Professor Gerry Redmond is a sociologist and social policy analyst. His research aims to focus the attention of advocates, policymakers and practitioners in health, education and community services on what young people themselves see as the challenges in their lives, and the supports that can help them overcome these challenges. He has led several projects funded by the Australian Research Council and other bodies, including the Australian Child Wellbeing Project. He leads the current Wellbeing in Adolescence project.
Pammi Raghavendra is an Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion, College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Pammi is a speech pathologist and her current research focuses on investigating the impact of mobile and internet technologies on communication, social networks and social participation of young people and adults with disabilities.
Professor Fiona Brooks (BA, PhD) is Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at UTS. She is a sociologist with international expertise in adolescent health. Her work challenges a deficit approach to young people’s health by examining protective health assets. She has undertaken research for WHO since 2008 on the international Health Behaviour in School Aged Children Study (HBSC) and she is CI on the NHMRC CRE for Adolescent Health.
Professor Colin MacDougall is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Flinders University with honorary positions at the Universities of Melbourne and Pokhara (Nepal). Colin misunderstood children’s books till age 14: confusing “good for nothing” with “philanthropist.” From unpromising beginnings, his Australian and international collaborations produced numerous publications and policy advice advancing children’s rights.
Dr Jennifer Skattebol, Dip Ed (EC), B.Ed., PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at SPRC, UNSW Sydney. Her research explores issues of economic inequality and how they are experienced by children and their families. She is primarily a qualitative and mixed method researcher grounded in the disciplines of education, sociology and social policy. Her methodological expertise is designing mixed method and qualitative research which captures the perspectives of children, young people and their families in contexts of disadvantage. She has worked extensively with government and non-government bodies on issues related to early years education, child and youth poverty and how service systems might better meet the needs of these young Australians and their families.
Gill Main is an Associate Professor of Childhood Studies at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on child poverty and social exclusion, with a particular emphasis on how children’s knowledge and perspectives can be incorporated into theorising, measuring and addressing these issues. She is interested in mixed methods and co-production in research with children, young people and families.
Sabera Turkmani completed her PhD in Public Health and is working as a research fellow and academic at the University of Technology Sydney. Sabera has experience in quality improvement and strengthening of health services. She has a keen interest in the area of public health with a focus on women’s health and gender equality through her work with national and international organisations.
Cathy Thomson BA (USyd), MA (UNSW), PhD (UNSW) is a research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney. Cathy has been involved in academic and applied research and program evaluations based on mixed methods and quasi-experimental design. Cathy specialises in research on the characteristics and processes of service systems that assist or prevent vulnerable population groups such as young people and carers accessing resources and support.
Anna Mooney BPsychSc (Hons) PhD, joined the Wellbeing in Adolescence research team in January 2020 as a research assistant. Her research background primarily involves applied theoretical concepts, development of psychological interventions, survey design and statistical analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
Joanna Wang PhD (USyd) is a senior lecturer in Statistics at the University of Technology Sydney. Before joining UTS, she worked as a research statistician at the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Her research interests include time series modelling in observational studies, nonresponse in survey data and statistical methods for evaluating policy programs.
Dr. Alexander O’Donnell has a PhD in Social Psychology and is currently a Research Associate at Flinders University undertaking work in adolescent development. His primary research focus has considered how the social and cultural context impacts the mental health and psychosocial development of marginalised adolescents. Specific factors investigated have been leisure time (e.g., organized sports, time online), peer relations, and other structural barriers (e.g., socioeconomic disadvantage). His other research interests include prejudice reduction strategies and refugee acculturation.