BA (Hons) MA, PhD MAPS Cert Child Internet Safety (UCLAN) Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychologist
One of nine Directors of the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre, established in 2011.
When I was 10 years old, I was punched in the stomach in the playground by a year 12 boy while living in the United Kingdom. I spent three days in intensive care and no one came forward to identify the boy. Later in my life as a psychologist, I saw how bullying was a key driver of anxiety and depression and saw how serious the short, medium and long term impact of bullying could be.
I wrote my PhD on teenagers with cancer and founded CanTeen in 1984. I headed up the Coalition Against Tobacco Advertising and Promotion in New Zealand which resulted in the toughest anti-tobacco legislation in the world. I also developed the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne.
Belonging to NCAB and having a media profile, allows me to advocate for effective harm minimisation strategies and counter some of the prevailing myths that still remain in Australian society, such as bullying builds character.