ support for parenting adjustment, as well as teenage maternal adjustment for young mothers of preterm or low-birth weight infants. These research projects have involved multi-disciplinary collaborations with academic colleagues, health services and nursing and midwifery, clinicians. Jennifer supervises higher degree by research candidates in these topics to support their development as researchers and academics.

Jennifer’s second area of research and scholarship is higher education and academic leadership development. She has twice been a partner with nursing colleagues and the International Project Group in successful Australian Leadership Award Fellowship grants which have funded projects to build leadership in Nursing Education in Eastern Indonesian to address Millennium Development Goals. She has participated in Office of Learning and Teaching grants; in developing a model for professional conversations and academic leadership and most recently as the USC team leader, in a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Strategic Priority Commissioned Grant in which 8 regional universities investigated the C21st student experience in regional universities.

Professional memberships

  • Australian College of Nursing

  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia


  • 2013 USC Vice Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Research grants

Project name


Funding body (A$)


Shaping the 21st century student experience in regional universities

Leadership team - Nelson, K & Readman, K. Partners – Smith l., Wood, D., Fotinatos N., Meldrum K., Taylor J., Zikan A., Lawrence J. Rowe J (USC institutional project lead)

Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Strategic Priority Commissioned Grant A$284,000


Learning about mothering and baby: Implementing a perinatal parenting program for first time mothers.

Rowe J, Barnes M, Sutherns S, Downer T, & Evans A.

OHMR Project Implementation Grant Application, Queensland Health A$14,196


Supporting and promoting exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate introduction of complementary food; The Staying Connected Project.

Chief Investigators; Barnes M., Rowe J. and Sutherns S.

Sunshine Coast Health Foundation A$55,000


An evaluation of the Newborn and Family Drop in Service.

Chief Investigators; Rowe J., Barnes M., Sutherns s., McLean K., Latham N.

Sunshine Coast Health Foundation A$19,629


Teenage maternal adjustment during the transition home from hospital with a preterm or low birth weight infant: The role of community services.

Chief Investigators Jones L, Rowe J. Student investigator Sheeran N.

Department of Communities, Queensland Government, Priority Research program A$46,900


Beyond Discharge: Family adjustment during the transition home with a preterm infant.

Chief Investigators Jones L, Rowe J.

Griffith University Research Development grant A$20,000


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