About the 2000 Stories team

Principal Investigator

Professor George Patton

Group Leader Adolescents
Director of Adolescent Health Research
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 in child and adolescent mental health and policy change.

Elizabeth Spry
Liz is the Publications Manager for 2000 stories. Liz started working with 2000 stories in 2009 and has a strong background in research and project management. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children and their parents, with a special interest in understanding intergenerational cycles of health. Liz is also undertaking her PhD investigating the associations between maternal preconception, prenatal and postnatal mental health and infant health and wellbeing..



Project Manager (Maternity Leave)

Meaghan Maguire
Meaghan has worked with 2000 Stories as a project assistant since 2012 and in 2015 we welcomed her into the Project Manager role for the study. Meaghan completed a Master of Clinical Psychology from RMIT University and is a registered psychologist, working across research and clinical fields. Meaghan has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in a range of settings including hospitals, youth organisations, private clinics and university centres. Her areas of interests include high prevalence mental health disorders, rehabilitation, child development, and early intervention.



Data Analyst

Denise Becker
Denise joined 2000 Stories as a Data Analyst in March 2015.  She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Graduate Diploma of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, and is currently undertaking the Master of Biostatistics, also at the University of Melbourne.  She has worked as a Data Coordinator and Research Assistant on a number of projects at MCRI and is particularly interested in methods for analysing longitudinal data.


Project Assistant

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.                                      


Project Assistant

Caitlin Macmillan

Caitlin joined 2000 Stories as a Project Assistant in 2017. She has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honors) and a Master of Research in Health Systems and Populations. Her interests are in population health and health policy. Caitlin also engages in research relating to donor conception, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and eating disorders.

Project Assistant (Volunteer)

Karin QuadrosKarin began working with 2000 stories as a Volunteer in 2017 while completing her Graduate Diploma in Psycholgy at Monash University. Karin holds a degree in Business and IT and, after a number of years working in the IT industry, decided to pursue a career in research. She has a particular interest in neuropsychology, maternal mental health, as well as childhood and adolescent 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.

'2000 Stories Investigators and Collaborators'

Chief Investigators

Professor Craig Olsson

Professor Jeremy Oats

Dr Rohan Borschmann

Associate Professor Stephanie Brown

Professor John Carlin

Professor Louisa Degenhardt

Professor Wayne Hall

Professor Melissa Wake

Dr Gehan Roberts

Associate Investigators

Dr Carolyn Coffey

Dr Jeffrey Craig

Dr Lex Doyle

Dr Harriet Hiscock

Dr Helena Romaniuk

Dr Richard Saffery

Professor Alison Venn

Professor Sheena Reilly