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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 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 interveiws 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 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 and Masters of Biostatistics 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.



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.

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

Rebecca Powers

Rebecca started as a Project Assistatnw ith 2000 Stories in early 2018 with over 20 years of work experience behind her in design and advertising. Rebccca completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Honours) to start her new career in chld and adolescent health. Rebecca also works with the Chronic Illness Peer Suppor (ChIPS) program at the RCH. Her interest are in the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents.

Project Volunteers

Jessica Tyler

Jess started volunteering for 2000 stories in 2018 while completing her Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University. She has an interest in family research and is currently conducting a research project on the psychological wellbeing of Australian Twins as part of her studies.. 



Maxine Gross

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






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