Frances' research is focussed on understanding ways to promote children's psychological wellbeing, and her research tends to examine interactions between parents and children. One of her research interests is understanding the cognitive and social factors that influence parents' use of particular discipline practices with young children. Another research interest is understanding the factors that contribute to emotional health problems in children and adolescents. Currently, she is working with Professor Mark Dadds at the University of Sydney on the "Watch Me Grow for Real" Project. She also works clinically as a psychologist.