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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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'.
Cindy is currently in her final year of completing a Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. She has an interest in working with children and adolescents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Previously, Cindy completed her honours project with CATS and is now back to assist CATS as a project assistant.
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.
Georgie is currently completing a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University. She is interested in pursuing a career in population health research. At CATS, Georgie is excited to learn more about the transition from childhood to adolescence and to gain experience within this field of research.
Han is currently completing a Bachelor of Public Relations at RMIT University. She is interested in health and community events and particularly the planning, strategy and communications behind them. At MCRI, she guides the social media and engagement for CATS and is excited to learn more about the emotional development of adolescents.
Hanafi is a recent Masters of Biostatistics graduate from The University of Melbourne. He is particularly interested in analysing longitudinal data in the health and biomedical field. He has joined the CATS team to assist with data analysis for government reports.
Ivy is studying economics and diversity studies at LaTrobe University. At MCRI, she has worked on the Healthy Parents Healthy Kids Study and is looking forward to joining the CATS team! Ivy really enjoys working with young people and is excited to learn more about how they develop in the transition from childhood to adolescence.
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.
Millie Catchpool is currently studying psychology at Monash University. She is looking forward to starting Honours later this year and gaining some experience within research. Millie’s main interest is developmental psychology and is looking forward to learning more about the important changes that take place in the transition from childhood to adolescence.
Monika is a psychologist who recently completed her PhD in adolescent mental health and sleep. She previously worked at the Murdoch Children’s with the Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance and has recently (and excitedly!) joined the CATS team to help prepare reports for government departments.
Nina is a 4th year psychology student studying at Monash University. She is hoping to pursue a career as an educational and developmental psychologist. Working with the CATS team provides Nina with the opportunity to enhance her knowledge and develop the skills that are crucial when working with young people.
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.
A number of experts in child and adolescent health help to inform the study.
|Prof Louisa Degenhardt||University of New South Wales|
|Prof John Carlin||Murdoch Children's Research Institute|
|Prof Susan Sawyer||Murdoch Children's Research Institute, the Royal Children's Hospital, and the University of Melbourne|
|Dr Rohan Borschmann||Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne|
|Prof Nicholas Allen||University of Oregon, USA|
|Prof Russell Viner||University College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, UK|
|Dr Emily Stockings||University of New South Wales|
|A/Prof Felice Jacka||Deakin University|
|Dr Frances Rice||Cardiff University, UK|
|Dr Jenny Proimos||The Royal Children's Hospital|
|Dr Julian Simmons||University of Melbourne|
|Prof Martha Hickey||University of Melbourne|
|A/Prof Sarah Whittle||University of Melbourne|
|Prof Melissa Wake||Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Auckland|
|Prof Timothy Olds||University of South Australia|
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 Hattie||Melbourne 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|
|Andrea Krelle||Centre for Adolescent Health, CAH|