Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher

Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher

Keynote Speaker

Biography

Richard Fletcher (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle. His research has covered many aspects of fathering from fathers’ use of YouTube, young fathers’ roles, fathers’ information needs, Aboriginal fathers’ service use and father-child rough and tumble play. He has a particular interest in the role of professionals in building father-infant and father-child connection for the benefit of the whole family. He is the convenor of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) national network of fatherhood researchers, The Australian Fatherhood Research Network. He teaches father-infant attachment and working with vulnerable fathers in the Masters of Family Studies at The University of Newcastle and in the Masters in Perinatal and Infant Health at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry.  His book ‘The Dad Factor: how father-baby bonding helps a child for life’ was published by Finch has been translated into five languages.