2021
Annual
Report

Meet our members

Chief Investigators

Professor Sue Bennett
  • Deputy Director and Connected Child Co-Leader
  • University of Wollongong
Professor Margot Brereton
  • Chief Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Dr Dylan Cliff
  • Chief Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Professor Susan Danby
  • Centre Director and Healthy Child Co-Leader
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Michael Dezuanni
  • Chief Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Lelia Green
  • Chief Investigator and Connected Child Co-Leader
  • Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Steven Howard
  • Chief Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Professor Daniel Johnson
  • Chief Investigator and Healthy Child Co-Leader (Acting)
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Lisa Kervin
  • Chief Investigator and Educated Child Co-Leader
  • University of Wollongong
Professor Tama Leaver
  • Chief Investigator
  • Curtin University
Associate Professor Karen Murcia
  • Chief Investigator
  • Curtin University
Professor Louise Paatsch
  • Chief Investigator
  • Deakin University
Dr Luci Pangrazio
  • Chief Investigator
  • Deakin University
Professor Julian Sefton-Green
  • Chief Investigator and Connected Child Co-Leader
  • Deakin University
Professor Simon Smith
  • Chief Investigator and Healthy Child Co-Leader
  • The University of Queensland
Dr Sally Staton
  • Chief Investigator
  • The University of Queensland
Professor Leon Straker
  • Chief Investigator and Healthy Child Co-Leader
  • Curtin University
Professor Karen Thorpe
  • Chief Investigator and Longitudinal Family Cohort Study Co-Leader
  • The University of Queensland
Associate Professor Sonia White
  • Chief Investigator and Healthy Child Co-Leader
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Annette Woods
  • Chief Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Peta Wyeth
  • Chief Investigator and Educated Child Co-Leader
  • Queensland University of Technology
Dr Juliana Zabatiero
  • Chief Investigator and Longitudinal Family Cohort Study Co-Leader
  • Curtin University

Associate Investigators

Associate Professor Crystal Abidin
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Associate Professor Diana Arabiat
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Lennie Barblett AM
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Professor Matthew Bellgard
  • Associate Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Dr Amber Beynon
  • Associate Investigator
  • Macquarie University
Barbara Biggins OAM CF
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Associate Professor Susan Blackley
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Fiona Boylan
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Dr Anna Bunn
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Associate Professor Amity Campbell
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Dr Christina Chalmers
  • Associate Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Dr Leesa Costello
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Christina Davidson
  • Associate Investigator
  • Charles Sturt University
Professor Susan Edwards
  • Associate Investigator
  • Australian Catholic University
Associate Professor Stuart Ekberg
  • Associate Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Associate Professor Courtenay Harris
  • Associate Investigator
  • Curtin University
Dr Sharon Horwood
  • Associate Investigator
  • Deakin University
Professor Mizuko (Mimi) Ito
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of California, United States
Dr Shantha Karthigesu
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
Associate Professor Jessica Mantei
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Dr Myrto Mavildi
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Troy Meston
  • Associate Investigator
  • Griffith University
Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Dr Maria Nicholas
  • Associate Investigator
  • Deakin University
Associate Professor Pauline Roberts
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Professor Andrew Rohl
  • Associate Investigator
Ros Sambell
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Professor Laura Schulz
  • Associate Investigator
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Dr Marnee Shay
  • Associate Investigator and Indigenous Advisor
  • The University of Queensland
Dr Nerida Spina
  • Associate Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Associate Professor Irina Verenikina
  • Associate Investigator
  • University of Wollongong
Professor Kerryann Walsh
  • Associate Investigator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Professor Lisa Whitehead
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University

