Associate Professor Rachel Skinner

Associate Professor in Paediatrics & Child Health
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

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Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Dr Skinner is Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney and Adolescent Physician at the Children's Hospital Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Her clinical work is focussed on sexual and reproductive health and she consults in adolescent gynaecology through the Adolescent Medicine Unit at the Children's Hospital Westmead. Her MBBS (1989) was from the University of Melbourne and her specialist training in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was through the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, the Centre for Adolescent Health in Melbourne and the Adolescent Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, USA. She was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1999. Dr Skinner was employed as a clinical academic (Senior Lecturer) in Adolescent Medicine at the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia and the Princess Margaret Hospital from 2002-2007. She has been employed by the University of Sydney and Children's Hospital Westmead since 2007. [More...]

Research interests

Dr Skinner's current research program spans several areas within the field of sexual and reproductive health, including 1) teenage pregnancy, condom and contraception use, 2) the correlates and antecedents of teenage sexual risk taking, 3) knowledge and acceptability, and promotion of HPV vaccination in school based and clinic vaccination programs in Australia, and 3) clinical trials of HPV vaccines.

Her research methods expertise is broad based and includes quantitative approaches such as longitudinal cohort studies, large cross-sectional surveys, community based health promotion interventions and qualitative research. Much of the subject area of her work (teenage sexuality, behaviour and education) is highly sensitive, and has specific ethical challenges.

PhD and Masters' project opportunities

Adolescent Sexual Behaviours

Current national competitive grants*

2012

Randomised Controlled Evaluation of a Complex Intervention to Promote Uptake of School-based HPV Vaccination
Skinner R, Cooper S, McCaffery K, Zimet G, McGeechan K, Whyte P, Regan D
NHMRC Project Grants ($723,634 over 3 years)

2011

Adolescent Rural Cohort Study Hormones, Health, Education, Environments and Relationships
Steinbeck K, Hawke C, Hazell P, Skinner R, Ivers R, Booy R, Cumming R, Fulcher G
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant ($975,652 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

Publications

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

2014

   
  • Kang, M., Rochford, A., Skinner, S., Mindel, A., Webb, M., Peat, J., Usherwood, T. (2014), Sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted infections and attitudes to chlamydia testing among a unique national sample of young Australians: baseline data from a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 14, 12. [Abstract]

2013

   
  • Marino, J., Skinner, S., Doherty, D., Rosenthal, S., Cooper Robbins, S., Cannon, J., Hickey, M. (2013), Age at menarche and age at first sexual intercourse: a prospective cohort study. Pediatrics. 132(6), 1028-1036. [Abstract]
  • Szarewski, A., Skinner, S., Garland, S., Romanowski, B., Schwarz, T., Apter, D., Chow, S., Paavonen, J., Del Rosario-Raymundo, M., Teixeira, J., De Carvalho, N., Castro-Sanchez, M., Castellsagué, X., Poppe, W., De Sutter, P., Huh, W., Chatterjee, A., Tjalma, W., Ackerman, R., Martens, M., Papp, K., Bajo-Arenas, J., Harper, D., Torné, A., David, M., Struyf, F., Lehtinen, M., Dubin, G. (2013), Efficacy of the HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine against low-risk HPV types (PATRICIA randomized trial): an unexpected observation. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 208(9), 1391-1396. [Abstract]
  • Smith, J., Skinner, S., Fenwick, J. (2013), Preconception reflections, postconception intentions: the before and after of birth control in Australian adolescent females. Sexual Health. 10(4), 332-338. [Abstract]
  • Marshall, H., Collins, J., Sullivan, T., Tooher, R., O'Keefe, M., Skinner, S., Watson, M., Burgess, T., Ashmeade, H., Braunack-Mayer, A. (2013), Parental and societal support for adolescent immunization through school based immunization programs. Vaccine. 31(30), 3059-3064. [Abstract]
  • Williams, H., Kang, M., Skinner, R. (2013), Sexual and reproductive health. In: Youth Health and Adolescent Medicine. (pp.192-214).Australia: IP Communicatons.
  • Kang, M., Skinner, R., Bateson, D. (2013), Adolescent Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health. In: A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine. (pp.307-332).United States: World Scientific Publishing.

