About us

We’re a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise across public health, developmental, health and clinical psychology, exercise and nutrition, women’s and children’s health, ageing and dementia, media and communications, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, intervention mapping, evidence synthesis, and implementation science, including evaluation of intervention effectiveness.

This wide-ranging experience allows us to work together on health, social service and educational sector improvements that can be successfully translated to better health, social and developmental outcomes for children, young people, adults and families. The knowledge we generate is crucial to transforming policy across these sectors.

Industry and community partnership is integral to our success. We’ve led more than 50 industry research consultancy projects over the last five years, each of them involving embedding our research fellows, research assistants or PhD students within the partner group to counteract siloing. In so doing we lead theoretical and methodological rigour, capacity building and change across the research-industry partnership, as opposed to just delivering a final report.

The Team

Executive Team

Contact us

To contact us, please email our Business Manager at Tracy.VanDyke@monash.edu

Leaders of Industry Partnerships

Dr Darshini Ayton Lead, Baptcare Aged Care Industry Partnership
Dr Claire Blewitt Lead, Bestchance family Child Care and Alannah Madeline Foundation Industry Partnerships
Dr Tatiana Corrales Lead, Allambi Industry Partnership
Dr Rachael Green Lead, HEALing Matters, Department of Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), and Centre for Child and Family Welfare Industry Partnerships
Dr Briony Hill Lead, MacKillop Family Services and Good Shepherd Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum workplace portal Industry Partnerships
Jacynta Krakouer Lead, First People’s Health & Wellbeing Industry Partnership
Dr Heather Morris Lead, MacKillop Family Services Industry Partnership
Dr Mandy O’Connor Lead, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Relationships Australia Victoria and Good Shepherd Industry Partnerships
Dr Renee O’Donnell Lead, Baptcare Child and Family Services Industry Partnership

Research Fellows and Research Assistants

Julie Avery Working across MacKillop Family Services & South Australia Industry Partnerships
Dr Heidi Bergmeier Leading work in maternal and child lifestyle health across the first 2,000 days
Dr Danielle Berkovic Working across Baptcare Dementia Model of Care & Health Services projects
Dr Lauren Bruce Project Manager, MyCare Ageing randomised controlled trial
Dr Sarah Carmody Working across HEALing Matters industry Partnership
Dr Alex Chung Leading work in childhood lifestyle health, obesity prevention and the role of policy
Anna Crawford-Parker Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Samantha De Araugo Working across BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Emma Galvin Working across MacKillop Family Services & South Australia Industry Partnerships
Caitlyn Gourlay Working across BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Hannah Gulline Working across Health Services projects
Kostas Hatzikiriakidis Working across Baptcare, MacKillop, and HEALing Matters Industry Partnerships
Seonad Madden Working across the MacKillop Family Services and Good Shepherd Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum workplace portal Industry Partnerships
Catriona Parker Working across Health Services projects
Jess Permezel Working across CRE HiPP LGBTIQA+ (Centre of Research Excellence Health in Preconception & Pregnancy)
Dr Stephanie Pirotta Senior clinician and Research Fellow, BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Melissa Savaglio Working across Baptcare and MacKillop Industry Partnerships
Madelaine Smales Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Dr Sze-Ee Soh Associate Biostatistician
Yihan Sun Working across Our Place Voice of Children Industry Partnership
Ruby Tate Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Jacob Thomas Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Dr Tess Tsindos Working across Health Services projects & HSCU Short-Courses

Individual Collaborators of the Health and Social Care Unit

Click here to read about our individual collaborators.

Engagement Lead, Policy and Projects

Mitchell Bowden

Consumer Advocate Coordinator

Siarn Rakic

Media and Communications Advisors

Michelle Putt
Rebecca Krispin
Tia Haralabakos

PhD Students

Julie Avery (MacKillop Industry PhD Scholar)
Implementation and evaluation of a trauma responsive educational practice model for community services

Emma Galvin (MacKillop Industry PhD Scholar)
Implementation and evaluation of a trauma-informed practice model within a residential out-of-home care setting

Michelle Gooey (NHMRC PhD Scholar)
Bridging the gap: translating childhood obesity prevention policy into clinical practice

Haimanot Hailu (Monash University PhD Scholar)
Weight stigma against preconception, pregnant and postpartum women: A societal approach

Kostas Hatzikiriakidis (APA PhD Scholar)
Healthy Eating Active Living Matters (HEALing Matters): The Development of a Healthy Lifestyle Program for People with Disability in Cared Accommodation

Angie Jaman (Salvation Army Industry PhD Scholar)
The effectiveness of a psychologically informed environment in achieving outcomes in youth refuge

Pragya Kandel (APA PhD Scholar)
Motivation and readiness for lifestyle behaviour change in preconception women

Ann MacRae (Part-time PhD Scholar)
Trauma informed care in aged care services

Seonad Madden (University of Tasmania PhD Scholar)
A Workplace Digital Health Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Wellbeing for Women across the Reproductive Years: An Intervention Mapping Approach

Alex Mullins (GRiP Industry PhD Scholar)
The Utility of My Health Record in the Emergency Department

Judith Myers (Part-time PhD Scholar)
Confident and Understanding Parents (CUPs) – a child nutrition and active play intervention for vulnerable families

Catriona Parker (Monash University PhD Scholar)
The personal and financial burden of acute myeloid leukaemia

Melissa Savaglio (NHMRC PhD Scholar)
Developing a community-based psychosocial intervention for young people with mental illness

Madelaine Smales (APA PhD Scholar)
Understanding drug and alcohol use among young people within Out-of-Home Care

Andrea Tamblyn (APA PhD Scholar)
An intervention to optimise the physical early childhood education and care environment to support children’s social and emotional development