• Ben Mathews

    Ben is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and is Principal Research Fellow in the QUT Faculty of Law.  He holds an Adjunct Professorship at Johns Hopkins University (Bloomberg School of Public Health) and was Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission...

  • Adrian Kelly

    Adrian is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Queensland University of Technology, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.  He received his Masters of Clinical Psychology and PhD from the University of Queensland.  Adrian is a Fellow of the Clinical College (Australian Psychological Society) and a Senior Fellow...

Research team

  • Kristin Laurens

    Kristin is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at Queensland University of Technology. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry at University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Visiting Senior Researcher at the Institute of Psychology,...

  • Kate Williams

    Kate Williams is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research program seeks to understand and address achievement and wellbeing gaps that emerge in early childhood and are often related to the experience of adversity. Her research primarily focusses...

  • Divya Mehta

    Divya is a Senior Research Fellow at QUT and Affiliate Scientist at QIMR Berghofer. Divya received her Masters in Human Molecular Genetics at Imperial College London and her PhD at Technical University Munich. Her research lies at the interface of psychiatry, genomics and biostatistics and focuses on understanding how environmental...

  • Michael Dunne

    Michael has an Honours degree in Psychology and a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Since the late 1980s he has taught and been engaged in research across a number of Public Health fields, with a primary focus on the social epidemiology of mental disorders. Since the early 2000′s he has worked...

  • Kerryann Walsh

    Kerryann is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education. Kerryann served as Co-Director of the $5.3M Australian government-funded Excellence in Research in Early Years Education (EREYE) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) involving QUT, Charles Sturt University, and Monash University (2013-2015). She co-leads the Childhoods in Changing Contexts research group in QUT’s Faculty of Education....

  • Philip Baker

    Philip is Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology. Before QUT, he was director of Epidemiology in Queensland Health, while active in research and teaching. He has a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Technology Assessment from the University of Queensland and a...

  • Nigar Khawaja

    Dr Nigar G. Khawaja is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology. Nigar is a trained and registered multilingual Clinical Psychologist. Her research leadership is in the areas of clinical, transcultural and cross-cultural psychology.  She conducts researches at the national and international level....

  • Kirsten Vallmuur

    Kirsten is a Principal Research Fellow supported by a Motor Accident Insurance Commission funded research fellowship within the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation.  She is currently leading the Queensland Statewide Trauma Data Warehouse development project in collaboration with Queensland Health and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission. She is a...

  • Divna Haslam

    Divna Haslam is a Senior Research Fellow and  Project Manager, of the Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS) Faculties of Law and Health, Queensland University of Technology. She has a PhD in clinical Psychology and more than 10 years working as an academic at the University of Queensland in the field...

  • Kelly Richards

    Dr Kelly Richards is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on two key areas relating to children and young people: young people’s contact with the criminal justice system; and sexual offending against children. In relation to the former, she has...

  • Stephen Bartlett

    Stephen is an early career academic and a lecturer on the paramedic degree program in the School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology. Stephen is a registered paramedic. He holds an Honours degree in Law and a Masters degree in Legal Aspects of Medical Practice. His PhD examined the...

  • Stephanie Jowett

    Stephanie Jowett is a lecturer in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. Steph is engaged in research that spans a broad range of sociolegal issues, predominately focusing on the intersection of human health and law. Steph’s doctoral research examines legal barriers to accessing medical...

  • Rosana Pacella

    Rosana is an Associate Professor and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), at the Queensland University of Technology. She currently leads a large health economics project to reveal the social and economic benefits of optimal wound care across Australia. She also provides health economics expertise...

  • Donna Berthelsen

    Donna Berthelsen is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Early Childhood. The outcomes of her research inform social and educational policy and practice. She is a developmental psychologist engaged in research that focuses on child outcomes in relation to family environments, early childhood education programs, early intervention and transition...

  • Emma Rees

    PhD Candidate and HDR Peer Group Coordinator

    Emma J Rees is an early career researcher and an experienced social work practitioner currently undertaking a PhD with QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work. With practical experience of engaging with vulnerable people to challenge the complex micro and macro structures that contribute to their oppression. Emma’s critical...

  • Elizabeth Dallaston

    Elizabeth Dallaston is an experienced research assistant in law and health and has worked in the QUT School of Law since 2016. Elizabeth has qualifications in political science and economics and is a current graduate Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student at QUT. Her research interests include health law, legal research methods, and...

  • Jennifer Fraser

    Jennifer Fraser has been Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Sydney since 2010. Her research activities support the relationship between research, policy and practice in paediatric and child health nursing. She studies ways to prevent child abuse and neglect, build capacity of health professionals to detect and respond...

  • Tracie Afifi

    Dr. Tracie Afifi is a Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Research Scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She is also an Associate Editor of Child Abuse & Neglect. Dr. Afifi’s primary research interests in the...

  • Danielle Gallegos

    Danielle is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and is the Director of the Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research. Her research focuses on real world “wicked” problems that require interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary solutions. The...


Our collaborators

We also collaborate with leading national and international experts.

Australian government departments and agencies  University partners  National and international agencies  Community bodies and NGOs 
Australian Department of Social Services University of Oxford World Health Organization Goodstart Childcare
Australian Department of Health University of Cambridge UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Creche and Kindergarten Association
Australian Department of Employment University of New Hampshire International Global Burden of Disease Collaboration Australian Childhood Foundation
State and Territory Departments of Education Johns Hopkins University American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Legal Aid Queensland
State and Territory Departments of Communities and Child Protection McGill University The Cochrane Collaboration Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
State and Territory Departments of Health Hanoi Medical University
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Consortium Advisory Group
Act for Kids
Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy OMEP – World Organization for Early Childhood Education Playgroup Australia
Australian Human Rights Commission (National Children’s Commissioner) University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research National Collaborating Center for Methods and Tools, Canada Offenders’ Aid and Rehabilitation Services of South Australia
Queensland Department of Education Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse
University of New South Wales, Sydney Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK
Education Queensland (Drug and alcohol curriculum development) University of Calgary Health Evidence, Canada Bravehearts Foundation
NSW Department of Education McMaster University The Cochrane Collaboration CADAMIC (Child Awareness Development and Management Initiative)
NSW Department of Communities and Justice Cardiff University Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health Families Foundation
NSW Ministry of Health University of Malaya Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Health and Wellbeing Queensland
Australian Council for Educational Research Education University of Hong Kong Queensland Corrective Services
University of Ottawa China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Harvard Unicef Latin America and Caribbean
Macquarie University Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association
University of Southern California Children’s Hospital Foundation
Universidad Indonesia Children’s Hospital Queensland
University of Washington Queensland Children’s Hospital and Health Service
Queensland Council of Social Services