The Childhood Resilience Study Team

The Childhood Resilience Study is a research initiative of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Our group's vision is ‘health, wellbeing and equity for all mothers, children and families.’ We have a particular interest in ways that health services can work to improve health outcomes for socially isolated and/or disadvantaged women and families.

The Childhood Resilience Study team consists of:

Lead investigators

Professor Stephanie Brown is Head of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She is a maternal and perinatal epidemiologist with expertise in the conduct of large-scale epidemiological studies, and community-based participatory approaches to research involving socially disadvantaged and ‘hard to reach’ populations.

Dr Deirdre Gartland is Co-leader of the Intergenerational Health Stream in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She developed the first international measure of resilience in adolescence, which is now being used in over 10 countries, and has/is being translated into Dutch, Portuguese, Fillipino, Persian, Spanish, Urdu and Hindi.

Other Study Investigators

Dr Rebecca Giallo, Co-leader of the Intergenerational Health Stream in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Dr Elisha Riggs, Co-leader of the Refugee and Migrant Health Program in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Prof Helen Herrman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne; and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne. 

Dr Fiona Mensah, senior biostatistician at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Prof Kelsey Hegarty, Head of the Violence and Abuse Research Program at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, at the University of Melbourne

Dr Jane Yelland, Co-leader of the Refugee and Migrant Health Program, Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Ms Karen Glover, Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute 

Ms Amanda Mitchell, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Ms Selena White, Wadja Aboriginal Family Place, Royal Children’s Hospital

Ms Sharon Mongta, Wadja Aboriginal Family Place, Royal Children’s Hospital

Ms Sue Casey, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture

Mr Jo Szwarc, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture

Dr Georgia Paxton, Immigrant Health Service, Royal Children’s Hospital

Research Team

Ms Donna Weetra

Ms Roxanne Miller

Ms Tanya Koolmatrie

Ms Sumaiya Muyeen

Ms Rikki Wilson