Group Leader Adolescents
Director of Adolescent Health Research
George Patton is a Professorial Fellow in Adolescent Health Research at the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is a Senior Principal Research Fellow with Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). He has a clinical background in child and adolescent psychiatry and a research background in developmental epidemiology.
George has had extensive engagement globally around child and adolescent health, growth and development. He chaired the 2016 Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, has led two special Series in adolescent health for the Journal as well as publishing sentinel papers on adolescent mortality, burden of disease, the adolescent investment case and intergenerational risks. He has had earlier consultancy and advisory roles with the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID and the World Bank as well as scientific advisory roles with international groups including Peking University, Tokyo University and the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
He is a member of STAGE, the technical advisory group to WHO’s DG on Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition. George has also led long term Australian longitudinal studies on the mental health, growth and development of children and adolescents, including a prospective intergenerational cohort. His research extends to large scale early intervention, prevention and mental health promotion trials from primary-care, community and school platforms in both high resource and low resource settings.
Deputy Director (VIHCS)
Dr Liz Spry is an investigator and Deputy Director of VIHCS: The Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study, and manages the study publication strategy and collaborations. Liz has been working with the study since 2009, and managed the tenth wave of interviews with our original participants in their mid-thirties and the perinatal phase of our intergenerational study. She completed her PhD in Psychology in 2020. Liz’s work has a particular focus on intergenerational and life-course epidemiology, using natural experimental and statistical methods of causal inference to identify mechanisms involved in the intergenerational transmission of mental health. She aims to explore how parents’ developmental histories and life experience impact the resources they bring to parenting, and how best to promote positive mental health outcomes for parents and children.
Rianna is the Project Manager for 2000 Stories. Rianna started working with 2000 Stories in 2016, prior to which she had a wide variety of roles in children and adolescent research, including project and data management. With a background in psychology, Rianna has a particular interest in research methodology and producing high quality research to inform positive outcomes and policy change in child and adolescent mental health.
Data Collection Coordinator - Victorian Intergenertional Health Cohort Study
Caroline has worked with 2000 Stories as a project assistant since 2015, focusing currently on participant contact. Caroline has completed a Masters in Educational Psychology and a PhD in psychology and has worked in various research roles since graduating. Caroline has worked with infants, children and families within a number of different research projects. Her areas of interests include early intervention and child development.
Hanafi joined the 2000 Stories team as a biostatistician in February 2020. He is also involved in another longitudinal study, The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS). He has completed a Masters of Biostatistics from the University of Melbourne. He is interested in causal inference methods and analysis of longitudinal data.
Steph started working with 2000 Stories as a Data Manager in February 2018. She is currently completing a Master of Biostatistics at the Univesity of Melbourne. She is particularly interested in learning about methods involved in analysing longitudinal data. She also is passionate about childhood and adolescent development.
Data Collection Coordinator – Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study
Aaron has worked with 2000 stories since February 2019. He has a bachelor of human movement, and bachelor of health science (Honours). His previous research experience has been centred on physical activity, biomechanics and anthropometry. Aaron has an interest in time use and its relationship with health outcomes, as well as modifiable risk factors of non-communicable diseases.
Maxine works as the VAHCS Tracing Coordinator, but has also enjoyed helping out with the 8-year follow-up study as a project assistant. Maxine joined the 2000 Stories team in 2018 as a volunteer while undertaking her Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University. She has an interest in developmental psychology, longitudinal studies, epidemiology and population mental health.
Courtney joined the 2000 Stories team in July 2020 to assist with tracing, which she is experienced in from her time working on the International Youth Development Study (IYDS). She completed her Honours in psychology in 2019 and has also previously worked on the Minds@Play study at the University of Melbourne, as well as assisting other projects like Mental Health in Primary Schools and Be You. Courtney is particularly passionate about developmental psychology, neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health in young people, and is excited by the insight longitudinal research can bring to these areas.
Clare joined the 2000 stories team in 2019 as a project assistant. She has completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and will be working as a general psychologist from 2020. Clare has a passion for working with infants, children, adolescents, and families. She has a particular interest in infant mental health, as well as understanding intergenerational patterns of mental health and wellbeing.
Esther began working with the 2000 Stories team in 2019. Previously she has worked across a variety of social research projects including population health, rehabilitation, healthcare provider experiences and mental health. She has a Master of Criminology and a particular interest in research methods. Esther is passionate about being part of the research process that informs prevention programs and policy change.
Ali started working as a Project Assistant for the 2000 Stories in February 2021. She is currently undertaking an Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Melbourne, where she is working on a longitudinal study in behaviour change. Ali also volunteers as a Crisis Supporter with Lifeline and has a particular interest in mental health and the etiology of high prevalence mental health disorders.
Ebony is currently undertaking her PhD in Psychology with the Australian and New Zealand Intergenerational Cohort Consortium; working with both 2000 Stories and the Australian Temperament Project. Ebony’s thesis examines the developmental origins of social support prior to the start of family life. Ebony is investigating factors that strengthen adolescent and young adult socioemotional development, to ensure future parents and next generation children experience supportive environments. Ebony is passionate about lifecourse research, as well as science communication. She is looking forward to learning more about how we can work together to effectively disrupt intergenerational cycles of risk and promote positive psychosocial development within families.
The 2000 Stories team invites selected undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in relevant fields, such as social work and psychology, to be part of the study. Students are recruited from a range of universities across Melbourne, including the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and RMIT University. Please contact Caroline Murphy, to express interest in these opportunities: Carolina.Murphy@mcri.edu.au