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Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy

Research Fellow

BAppSc (SpPath), MPH, PhD

Hayley is an NHMRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, The University of Sydney and the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network.

She coordinates and supports the establishment, maintenance, and execution of research from the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. She supports the organisation’s strategic plan by building local and international research capacity aimed at preventing and curing cerebral palsy and is an investigator on the Bangladesh and Sri Lankan (2015) CP registers.

Hayley’s doctoral studies at The University of Sydney, evaluated the impact and outcomes of cerebral palsy due to congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV); a common virus that circulates in our community but when transmitted to the fetus during pregnancy can sometimes cause stillbirth and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Research Interests

  • Cytomegalovirus and cerebral palsy
  • Neurodevelopmental disability
  • Population health
  • Data linkage
  • Assistive technology
  • Strategies to support people with disabilities to make and maintain friendships


2018  NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

2017  Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network Post-doctoral Scholarship

2013 NHMRC Dora Lush Public Health Scholarship for Doctoral studies.

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

View Hayley’s publications on Google Scholar or on ResearchGate.