Cynthia is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and a research officer at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Her PhD research focuses on using administrative and survey data to explore the health impacts of experiencing a cyclone event during pregnancy. Cynthia’s study focuses on cyclones and mothers residing in Queensland, Australia but her interests further include other stressful disaster events, occurring nationally and internationally, that can place a mother under unexpected environmental stress during pregnancy. Cynthia started as a graduate at the AIHW in 2015 and has experience analysing and reporting on government datasets.
The impact of maternal exposure to severe tropical cyclones on birth outcomes
Natural disasters and population health, perinatal health, maternal stress, disaster adaptation and resilience, geographic information system (GIS) analysis, data visualisation.
Peer Review Journals
Parayiwa, C., and Behie, A.M. 2018. Effects of prenatal maternal stress on birth outcomes following tropical cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia (2011). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Parayiwa, C. Lal A., Behie, A.M. 2019. Spatial patterns of perinatal health outcomes in Queensland, Australia. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand – 23rd Annual Congress (Queensland, Australia)
- Parayiwa, C. 2019. A spatiotemporal exploration of preterm and low birthweight incidence in Queensland, Australia. Australia and New Zealand Map Society Conference (Canberra, Australia)
- Parayiwa, C., Behie, A.M. 2019. An interdisciplinary approach to mapping perinatal exposure to cyclone related stressors in Queensland, Australia – a methodological overview. The Australasian Society for Human Biology – 32nd Annual Conference (Canberra, Australia)
- Parayiwa, C., Behie, A.M. 2018. Effects of prenatal maternal stress on birth outcomes following tropical cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia (2011). The Australasian Society for Human Biology – 31st Annual Conference (Queensland, Australia)
2018 – current: Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP)
2018 – current: Fee-Offset AGRTP Stipend Domestic Scholarship
2019: ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences travel grant (Syracuse University Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)
2019: Australasian Society of Human Biology Student Podium Prize (1st)
2018: Australasian Society of Human Biology Student Conference Grant