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Our team

  • Senior management

    Professor Susan Sawyer

    CAH - Susan SawyerDirector, Centre for Adolescent Health

    Group Leader, Adolescent Health
    T: +61 3 9345 6457


    Professor George Patton

    CAH_George_PattonDirector of Adolescent Health Research

    Group Leader, Adolescent Health
    T: +61 3 9345 6457

    Professor Stuart Kinner

    CAH - Stuart KinnerProfessor of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Equity

    Group Leader, Justice Health

    Laura Griffith

    Laura_Griffith Personal assistant to Professors Sawyer and Patton
     T: +61 3 9345 6457


    Education and training

    The Centre for Adolescent Health, through the  Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, offers a range of online postgraduate courses. Visit the page for further information. 


    Anitra Wierenga
    T: +61 3 9345 6676 

    Helen D Administrator

      Helen D'Cruz 
     T: +61 39345 6671  


    Subject coordinators Dr Ani Wierenga

    • Andrea Krelle
    • Bern Murphy
    • Hennie Williams
    • Kristina Bennett
    • Lucy Holland
    • Dr Monika Raniti
    • Toni Lindsay


    CAH - Kristina Bennett Manager

      Kristina Bennett
     T: +61 3 9345 6535

    catherine_waters Administrator

      Catherine Waters                
     T: +61 3 9345 6536 

    2000 stories

    The 2000 Stories project is a landmark longitudinal study spanning almost 30 years. It is comprised of two studies, the original Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort (VAHCS) Study – which recruited 2000 year 9 students in 1992; and the Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study (VIHCS) study, which recruited children from the original participants. 

    Aaron Miatke 
    Aaron Miatke

    CAH - Carolina Murphy 
    Carolina Murphy

    Clare Noonan 

    Clare Noonan 


    Courtney O'Brien

    Elizabeth Spry 

    Elizabeth Spry

    Carrie Dorian 

    Carrie Dorian

    Esther Laurance Corcoran

    Esther Laurance Corcoran

    Hanafi Mohamad Husin  
    Hanafi Mohamad Husin

    Kumar Sivakumaran

    Kumar Sivakumaran


    Maxine Gross

      Melissa Middleton

    Melissa Middleton

    Nick McPhate

    Nick McPhate

    CAH - Rianna Chapman
    Rianna Chapman

    Sean McWhirter
    Sean McWhirter

    CAH - Steph Aarsman 
    Stephanie Aarsman

    Australian Temperament Project (ATP)

    The ATP is a three generation longitudinal study of social and emotional development that has followed over 2000 Young Australians and their families from infancy to adulthood over 15 waves since 1983 (Generation 1 and 2), and over 1000 offspring cohort offspring (Generation 3) since 2012.

    Aisling Geraghty

    Annette Hall

    CAH - Chris Greenwood 
    Chris Greenwood


    Craig Olsson


    Evelyn Tan 

    CAH - Kate Stephens 

    Kate Stephens 

    Peter F 

    Peter Fransquet 

    CAH - Primrose Letcher 

    Primrose Letcher

      CAH - Sophie Barker 

    Sophie Barker 

    Communities that Care Australia (CTC) / International Youth Development Study (IYDS)

    CTC is an evidence-based process implemented at the community level to reduce youth health and behaviour problems and promote healthy development. IYDS is a long-term study that began 2002, that looks at the development of healthy and problem behaviours among young people in the state of Victoria, Australia, and the state of Washington, United States.

    CAH - Amber Osborn 
    Amber Osborn

    CAH - Rachel Smith 
    Rachel Smith


    Global Health

    The world now has the largest group of young people there will ever be on the planet. How they grow during the adolescent years will affect not only their own health later in life but the contribution they will make to their societies in the future. Our studies describe these changing patterns of health and growth as countries undergo major transitions economically, nutritionally, demographically and epidemiologically. Visit the global health page to learn more.

    Cristina De Nicolas Izquierdo

    Ella Cehun

    CAH - Kate Francis 
    Kate Francis

    CAH - Molly O'Sullivan 
    Molly O'Sullivan

    Monika Fridgant 
    Monika Fridgant

    Monika Raniti

    Peter A 

    Peter Azzopardi

    Ruth Aston


    Justice Health

    Young people and adults who come into contact with the criminal justice system are among society’s most vulnerable. They are distinguished by a high prevalence of complex, co-occurring health problems, typically set against a backdrop of entrenched disadvantage. Visit the justice health page to learn more.

    Jesse Young 
    Jesse Young

    Kathryn Snow 
    Kathryn Snow


    Lucas Ferreira

    CAH - Melissa Willoughby 

    Melissa Willoughby

       CAH - Rohan Borschmann 

    Rohan Borschmann


    The Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (CATS)

    CATS is a unique longitudinal study following over 1200 children as they transition through puberty to adolescence and from primary school to secondary.

    Alicia Clifton 
    Alicia Clifton

    CAH-Elissa Phillips 
    Elissa Phillips

    Hanafi Mohamad Husin 
    Hanafi Mohamad Husin

    Ivy Craw 
    Ivy Craw

    Kate Coffey 
    Kate Coffey


    Lisa Mundy

      CAH - Louise Canterford

    Louise Canterford

      Paul Hockey

    Paul Hockey

    Nina Zanetti 

    Nina Zanetti 

    Honorary staff

    • Carolyn Coffey
    • Claire Burton
    • Claire Wilson
    • Danielle Pogos
    • Delyse Hutchinson
    • Elissa Kennedy
    • Felice Jacka
    • George Youssef
    • Holly Erskine
    • Ian Williams
    • Jacqui Macdonald
    • Jennifer Marino
    • Jennifer McIntosh
    • Jenny Proimos
    • Jesse Young
    • Jessica Heerde
    • John Toumbourou
    • Julian Simmons
    • Libby Hughes
    • Louisa Degenhardt
    • Michelle Telfer
    • Nick Allen
    • Nicola Reavley
    • Nola Firth
    • Sheryl Hemphill
    • Silja Kosola
    • Stephanie Plenty
    • Susan Skinner
    • Tracy Evans-Whipp

    Visiting scholars

    To see the full list, please visit the CAH International Fellows page.


    • Abigail Mutimer
    • Chantelle Meyers
    • Chris Greenwood
    • Ebony Biden
    • Elizabeth Spry
    • Farnaz Sabet
    • Joyce Cleary
    • Karly Cini
    • Kristel D'Rozario
    • Mariel McClure
    • Melissa Willoughby

    To see the full list, please visit the  CAH Student Project page.

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