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ABC Breakfast Radio Perth with Peter Bell and Paula Kruger

Skip to 02:06:00 to hear Dr Lisa Mundy speak about using recent CATS research to prevent bullying in the future.

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ABC Radio Melbourne: Mornings with Jon Faine

Skip to 49:00 to hear Dr Lisa Mundy speak with Jon Faine about how having a group of friends can protect the mental health of a bullied child.

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Friends in need are friends indeed

School bullying is depressingly common but having a group of friends, not just a single “bestie”, may bolster a child’s resilience.

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The Age: Year 3 boys fall behind in maths and reading

One in five grade three boys have emotional or behavioural problems, putting their academic performance a year behind their peers.

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AM with Sabra Lane: ABC Radio Canberra

David Taylor reports on the impact of emotional problems in boys, relating to their academic performance and development.

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ABC News: Emotional and behavioural problems in primary school aged boys

Dr Lisa Mundy talks to ABC News about new evidence that one in five primary school-aged boys exhibit emotional problems.

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ABC TV Weekend Breakfast: Interview with Dr Mundy

Dr Lisa Mundy chats to ABC TV Weekend Breakfast about the challenges of puberty and all things CATS!

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Book review: The New Puberty

Dr Lisa Mundy reviews the recently published book by Amanda Dunn, 'The New Puberty' for The Conversation.

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Something is happening to our kids, and it’s time we talked about it

Amanda Dunn discusses her upcoming book 'The New Puberty' and the importance of CATS in adolescent health research.

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4 days ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

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During the last seven years, the CATS team have asked our participants many different questions about many different aspects of their lives.

Have you ever wondered, why are they asking me about this?

All of our questions offer a unique opportunity to find out how our participants are developing over time. To give you an idea, we've put together a blog that may answer some of your questions on a few of our survey areas!

Click the link to read more: cats.mcri.edu.au/cats-in-context/

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Murdoch Children's Research Institute has teamed up with the AFL to create a free app called HeadCheck. After a child receives a head knock, HeadCheck can help parents and trainers recognise the signs of concussion, decide whether their child needs an ambulance, or to go to the hospital or see a doctor. It also provides information for parents to manage their child’s return to school, play and sport. For more information and to download the app, visit www.headcheck.com.au.

7 News Melbourne
The AFL and Murdoch Institute have come up with a solution to easily identify if a child has concussion after suffering a head knock.

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3 weeks ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

This week is Heart Week 2018 (29th April - 6th May), and the Heart Foundation aims to remind everyone that being active is important! Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Not to mention the many mental and emotional benefits of being active. So why not go for a nice walk, play a team sport, or ride your bike to school or work like the CATS team?!

To read more about Heart Week and the importance of physical activity, click here: www.heartfoundation.org.au/campaigns/heartweek/
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1 month ago

CATS: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study

Do you sometimes struggle to relax or stay focused? Maybe you get distracted easily and don't get through that list of things you planned to do?
Mindfulness is a simple and effective way of managing your stress, and improving your productivity!
Click here to read more about the positive effect mindfulness can have in your life: cats.mcri.edu.au/mindfulness/

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Publications & Presentations

Publication: Bullying, mental health and friendship in Australian primary school children.
Bayer, J. K., Mundy, L. , Stokes, I. , Hearps, S. , Allen, N. and Patton, G. (2018), Bullying, mental health and friendship in Australian primary school children. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi:10.1111/camh.12261

Presentation: Who has a role to play in promoting healthy use of media?
Presented at the Australian Council on Children and the Media's (ACCM) one day "Tots and tech: Growing up well with media and technology" conference, Melbourne, Australia

Presentation: The role of sleep problems in the development of musculoskeletal pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain in children
Presented at the International Symposium on Pediatric Pain

Presentation: Developing an online social media presence for research
Presented by Kristina Bennett, Molly O'Sullivan, Elissa Phillips and Dr Lisa Mundy at the Australian Association for Adolescent Health Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Publication: The Association Between Electronic Media and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Late Childhood
Mundy, L.K. et al. (2017). The Association Between Electronic Media and Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Late Childhood. Academic Pediatrics, 17(6), 620-624.

Publication: Pain and learning in primary school: a population-based study
Kosola, S. et al. (2017). Pain and learning in primary school: a population-based study. PAIN, 158(9), 1825-1830.

Publication: Peer victimization and academic performance in primary school children
Mundy, L. K. et al. (2017). Peer Victimization and Academic Performance in Primary School Children. Academic Pediatrics.

Publication: Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioral problems
Mundy L.K. et al. (2017) Academic performance in primary school children with common emotional and behavioral problems. Journal of School Health. 87(8):593-601.

Publication: The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children
Simmons et al. (2016). The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 276-281.

Publication: Depression, immune function, and early adrenarche in children
Delaney et al. (2016). Depression, immune function, and early adrenarche in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 228-234.

Publication: Associations between dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels, pituitary volume, and social anxiety in children
Murray et al. (2016). Associations between dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels, pituitary volume, and social anxiety in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 64, 31-39.

Publication: Self-reported parenting style is associated with children’s inflammation and immune activation
Byrne, M.L. et al. (2017). Self-reported parenting style is associated with children’s inflammation and immune activation. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(3), 374-380.

Presentation: Pain and Learning in Primary School: A Population-based Study
Presented at the European Public Health Conference, Vienna, Austria
Poster presented at International Congress of Pediatrics, Vancouver, Canada

Presentation: Associations between social media use and emotional problems 
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Sydney, Australia

Presentation: Preparing Students for the Transition to Secondary School
Presented by Lisa Mundy at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, Australia

Presentation: The Middle Years: A Foundation for Future, Health, Wellbeing & School Engagement
Presented at the 2016 Home Economics Victoria Annual Conference

Presentation: Birth weight and emotional and behavioural problems in early adolescence
Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, USA

Presentation: Electronic media use and academic performance in early adolescence
Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference, Baltimore, USA

Presentation: Body dissatisfaction and pubertal transition in 8-9 year old children
Presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Publication: Adrenarche and the emotional and behavioral problems of late childhood
Mundy et al. (2015). Adrenarche and the emotional and behavioral problems of late childhood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(6), 608-616.

Publication: Reduced frontal white matter volume in children with early onset of adrenarche
Klauser et al. (2015). Reduced frontal white matter volume in children with early onset of adrenarche. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 111-118.

Publication: Associations between early adrenarche, affective brain function and mental health in children
Whittle, et al. (2015). Associations between early adrenarche, affective brain function and mental health in children. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(9), 1282-1290.

Presentation: Bullying and academic performance in primary school children
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Presentation: The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS): The Middle Years – A Foundation for Future Health and Wellbeing
Presented at the Youth Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Presentation: Media use and emotional and behavioural problems in children
Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Philadelphia, USA.

Publication: Study protocol: imaging brain development in the childhood to adolescence transition study (iCATS)
Simmons et al. (2014). Study protocol: imaging brain development in the childhood to adolescence transition study (iCATS). BMC Pediatrics, 14(1), 115.

Presentation: Academic performance in 8-9 year old children with common emotional and behavioural problems
Presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Publication: Study Protocol: the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS)
Mundy et al. (2013). Study Protocol: the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS). BMC Pediatrics, 13(160), 1-13.

Presentation: Behavioural and emotional problems during early puberty
Presented at the International Congress of Pediatrics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.