Dr. Gath's research interests are centred in developmental psychology, with a focus on parenting, family dynamics, and children's social, emotional, and moral development. Recent projects include a focus on children's screen time in relation to social and language development, and associations with the parent-child relationship.
Dr. Gath specialises in quantitative research methods and statistical data analysis, and her previous work has included working with large datasets such as the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).
- Gath ME. (2022) Parents and Adolescents in Stepfamilies: Longitudinal Links to Physical Health, Psychological Distress, and Stress. Journal of Child and Family Studies 31(1): 17-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02078-z.
- Gillon G., McNeill B., Scott A., Arrow A., Gath M. and Macfarlane A. (2022) A better start literacy approach: effectiveness of Tier 1 and Tier 2 support within a response to teaching framework. Reading and Writing http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11145-022-10303-4.
- McNeill B., McIlraith A., Macrae T., Gath M. and Gillon G. (2022) Predictors of Speech Severity and Inconsistency Over Time in Children With Token-to-Token Inconsistency. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research ePub Ahead of Issue: 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/2022_JSLHR-21-00611.
- Scott A., Gillon G., McNeill B. and Gath M. (2022) Impacting Change in Classroom Literacy Instruction: A Further Investigation of the Better Start Literacy Approach. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 57(1): 191-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40841-022-00251-6.
- Gath ME., Didham RA. and Daly M. (2021) Estimating the prevalence of children living with a stepparent in New Zealand using linked administrative, census, and survey data. Journal of Family Studies http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2021.1954539.
(On Maternity Leave)