• Ms Jessica Sexton

    Ms Jessica Sexton

    PhD candidate


    Jessica Sexton is an epidemiology PhD student. Prior to joining the Stillbirth CRE, Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science – Medical Laboratory Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2012, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Georgia Southern University in 2015, and will earn a Master of Science in Spatial Analysis from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. As an MPH student, she investigated the determinants of neonatal sepsis in Ghana, participated in environmental laboratory studies of Vibrio spp., and studied the 2014 influenza outbreak. Upon graduation, she earned a position working for the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention as an Allan Rosenfield Global Epidemiology Fellow in Lilongwe, Malawi. At CDC, Jessica was responsible for the design and implementation of surveillance programs designed to address the HIV epidemic and served as the point of contact for HIV drug resistance activities. In 2017, Jessica was honoured by United States Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer to receive a Franklin Award for her service and innovation through diligence, coordination, and skilled collaboration to improve use of laboratory data and health systems in surveillance and research studies in Malawi.

  • Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Associate Investigator; ECR lead: Care After Stillbirth; Co-lead: Care in subsequent pregnancies following stillbirth


    Aleena’s research background in health psychology and clinical perinatal epidemiology specific to reproductive health and decision-making. Her current work is focused on implementation science in the context of perinatal health, particularly improving mothers’ and babies’ health and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth.

    Aleena worked on the Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths, published in January 2016, where she co-authored two series papers and the series executive summary. She has also collaborated with the World Health Organization and Norwegian Institute of Public Health to develop global frameworks and customisable technical tools for electronic health registries for maternal and child health – coined eRegistries. Aleena is a Cochrane systematic reviewer and member of the Australasian node of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. She also works closely with the International Stillbirth Alliance and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee Executive.

    Aleena is a research associate within the Stillbirth CRE and Early Career Researcher (ECR) lead for its Care After Stillbirth program. She is currently completing a PhD on informing clinical practice for care during subsequent pregnancies following a stillbirth and co-leads the Stillbirth CRE's subsequent pregnancy research stream.

  • Ms Lisa Daly

    Ms Lisa Daly

    PhD candidate

    Lisa Daly is undertaking a PhD at The University of Queensland, jointly enrolled in the School of Public Health and Mater Research Institute. She has worked within the areas of reproductive health, clinician education and organizational governance over the past 20 years. Lisa graduated with a Master of Public Health in Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health from Columbia University in 2003, and was selected for a USAID Population Fellowship with the African Medical and Research Foundation in Tanzania, leading behaviour change communication. More recently, Lisa worked with business development for The University of Queensland, managing eLearning initiatives within the healthcare sector.

  • Ms Anne Schirmann

    Ms Anne Schirmann

    PhD candidate

    Anne Schirmann graduated from a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Queensland, where she received several Dean’s commendations as well as a Dean’s Scholar Award. Anne has previously worked with Associate Professor Boyle and Professor Flenady’s team as a research assistant, working on autopsy consent and the ‘framework for respectful care after stillbirth’ projects before beginning her PhD research. Anne is currently completing her PhD in Public Health, through the University of Queensland, where her research focus is in the area of mental health and wellbeing of parents. Her PhD focuses on bereavement care, specifically, supporting parents in decision making at the time of a stillbirth. 

  • Ms Anneka Bowman

    Ms Anneka Bowman

    PhD Candidate

    Anneka's research is focused on lifestyle risk factors, and their impact on stillbirth rates with a focus on high-income countries. She will be conducting an update to a previous systematic review of risk factors for stillbirth with a new focus on lifestyle risk factors. This review will be integral to establishing where we can modify behaviour, and implement action plans to prevent stillbirths in high-income countries. Anneka's hope is that research into evidence for lifestyle risk factors combined with a comprehensive review of data from the national perinatal dataset will enable health care programs to identify areas where we should focus efforts in the future to prevent stillbirth.

    Previously Anneka has worked as a clinical trial coordinator for the Women’s and Children's Health Research Institute, and for the Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children theme at SAHMRI in Adelaide. Anneka coordinated a large scale, multi centre, national study recruiting pregnant women to received nutritional supplements through their pregnancies. Prior to this Anneka worked as a research officer monitoring and coordinating national clinical trials with the International Musculoskeletal Research Institute in Adelaide.
    Anneka received her bachelor’s degree of health sciences (majoring in reproductive health) from Adelaide University, followed by a masters in research management and commercialisation from Queensland University of Technology.

    During her PhD Anneka will be supported by and working closely with SAHMRI, the Stillbirth CRE and Adelaide University.

  • Ms Haylee Fox

    Ms Haylee Fox

    PhD candidate

    Haylee Fox is a health economics research officer and a PhD candidate at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville. Hayley is currently working with Dr Emily Callander to complete her PhD, and has a research focus on perinatal and childhood health economics. Hayley has a clinical background in nursing, and has graduated with Masters of Public Health (MPH) and a Graduate Certificate of Research Methods.