Meet The Team

The CATS team is based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, in the Population Health Studies of Adolescents group, at the Royal Children's Hospital. The team is led by Professor George Patton and Dr Lisa Mundy.

To get in touch with one of our team members, please send an email to cats@mcri.edu.au or call (03) 9345 6732. We'd love to hear from you!

Are you a student looking for a project or supervision? Prof Patton and Dr Mundy are available for student supervision and can be contacted directly.

Lisa completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology in the UK. Since then, she has been working at MCRI as a Research Fellow and Project Manager. Lisa has lots of experience working on longitudinal studies both in the UK and Australia. She really enjoys seeing how children grow up over the years. Lisa is particularly interested in understanding what we can do to help make childhood and adolescence a happy and positive time for all children.


Professor George Patton is a medically qualified epidemiologist with a clinical background in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow. His research is based at the Population Health Studies of Adolescents group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. He has been extensively involved in both child and adolescent mental health research and global adolescent health work. He has been a consultant around research to the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Population Division and UNICEF. He has previously coordinated two special series on adolescent health for the Lancet and is currently Chair of the 'Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing'.


  • Elissa Phillips
  • Project Coordinator

Elissa has been at the Murdoch Children's since 2010. Her main interests are in nutrition and health promotion. While at the MCRI, Elissa has worked on a range of projects with children aged from 6-8 weeks to 17 years. She is particularly interested in maternal and child health, and how early life predicts health during adolescence. Elissa loves working with the CATS team to learn more about how CATS students transition through adolescence.

  • Eliza Miller
  • Senior Project Officer

Eliza recently completed a PhD looking at the effects of exercise and nutrition on a range of health outcomes for the management of type 2 diabetes in older adults. She has a strong interest in the role of exercise and nutrition in disease prevention. One day, Eliza would like to study the role of exercise and nutrition in predicting successful pregnancy outcomes in couples undergoing fertility treatment. She is also interested to look at the health and development of the baby over its life.

  • Louise Canterford
  • Data Analyst

Louise has completed a Master of Biostatistics - she really enjoys working with numbers! Having worked at Murdoch Children's for the past 10 years, she has a lot of experience analysing longitudinal data. She is excited to help senior investigators discover more about puberty and the transition from childhood to adolescence.

  • Michael Wilson
  • Project Assistant

Michael recently completed his final year of Uni studying Psychology. He is particularly interested in substance use, sleep and mental health during adolescence. His favourite part of CATS is visiting schools and meeting our participants who are so keen to be involved in such an exciting study. He was also a student on the CATS project, completing his Honours project investigating substance use among adolescents.

  • Paul Hockey
  • Project Assistant

Paul has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology and his main interests are in child and adolescent development and forensic psychology. He leads the development of our study databases and looks forward to catching up with our CATS participants every year.

  • Tehani Paiva
  • Project Assistant

Tehani has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. She has a keen interest in sleep-related issues and mental health development throughout childhood and adolescence. She is excited to be a part of the CATS team, and is looking forward to catching up with our participants.

  • Tracy Evans-Whipp
  • Senior Research Officer

Tracy has worked for many years in adolescent health and is especially interested in what schools can be doing to improve the education, health and wellbeing of young people. Having two children that are of similar age to the CATS study group means she can especially relate to the experiences of the CATS parents and children.


  • Amber Tran
  • Volunteer
  • Jennah Alonso
  • Volunteer
  • Meghna Kadalbajoo
  • Volunteer

Investigators & Reference Group

Investigators remove

A number of experts in child and adolescent health help to inform the study.

Prof Louisa DegenhardtUniversity of New South Wales
Prof John CarlinMurdoch Children's Research Institute
Prof Susan SawyerMurdoch Children's Research Institute, the Royal Children's Hospital, and the University of Melbourne
Dr Rohan BorschmannMurdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne
Prof Nicholas AllenUniversity of Oregon, USA
Prof Russell VinerUniversity College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, UK
Dr Emily StockingsUniversity of New South Wales
A/Prof Felice JackaDeakin University
Dr Frances RiceCardiff University, UK
Dr Jenny ProimosThe Royal Children's Hospital
Dr Julian SimmonsUniversity of Melbourne
Prof Martha HickeyUniversity of Melbourne
A/Prof Sarah WhittleUniversity of Melbourne
Prof Melissa WakeMurdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Auckland
Prof Timothy OldsUniversity of South Australia

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The Reference Group was set up in 2012. It is made up of community members such as teachers and principals, as well as representatives from the research and education sectors. The purpose is to discuss and refine study procedures, and assist with the translation of study outcomes.

Prof John HattieMelbourne Graduate School of Education, MGSE
Kris Arcaro Victorian Department of Education and Training, DET
Cathy Henbest Catholic Education Melbourne, CEM
Janice Boarder Independent Schools Victoria, ISV
Sally Karlovic Principal at North Melbourne Primary School
Don Kirk Teacher at Caulfield Junior College
Dr Sara Glover Mitchell Institute
Jim Rimmer VicHealth
Andrea Krelle Centre for Adolescent Health, CAH