The MHS Team

The Maternal Heath Study is a research initiative of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group. Our group's vision is ‘good health and humane care for all mothers and families.’ We have a particular interest in ways that health services can work to improve health outcomes for socially isolated and disadvantaged women and families.

The MHS team consists of:

Lead investigator

Associate 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 vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ populations.

Maternal Health Study Co-ordinators
  • Dr Deirdre Gartland (Study investigator)                                              
  • Dr Hannah Woolhouse (Study investigator)                                        
  • Dr Rebecca Giallo (Study investigator)
 
Maternal Health Study staff
 
Other Maternal Health Study Investigators
  • Prof Christine MacArthur is Professor of Maternal and Child Epidemiology in the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • Prof Jan Nicholson is Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professor of Transitions to contemporary parenthood at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
  • Prof Kelsey Hegarty leads the Violence and Abuse Research Program at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, at the University of Melbourne
  • Prof Helen Herrman is 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 is a biostatistician at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • A/Prof Harriet Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and Group Leader Community Health Services Research Group and Healthcare Innovation Group, at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • A/Prof Susan Donath is a senior biostatistician at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Prof Jane Gunn is head of department, inaugural Chair of Primary Care Research and Director of the Primary Care Research Unit at the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, at the University of Melbourne
  • Prof Sheena Reilly is Professor of Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne and Associate Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Prof George Patton is Professor of Adolescent Health Research, University of Melbourne, and Director of Research at the Centre for Adolescent Health, and the head of the Adolescent Health Research Group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Elizabeth Westrupp is a clinical psychologist and research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Dr Emma Scibberas is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Dr Louise Crowe has a PhD in neuropsychology and is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Dr Victoria Palmer is an applied ethicist and research fellow in the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne