News & Publications

Click on the boxes below to find out more about when CATS has been in the media.

Results from CATS get published in journal articles. We also present CATS data at a number of local and international conferences. Details of our publications and presentations can be found below.

We send newsletters to our participants every year. You can take a look at the newsletters below.

Latest News

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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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The Age: 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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Life Matters: Bullying, mental health and academic performance

Hear Dr Lisa Mundy discuss the importance of the middle years, and talk about the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study.

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Bullying linked to lower academic performance: breaking study

We know the havoc that bullying can wreak on a child’s social and emotional wellbeing, but what toll might it have on academic outcomes?

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Bullied school kids left behind in learning

The first large scale study into school bullying and academic achievement finds kids targeted by bullying are well behind in their learning.

Publications & Presentations

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.

Newsletters

Summer 2016 Newsletter
Summer 2015 Newsletter
Summer 2014 Newsletter
Autumn 2013 Newsletter

Project Report: The first four years (2016)
Student Report: The first four years (2016)