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Dr Richard Fletcher

Dr Richard Fletcher

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Richard Fletcher is Associate Professor, Brain and Mental Health Priority Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle.

Richard Fletcher is Associate Professor, Brain and Mental Health Priority Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, NSW. He has been conducting research with fathers and families for over 20 years and has designed and delivered courses and seminars on Health Research, boys’ development and father involvement to teachers, nurses, occupational therapists, and medical students.

He has designed and delivered postgraduate courses at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (Unit on fathers) and online: Father Infant Attachment and Co-parenting: theory and Intervention; and, Working With fathers in Vulnerable Families.

He is the originator of the SMS4dads text-messaging program that delivers brief texts to fathers from when their partner is 16 weeks gestation until their infant reaches 48 weeks of age. He is currently co-convenor, Australian Fatherhood Research Network. His book The Dad Factor: How the Father-Baby Bond Helps a Child for Life has been translated into 5 languages.