Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS)



We're really looking forward to catching up with you again in 2017! Keep an eye out on your email or postbox for all your CATS mail!

Latest News​

  • January 2017: Recent findings looking at the association between electronic media and emotional and behavioural problems have been published in Academic Pediatrics. The paper was featured on Channel 10 news and in several articles and podcasts. See our publications section for more info
  • December 2016: Lisa presented some interesting findings at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference in Sydney, looking at the associations between social media use and emotional problems
  • December 2016: We are excited to welcome Professor Russell Viner who will be visiting us at MCRI to share his wealth of knowledge and experience in adolescent health. Professor Viner is Professor in Adolescent Health at University College London Greater Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and one of the Chief Investigators on CATS
  • December 2016: Lisa presented "Preparing Students for the Transition to Secondary School" at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
  • November 2016: The Australian featured some iCATS findings in an article on parenting styles and their impact on physical wellbeing! See our publications page for more information
  • November 2016: The CATS road team conducted their last school visit on November 19th! We will now offer phone interviews for any participants that we couldn’t see at school. Let us know if you’d like a call! (03) 9345 6732
  • November 2016: Lisa conducted a Keynote session at the annual Home Economics Victoria Conference. The session highlighted the interplay of health and education, the onset of adolescence, and the transition from primary to secondary schooling
  • July 2016: The CATS team are now visiting some participants at high school! We are visiting schools where a large number of CATS participants attend. Stay tuned to find out if CATS is visiting your school!
  • June 2016: Our 2016 questionnaires have been sent out to all CATS students. We can’t wait to hear about their first year in high school!
  • June 2016: The CATS team would like to congratulate our Project Director Professor George Patton and the team of researchers from the University of Melbourne, University College London, London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Columbia University on the release of one of the most important works on adolescent health in recent years: “Our future: a Lancet commission on adolescent health and wellbeing”
  • May 2016: The CATS team is super excited to be launching our new facebook page! Please like our page to stay up to date with everything CATS!
  • May 2016: Dr Lisa Mundy, the CATS Project Manager, presented a poster and gave a talk at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting in Baltimore,USA! See here for more information!
  • March 2016: Our Project Director Professor George Patton was interviewed about CATS for the Weekend Australian Magazine in The Australian! Click here or check our publications page for the article.
  • January 2016: ANNOUNCEMENT! CATS is excited to announce that we are again planning to catch up with all of our famillies in 2016! This will be the first year of high school (grade 7) for our participating students. We are really excited to hear about how our participating students and famillies are going during this period of transition, and we wish you all the best for your start to high school! 
  • Nov 24th 2015: Three CATS and iCATS papers have been published this year! Check out our publications page for more info. 
  • Nov 12th-13th 2015: Our project manager, Lisa Mundy, presentated at the Australian Association of Adolescent Health conference. See here for more information! 
  • Nov 13th 2015: CATS reunion! All previous and current CATS team members got together recently to celebrate CATS getting to the end of primary school! This is a huge achievement and something we couldn't have achieved without everyone's contribution!  
  • Oct 2015: After receiving some funding from the Department of Education and Training, CATS will be completing an interview with our CATS schools around the strategies they adopt to facilitate a successful transition into high school. This is really exciting and novel work and something we're excited about embarking on here at CATS! 

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The Truth About CATS

Want to know what CATS is all about? In the video below, our special reporter Katy Rummage visits Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at The Royal Children's Hospital to find out the truth about CATS.

The Truth About CATS from The Royal Children's Hospital on Vimeo.

Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS) - A unique study of children approaching adolescence! 

The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS) is a longitudinal study of children in Melbourne as they move into high school and approach adolescence. This is the first study to look at a population sample of children with this focus! 

The main focus of the study is on health and emotional development in the middle years of school; looking at the experiences of children and their families, the changing social context as they move into secondary school, consequences this may have on academic outcomes and their reactions to biological changes of puberty.

CATS aims to improve our understanding of the many influences on the health and emotional adjustment of children as they approach their teens. Information collected as part of this large study will help to identify when and how to promote the best health and emotional adjustment in pre-teens.

We would love to hear from you - every bit of information is helpful. If you have any questions, email us at or call (03) 9345 6732.