Sister Elena Marie Piteo

Lecturer in Applied Psychology
O.P., PhD

Email: elena.marie.piteo@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4617

  • Biography

    Sister Elena Marie Piteo lectures in Applied Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus).

    Sister Elena Marie Piteo has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Adelaide, as well as a PhD in Philosophy, Psychology from the University of Adelaide. Sister entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in 2011 in Nashville Tennessee. During this time she completed a teaching degree and continues religious formation in theology and philosophy and catechetical training, and has taught in Catholic Schools.

    Since returning to Australia in August 2016 she has lectured and tutored in courses in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Study Centre, UNDA. She also lectured and tutored at Campion College, Sydney Australia.

  • Teaching areas

    • Applied Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Cognitive-Biological Psychology
    • Research Methods
  • Research expertise and supervision

    Child and adolescent health and development

    Of particular interest:

    • Psychological aspects of sleep on child and adolescent development
    • Interactions between media, technology and child and adolescent development (mental health, attention and learning)
    • Interactions between media, technology and family relationships
    • Determinants of mental health (anxiety and depression) in childhood development and family.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Piteo, SEM, & Ward, K. (submitted December 2018) A systematic review of quantitative studies evaluating the relationship between social media and depression and anxiety in children and adolescence.
    • Piteo, A.M,  Roberts, R.M., Nettelbeck, T. Burns, N.,  Lushington, K.,  Martin, A.J., and  Kennedy, J.D. (2013). Postnatal depression mediates the relationship between infant and maternal sleep disruption and family dysfunction. Early Human Development, 89(2), 69-74.
    • Piteo, A.M, Yelland, L.N., & Makrides, M. (2012). Does maternal depression predict developmental outcome in 18 month old infants? Early Human Development, 88(8), 651-655.
    • Winefield, Helen; Piteo, Alicia; Kettler, Lisa; Roberts, Rachel; Taylor, Anne; Tuckey, Michelle; Denson, Linley; Thomas, Kay; Lamb, Ian (2011). Australian parents’ needs and expectations regarding out of school hours care: A pilot study.  Journal of Early Childhood Research, 9(3), 196-206.
    • Piteo, Alicia Marie; Kennedy, John Declan; Roberts, Rachel Margaret; Martin, Alfred James; Nettelbeck, Theodore John; Kohler, Mark John; Lushington, Kurt (2011). Snoring and cognitive development in infancy. Sleep Medicine, 12(10), 981-987
    • Piteo, Alicia Marie; Lushington, Kurt; Roberts, Rachel Margaret; Martin, Alfred James; Nettelbeck, Theodore John; Kohler, Mark John; Kennedy, John Declan (2011). Parental-reported snoring from the first month of life and cognitive development at 12 months of age. Sleep Medicine,  12(10), 975-980
    • Piteo, Alicia Marie; Lushington, Kurt; Roberts, Rachel Margaret; van den Heuvel, Cameron Jay;  Nettelbeck, Theodore John; Kohler, Mark John; Martin, Alfred James; Kennedy, John Declan (2011). Prevalence of snoring and associated factors in infancy Sleep Medicine, 12(8), 787-792
    • Piteo, A.M., & Kettler, L.J. (2011). Friendship Quality: Role in the Relationship between Peer Victimization and Psychopathology. The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 28(1), 15-32.
  • Conference papers

    • Piteo, A, Roberts, R., Nettelbeck, T, Lushington, K., van den Heuvel, C., Kohler, M., Martin, J., & Kennedy, J.D. (2009). Snoring and sleep characteristics in Australian infants aged 0-3 months old. 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, 8-11 October, 2009, Melbourne.
    • Piteo, A., Lushington, K., Roberts, R., van den Heuvel, C., Nettelbeck, T., Kohler, M., Martin, J., & Kennedy, D (2010). Snoring at 6 months old is associated with poorer cognitive development at 12 months old. Congress of the International Pediatric Sleep Association Joint Meeting with Pediatric Sleep Medicine Conference, 3-5 December, 2010, Rome.
    • Oral presentation entitled “Snoring in 6 month old infants: Effects on Cognitive development” at the Adelaide Sleep Retreat, Thursday January 21st 2010.
    • Oral Presentation entitled “Sleep and Snoring in infancy”, at the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, Research Seminars, Thursday 9th September 2010
    • Piteo, A, Roberts, R., Nettelbeck, T, Lushington, K., van den Heuvel, C., Kohler, M., Martin, J., & Kennedy, J.D. (2009). Snoring and sleep characteristics in Australian infants aged 0-3 months old. 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, 8-11 October, 2009, Melbourne.