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ABC Breakfast Radio Perth: Preventing bullying in the future

Dr Lisa Mundy speaks to Peter Bell & Paula Kruger about using recent CATS research to prevent bullying in the future. *Link unavailable*

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Mornings with Jon Faine: Friends and mental health

Dr Lisa Mundy speaks 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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If you watched the news last night, this scene might be familiar! Special thanks to our CATS Ambassadors yesterday for helping out with the media coverage for Dr Libby Hughes’ research on body image and puberty. Keep an eye on the CATS website, we will be posting links to all the articles and TV stories from yesterday very soon! cats.mcri.edu.au/news-publications/ #CATS_study #adolescenthealth ... See MoreSee Less

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International Youth Day 2018 aims to promote youth engagement and empowerment by exploring the role of safe spaces in contributing to freedom of expression, mutual respect and constructive dialogue.

Safe spaces are different for every person all over the world. In Australia we are so lucky to have access to many parks, sporting facilities, cafés, community gardens and many other safe spaces where young people can come together and communicate. What are some of your favourite safe spaces to visit and why?
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The transition from primary school to high school is a time of great change for young people. We asked CATS students what their biggest worries were during this period, and the most common responses were losing contact with their friends from primary school, keeping up with homework demands and getting lost at their new school. These worries all eased by Year 8 as students settled into high school. #CATSFacts ... See MoreSee Less

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It can sometimes be difficult to know how to best support a friend in need. This week Beyond Blue shared their tips for small gestures that can make a big difference to someone going through a tough time. Click this link to read more: bb.org.au/2mRkkp9 ... See MoreSee Less

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Publications & Presentations

Publications

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

Publications

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.

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.

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.

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.

Presentations

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Publications

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.

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.

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.

Presentations

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

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.

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

Publications

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.

Presentations

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.

Publications

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.

Presentations

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