2012

   
  • Roset Bahmanyar, E., Paavonen, J., Naud, P., Salmerón, J., Chow, S., Apter, D., Kitchener, H., Castellsagué, X., Teixeira, J., Skinner, S., Jaisamrarn, U., Limson, G., Garland, S., Szarewski, A., Romanowski, B., Aoki, F., Schwarz, T., Poppe, W., De Carvalho, N., Harper, D., Bosch, F., Raillard, A., Descamps, D., Struyf, F., Lehtinen, M., Dubin, G. (2012), Prevalence and risk factors for cervical HPV infection and abnormalities in young adult women at enrolment in the multinational PATRICIA trial. Gynecologic Oncology. 127(3), 440-450. [Abstract]
  • Tabrizi, S., Brotherton, J., Kaldor, J., Skinner, S., Cummins, E., Liu, B., Bateson, D., McNamee, K., Garefalakis, M., Garland, S. (2012), Fall in human papillomavirus prevalence following a national vaccination program. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 206(11), 1645-1651. [Abstract]
  • Smith, J., Skinner, S., Fenwick, J. (2012), Perceptions of teen motherhood in Australian adolescent females: Life-line or lifederailment. Women and Birth. 25(4), 181-186. [Abstract]
  • Kang, M., Rochford, A., Skinner, R., Mindel, A., Webb, M., Peat, J., Usherwood, T. (2012), Facilitating chlamydia testing among young people: a randomised controlled trial in cyberspace. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 88(8), 568-573. [Abstract]
  • Szarewski, A., Poppe, W., Skinner, S., Wheeler, C., Paavonen, J., Naud, P., Salmeron, J., Chow, S., Apter, D., Kitchener, H., Castellsagué, X., Teixeira, J., Hedrick, J., Jaisamrarn, U., Limson, G., Garland, S., Romanowski, B., Aoki, F., Schwarz, T., Bosch, F., Harper, D., Hardt, K., Zahaf, T., Descamps, D., Struyf, F., Lehtinen, M., Dubin, G. (2012), Efficacy of the human papillomavirus (HPV)-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine in women aged 15-25 years with and without serological evidence of previous exposure to HPV-16/18. International Journal of Cancer. 131(1), 106-116. [Abstract]
  • Smith, J., Fenwick, J., Skinner, R., Hallet, J., Merriman, G., Marshall, L. (2012), Sex, Condoms and Sexually Transmissible Infections: A Qualitative Study of Sexual Health in Young Australian Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 41(2), 487-495. [Abstract]
  • Wheeler, C., Castellsagué, X., Garland, S., Szarewski, A., Paavonen, J., Naud, P., Salmerón, J., Chow, S., Apter, D., Kitchener, H., Teixeira, J., Skinner, S., Jaisamrarn, U., Limson, G., Romanowski, B., Aoki, F., Schwarz, T., Poppe, W., Bosch, F., Harper, D., Huh, W., Hardt, K., Zahaf, T., Descamps, D., Struyf, F., Dubin, G., Lehtinen, M. (2012), Cross-protective efficacy of HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine against cervical infection and precancer caused by non-vaccine oncogenic HPV types: 4-year end-of-study analysis of the randomised, double-blind PATRICIA trial. The Lancet Oncology. 13(1), 100-110. [Abstract]
  • Lehtinen, M., Paavonen, J., Wheeler, C., Jaisamrarn, U., Garland, S., Castellsagué, X., Skinner, S., Apter, D., Naud, P., Salmerón, J., Chow, S., Kitchener, H., Teixeira, J., Hedrick, J., Limson, G., Szarewski, A., Romanowski, B., Aoki, F., Schwarz, T., Poppe, W., De Carvalho, N., Germar, M., Peters, K., Mindel, A., De Sutter, P., Bosch, F., David, M., Descamps, D., Struyf, F., Dubin, G. (2012), Overall efficacy of HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine against grade 3 or greater cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: 4-year end-of-study analysis of the randomised, double-blind PATRICIA trial. The Lancet Oncology. 13(1), 89-99. [Abstract]
  • Cooper, S., Rawsthorne, M., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R., Steinbeck, K. (2012), "You Can Help People": Adolescents' Views on Engaging Young People in Longitudinal Research. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 22(1), 8-13.
  • Steinbeck, K., Hazell, P., Cumming, R., Skinner, S., Ivers, R., Booy, R., Fulcher, G., Handelsman, D., Martin, A., Morgan, G., Starling, J., Bauman, A., Rawsthorne, M., Bennett, D., Chow, C., Lam, M., Kelly, P., Brown, N., Paxton, K., Hawke, C. (2012), The study design and methodology for the ARCHER study - adolescent rural cohort study of hormones, health, education, environments and relationships. BMC Pediatrics. 12(1), 143. [Abstract]
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2012), One giant leap towards Australian adolescents' understanding of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 7(2), 135-140.
  • Hendriks, J., Fyfe, S., Styles, I., Skinner, R., Merriman, G. (2012), Scale construction utilising the Rasch unidimensional measurement model: A measurement of adolescent attitudes towards abortion. Australasian Medical Journal. 5(5), 251-261.

2011

   
  • Robbins, S., Ward, K., Skinner, S. (2011), School-based vaccination: A systematic review of process evaluations. Vaccine. 29(52), 9588-99. [Abstract]
  • Garland, S., Skinner, S., Brotherton, J. (2011), Adolescent and young adult HPV vaccination in Australia: achievements and challenges. Preventive Medicine. 53(Suppl 1), S29-S35. [Abstract]
  • Yin, J., Wang, H., Skinner, S., Salkeld, G., Booy, R. (2011), Assessing seasonal vaccine-related cross-protection from 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza through teacher absenteeism. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. , 393-394. [Abstract]
  • Bernard, D., Cooper Robbins, S., McCaffery, K., Scott, C., Skinner, S. (2011), The domino effect: adolescent girls' response to human papillomavirus vaccination. The Medical Journal of Australia. 194(6), 297-300. [Abstract]
  • Smith, J., Skinner, R., Fenwick, J. (2011), How Australian Female Adolescents Prioritize Pregnancy Protection:A Grounded Theory Study of Contraceptive Histories. Journal of Adolescent Research. 26(5), 617-644.
  • Smith, J., Fenwick, J., Skinner, R., Merriman, G., Hallett, J. (2011), Young males' perspectives on pregnancy, fatherhood and condom use: Where does responsibility for birth control lie?. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. 2(1), 37-42. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, R., Allen, D., Trottier, H., Ronsse, V., Castellsagué, X. (2011), Benefits of vaccinating young adult women against cervical cancer: A review of the evidence. Gynecologic Oncology. 121(2), S10–S20.