Partner Investigators

Professor Ola Erstad
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • University of Oslo, Norway
Associate Professor Ann-Carita Evaldsson
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
Professor Rebecca Eynon
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Oxford Internet Institute and University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Kate Highfield
  • Partner Investigator (Industry)
  • Early Childhood Australia
Professor Hyeon-Seon Jeong
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea
Associate Professor Alexis Lauricella
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Erikson Institute - Technology in Early Childhood Center, United States
Associate Professor Margaret Leahy
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
Professor Sonia Livingstone
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Professor Jackie Marsh
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • University of Sheffield, England
Associate Professor Giovanna Mascheroni
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan, Italy
Professor Jessica Pandya
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • California State University Dominguez Hills, United States
Professor Yvonne Rogers
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • University College London, United Kingdom
Professor Elisabeth Staksrud
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • University of Oslo, Norway
Associate Professor Rebekah Willett
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
Associate Professor Bieke Zaman
  • Partner Investigator (International)
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Research Fellows

Dr Laetitia Coles
  • Research Fellow
  • The University of Queensland
Dr Emma Cooke
  • Research Fellow
  • The University of Queensland
Dr Sarah Healy
  • Research Fellow
  • Deakin University
Danica Hendry
  • Research Fellow
  • Curtin University
Dr Sandy Houen
  • Research Fellow
  • The University of Queensland
Dr Kelly Johnston
  • Research Fellow
  • University of Wollongong
Dr Kate Mannell
  • Research Fellow
  • Deakin University
Rebecca Ng
  • Research Fellow
  • University of Wollongong
Dr Kylie J. Stevenson
  • Research Fellow
  • Edith Cowan University
Dr Xinyu (Andy) Zhao
  • Research Fellow
  • Deakin University
Dr George Thomas
  • Research Fellow
  • Curtin University

Research Assistants

Dr Guy Healy
  • Research Assistant
  • Queensland University of Technology
Jennifer Irvine
  • Research Assistant
  • Edith Cowan University
Dr Carmen Jacques
  • Research Assistant
  • Edith Cowan University
Elizabeth Pink
  • Research Assistant
  • Queensland University of Technology

Students

Philippa Amery
  • PhD student
  • Queensland University of Technology
Natalie Day
  • PhD student
  • University of Wollongong
Gavin Duffy
  • PhD student
  • Deakin University
Katie Fielding
  • PhD student
  • Curtin University
Naomi Fillmore
  • PhD student
  • The University of Queensland
Rebecca Hood
  • PhD student
  • Curtin University
Lisa Kilgariff
  • PhD student
  • University of Wollongong
Katrin Langton
  • PhD student
  • Queensland University of Technology
Kate Lewis
  • PhD student
  • University of Wollongong
Anna Loeffler
  • PhD student
  • The University of Queensland
Kimberly Maslin
  • PhD student
  • Curtin University
Leyi (Lori) Ouyang
  • PhD student
  • Queensland University of Technology
Irina Silva
  • PhD student
  • Queensland University of Technology
Francesca Stocco
  • PhD student
  • Edith Cowan University
Emily Westwood
  • PhD student
  • The University of Queensland
Sinead Wilson
  • PhD student
  • Curtin University

Business Operations

Sandra Backstrom
  • Business Support Officer
  • Queensland University of Technology
Saima Beg
  • Business Support Officer
  • Curtin University
Carol Henderson
  • Business Manager
  • Queensland University of Technology
Viet Tho Le
  • Business Support Officer
  • Edith Cowan University
Lucy Bryce
  • Business Support Officer
  • The University of Queensland
Pernilla Miller
  • Centre Coordinator
  • Queensland University of Technology
Nhi Pham
  • Digital Communications Specialist
  • Queensland University of Technology
Clara Rivera
  • Business Support Officer
  • University of Wollongong
Lisa Walker
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Queensland University of Technology
Loretta Watson
  • Business Support Officer
  • Deakin University

Advisory Committee

Emeritus Professor Paul Chandler
  • Advisory Committee Member
Professor Barbara Comber OAM
  • Advisory Committee Member
  • University of South Australia
Taryn Marks
  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Former General Manager, AIME
Megan Mitchell AM
  • Advisory Committee Member

Alumni

Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
  • Associate Investigator
  • Edith Cowan University
Professor Catherine Beavis
  • Chief Investigator
  • Deakin University
Jane Bourne
  • Partner Investigator (Industry)
  • C&K (The Creche and Kindergarten Association)

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.