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About the 2000 Stories team

Principal Investigator

Professor George Patton

Group Leader Adolescents
Director of Adolescent Health Research

George has been extensively involved in child and adolescent mental health research. Apart from being the group leader in ’The Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study’, George has also been involved in large community surveys of adolescent health and was involved in one of the first global studies of mortality, disease burden and mental health risk for adolescents.

Areas of interest: Addiction, Anxiety, Behavioural Genetics, Depression, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Obesity, Mental Disorders, Adolescence


Project Managers

Rianna Chapman

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.

Elizabeth Spry

Liz is an investigator with 2000 Stories and currently manages the study publication straegy, data team and research collaborations. Liz has been working with the study since 2009, managing the tenth wave of interviews with our original participants in their mid-thirties and the perinatal phase of our intergenerational study. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children and their parents, with a special interest in understanding the intergenerational cycles of health. She is also undertaking her PhD, investigating the associations between maternal mental health and infant health and wellbeing. 



Data Manager

Stephanie Aarsman

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 Intergenertional Health Cohort Study 

Caroline Murphy

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.    



Data Collection Coordinator – Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study

Aaron Miatke

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.


Project Assistant

Maxine Gross

Maxine joined the 2000 Stories team in 2018 as a volunteer while undertaking her Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University. She is now a project assistant. Maxine is interested in developmental psychology, longitudinal studies and population mental health promotion.


Lilli Nonneman (Tracing Coordinator)

Lilli joined the 2000 Stories team in early 2019, after returning from maternity leave. Lilli is the VAHCS Tracing Coordinator, helping to find and reengage participants who have lost contact with the study over the past 27 years. She has completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Honours) and has a particular interest in social and emotional development, as well as intergenerational mental health.




Project Volunteers

Mackenzie Murphy 

Mackenzie started volunteering for 2000 stories in 2019 while completing her Honours degree in psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is currently conducting a research project in the field of cognitive neuroscience investigating confidence-based decision making and information-seeking behaviour. She also has an interest in developmental psychology and clinical neuropsychology.



Courtney Reinheimer 

Courtney started volunteering for 2000 Stories in 2019 whilst in her psychology Honours year; the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at Monash University. She is currently conducting research exploring the wellbeing of second-generation migrants in Australia. She is interested in longitudinal studies, migration and asylum seeker health and childhood development.




Research Administrator

Charmaine Sambathkumar





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 the Project Manager, Rianna Chapman, to express interest in these opportunities :

'2000 Stories Investigators and Collaborators'

Chief Investigators

Professor Craig Olsson

Elizabeth Spry 

Doctor Gabrielle Campbell

Doctor Gehan Roberts

Professor George Patton

Professor Jeremy Oats

Professor John Carlin

Doctor Julie Moschion

Professor Louise Howard

Profess Margarita Moreno-Betancur

Professor Melissa Wake

Professor Peter Butterworth

Doctor Paul Moran

Dr Rohan Borschmann

Associate Professor Stephanie Brown

Professor Louisa Degenhardt

Professor Wayne Hall

Dr Gehan Roberts

Associate Investigators

Adrian Kelly

Professor Allison Venn

Andrew Chanen

Andrew McKinnon

Dr Carolyn Coffey

Chung Kai Chang 

Professor Craig Olsson 

Emily Stockings

Doctor Gehan Roberts

Doctor Jeffrey Craig

Professor Jeremy Oats

Doctor Harriet Hiscock

Doctor Lex Doyle

Doctor Harriet Hiscock

Dr Helena Romaniuk

Professor John Carlin

Doctor Lex Doyle

Profesor Louisa Degenhardt

Professor Margarita Moreno-Betancur

Professor Melissa Wake 

Doctor Richard Saffery

Doctor Rohan Borschmann

Professor Sheena Reilly

Professor Stephanie Brown