2010

   
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Skinner, S. (2010), "I just signed": Factors influencing decision-making for school-based HPV vaccination of adolescent girls. Health Psychology. 29(6), 618-625. [Abstract]
  • Lewis, L., Doherty, D., Hickey, M., Skinner, S. (2010), Predictors of sexual intercourse and rapid-repeat pregnancy among teenage mothers: an Australian prospective longitudinal study. Medical Journal of Australia. 193(6), 338-342. [Abstract]
  • Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Skinner, S. (2010), 'It's a logistical nightmare!' Recommendations for optimising human papillomavirus school-based vaccination experience. Sexual Health. 7(3), 271-278. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, S., Cooper Robbins, S. (2010), Voluntary school-based human papillomavirus vaccination: an efficient and acceptable model for achieving high vaccine coverage in adolescents. The Journal of Adolescent Health. 47, 215-218. [Abstract]
  • Kang, M., Skinner, R., Usherwood, T. (2010), Interventions for young people in Australia to reduce HIV and sexually transmissible infections: a systematic review. Sexual Health. 7(2), 107-128. [Abstract]
  • Lewis, L., Doherty, D., Hickey, M., Skinner, S. (2010), Implanon as a contraceptive choice for teenage mothers: a comparison of contraceptive choices, acceptability and repeat pregnancy. Contraception. 81(5), 421-426. [Abstract]
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Garland, S., Skinner, S. (2010), "Is cancer contagious?": Australian adolescent girls and their parents: making the most of limited information about HPV and HPV vaccination. Vaccine. 28(19), 3398-3408. [Abstract]

2009

   
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009), Clarifying the importance of HPV vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal. , 841-2; author reply 843. [Abstract]
  • Paavonen, J., Naud, P., Salmerón, J., Wheeler, C., Chow, S., Apter, D., Kitchener, H., Castellsague, X., Teixeira, J., Skinner, S., Hedrick, J., Jaisamrarn, U., Limson, G., Garland, S., Szarewski, A., Romanowski, B., Aoki, F., Schwarz, T., Poppe, W., Bosch, F., Jenkins, D., Hardt, K., Zahaf, T., Descamps, D., Struyf, F., Lehtinen, M., Dubin, G., Greenacre, M. (2009), Efficacy of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine against cervical infection and precancer caused by oncogenic HPV types (PATRICIA): final analysis of a double-blind, randomised study in young women. Lancet. 374(9686), 301-314. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, S., Smith, J., Fenwick, J., Hendriks, J., Fyfe, S., Kendall, G. (2009), Pregnancy and protection: perceptions, attitudes and experiences of Australian female adolescents. Women and birth. 22(2), 50-56. [Abstract]
  • Lewis, L., Hickey, M., Doherty, D., Skinner, S. (2009), How do pregnancy outcomes differ in teenage mothers? A Western Australian study. The Medical Journal of Australia. 190(10), 537-541. [Abstract]
  • Weisberg, E., Bateson, D., McCaffery, K., Skinner, S. (2009), HPV vaccination catch up program - utilisation by young Australian women. Australian Family Physician. 38(1-2), 72-76. [Abstract]
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009), Letter to the Editor: clarifying the importance of HPV Vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal. 50, 1-2.
  • Skinner, R., Parsons, A., Kang, M., Williams, H., Fairley, C. (2009), Young people and sexually transmitted infections. In: Challenges in Adolescent Health: An Australian Perspective. (pp.205-215).United States: Nova Science Publishers.

2008

   
  • Skinner, S., Smith, J., Fenwick, J., Fyfe, S., Hendriks, J. (2008), Perceptions and experiences of first sexual intercourse in Australian adolescent females. The Journal of adolescent health. 43(6), 593-599. [Abstract]
  • Garland, S., Brotherton, J., Skinner, S., Pitts, M., Saville, M., Mola, G., Jones, R. (2008), Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer in Australasia and Oceania: risk-factors, epidemiology and prevention. Vaccine. 26 Suppl 12, M80-8. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, S., Garland, S., Stanley, M., Pitts, M., Quinn, M. (2008), Human papillomavirus vaccination for the prevention of cervical neoplasia: is it appropriate to vaccinate women older than 26?. The Medical journal of Australia. 188(4), 238-42. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, R., Brotherton, J. (2008), Sexual risk assessment is not helpful for recommendations on human papillomavirus vaccination. Therapy. 5(3), 283-287.