Group photo of Matilda Centre staff, taken at Bronte Beach May 2022

Facts & figures

Our team

  • 30 Academic staff
  • 40 Research and professional staff
  • 16 Research students

Facts & figures


  • 20 University of Sydney
  • 32 External

Our people

The Matilda Centre's academic and professional team

Our talented team of researchers and professional staff undertake world-leading research in the areas of mental health and substance use disorders.

Our staff

  • Associate Professor Emma Barrett, Program lead in trauma and crime research
  • Dr Katrina Champion, Program lead in healthy lifestyles research
  • Dr Christina Marel, Program lead in treatment and translation in complex populations
  • Associate Professor Louise Mewton, Program lead in lifespan and brain health research
  • Associate Professor Lexine Stapinski, Program lead in intervention and implementation
  • Dr Emily Stockings, Program lead in smoking, vaping and mental health
  • Associate Professor Matthew Sunderland, Program lead in measurement and methodology
  • Dr Louise Thornton, Program lead in digital interventions and engagement
  • Sasha Bailey
  • Jasmin Bartlett
  • Julia Boyle
  • Zachary Bryant
  • Anamaria Buncuga
  • Jo Cassar
  • Chloe Conroy
  • Amarina Donohoe-Bales
  • Felicity Duong
  • Lyra Egan
  • Ainsley Furneax-Bate
  • Roberto Garruccio
  • Anna Grager
  • Melissa Gray
  • Tara Guckel
  • Logan Harvey
  • Annabelle Hawkins
  • Nicholas Hoy
  • Emily Hunter
  • Tariq Isaacs
  • Madeleine Keaveny
  • Ivana Kihas
  • Coleen Leung
  • Erin Madden
  • Karrah McCann
  • An Nguyen
  • Bridie Osman
  • Risha Premarajah
  • Julia Riches
  • Kate Ross
  • Kirsty Rowlinson
  • Amelia Russell
  • John Ryan
  • Jayden Sercombe
  • Scarlett Smout
  • Joshua Vescovi
  • Rachel Visontay
  • Matthew Watt
  • Virginia Winter
































Our students

You can also search for research student profiles in the Research students list A - Z.

Our members

  • Professor Steve Allsop, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • Professor Phil Batterham, Centre for Mental Health Research, the Australian National University
  • Assistant Professor Natalie Castellanos Ryan, School of Psychoeducation at University of Montreal, Researcher at the Research Centre of Sainte Justine Hospital and the Research Unit of Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment
  • Dr Mary Lou Chatterton, Deakin Health Economics, Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University
  • Professor Helen Christensen AO, Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Carla Kmett Danielson, National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dr Jennifer Debenham, PhD graduate of the Matilda Centre
  • Michelle Everett-Morgan, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS)
  • Dr Alana Fisher, eCentre Clinic, Macquarie University
  • Dr Miriam Forbes, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University
  • Professor Kevin Gournay, Emeritus Professor Kings College London
  • Paula Hanlon, Ryde Consumer Services
  • Professor Leanne Hides, National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, University of Queensland
  • Sara Hole, Parent and Community Member
  • Professor Jennie Hudson, Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Sally Hunt, Faculty of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Suzie Lavoie, Orygen, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Nicole Lee, 360Edge
  • Associate Professor Ashleigh Lin, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Associate Professor Carmel Loughland, Everymind
  • Associate Professor Nyanda McBride, EnAble Institute, Curtin University
  • Selina McGrath, Parent and Community Member
  • Vivienne Miller, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS)
  • Dr Belinda Parmenter, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Yael Perry, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Professor Alan Rosen AO, Sydney Medical School and The Mental Health Services (TheMHS)
  • Dr Joanne Ross, Centre for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Associate Professor Lindsay Squeglia, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Robert Stirling, Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies
  • Professor Paul Wallace, Health Innovation Network
  • Dr Aliza Werner-Seidler, Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Murat Yucel, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University





Professor Maree Teesson AC
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