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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Carrie is the Administration Assistant for 2000 Stories. Carrie joined the team in January 2020, and brings with her vast administration experience gained through various roles in corporate industry. She completed her Bachelor of Psychological Sciences degree in October 2019, and will undertake her Honours year in 2020
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 particularly interest in research methods. Esther is passionate about being part of the research process that informs prevention programs and policy change.
Kumar joined the 2000 stories team in late 2019 as a project assistant. Prior to this, Kumar has been involved in a number of other longitudinal studies, including the International Youth Development Study (IYDS), and the Young People Our Future study (YPOF). He is currently completing his Honours in Psychology at The University of Melbourne. His research interests include personality disorders, and the neurobiological underpinnings of mental health.
Prior to joining the 2000 Stories team in 2019, Sean has worked on a range of government research projects in population health, higher education, and early childhood development. While completing his honours year in psychology, he worked with the Child Neuropsychology group at MCRI as a volunteer research assistant for the Take CARe study. Sean has a passion for interview-based research, with key interests in men's health, psychological disorders, and the biopsychosocial model of health.
Since completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences Shae has worked as a research assistant on projects relating to physical activity and nutrition in special populations, looking at access to mental health services by families with children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues. Shae has previously worked with marginalised people in the community to assist with increasing their inclusion within society. She is interested in how early life experiences influence a persons’ life beyond their childhood years and the subsequent effect on intergenerational health outcomes, in particular mental health.
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: Rianna.Chapman@mcri.edu.au