Vivette is an internationally recognised expert on the effects of prenatal stress, anxiety and depression on child neurodevelopment, and behavioural, emotional and cognitive outcomes. She is also an expert on the methods used to study these topics in both mother and child, both with respect to questionnaire and observational methods and biological aspects.
Vivette set up the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group in 1997, its aims to study the emotional state of the mother on the stress responses of the developing fetus and neonate, methods to reduce these, and long-term effects on the child.
Vivette has been a special advisor to the Department of Health on the Family Nurse Partnership and Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Programmes. She leads the Warwick Consortium in biometric sampling design and delivery as part of the Impact and Economic Evaluation.