Speakers 2018-02-06T15:51:02+00:00

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday 14th 8:45am – 5:00pm

Thursday 15th 8:45am – 5:00pm

Friday 16th 8:45am – 2:20pm

Welcome function – Wednesday 14th 6:30pm

Gala dinner – Thursday 15th 6:30pm

Dr. Kimberly Boller, a Mathematica Policy Research Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor for Learning and Innovation at the Early Learning Lab, has studied early childhood services and systems in more than 10 countries, including the effects of child care and early education, parenting programs, and policy on children and families. She contributes to the evidence base by studying the impact and implementation of programs designed to improve parent well-being, early childhood education professional development systems, family self-sufficiency, and child outcomes from infancy through early elementary school. Kim’s recent research in the United States includes measuring the cost of high quality early childhood education programs; describing Early Head Start and the children and families it serves; documenting home-based child care provider networks; and assessing supports for implementing home visiting to prevent child maltreatment.

For the Early Learning Lab, Kim leads identification and implementation of evidence-based, co-designed solutions for community challenges in improving early childhood outcomes and systems. By focusing on improvement and innovation using collaborative, rapid cycle methods, she provides support for new learning, capacity development, and continuous quality improvement. She also directed a learning collaborative in Tanzania piloting different preprimary quality improvement intervention strategies and assessing implementation and readiness for an impact evaluation. Kim recently served as a committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—Supporting the Parents of Young Children Consensus Study.

She holds a Ph.D. in developmental and cognitive psychology from Rutgers University.

Dr Sally Brinkman

Director, Fraser Mustard Centre

Associate Professor, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia

Associate Professor, University of Adelaide.

Sally is a social epidemiologist with the majority of her research focusing on societies’ impact on child development and life course trajectories. Sally is the Director of the Fraser Mustard Centre, an innovative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and the South Australia Department of Education and Child Development aimed to improve research translation.

Sally is well known for spearheading the use of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) in Australia, being the first to pilot the instrument outside of Canada. Sally continues to work across the country to help facilitate the use of the AEDC data in both research and strategic support roles, working with communities, service providers and governments.

Internationally, Sally consults to governments and donor organisations such as the World Bank and UNICEF, working with various measures of child development for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Sally has over 100 publications covering topics such as infant mouthing behaviours, child physical activity and nutrition levels, alcohol related violence, teenage pregnancy prevention, the mechanisms behind intergenerational poverty, how child development varies across communities, and the impact of socio economics and service integration on child development.

As such Sally brings locally, nationally and internationally recognised epidemiological skills particularly in relation to population monitoring of child development and education.  She has a commitment to practical, pragmatic and translatable research.

Dr. Brian K. Bumbarger is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith University Institute of Criminology (Queensland) and Adjunct Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University. He is Founding Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, a state-level intermediary. The EPISCenter supports the largest-ever dissemination of evidence-based programs and community collective impact coalitions, with over 300 sites, and has been cited nationally and internationally as an exemplar for bridging research, policy and practice.

Brian earned his Ph.D. in Criminology from Griffith University, M.Ed. in Youth and Family Extension Education and B.S. degree in Administration of Justice, both from Penn State University, and a graduate certificate in School Violence Prevention from the Harvard School of Public Health.

For over two decades Brian has conducted research and advised policymakers on dissemination, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based programs and practices to strengthen families and communities. Dr. Bumbarger has served on federal Expert Panels for the U.S Department of Education, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control, and Administration for Children and Families, and has provided consultation to governments of Canada, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, Cyprus, and Australia. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research, and was recipient of the Society’s 2014 Translational Science Award. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the National Prevention Science Coalition and the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, and is a founding member of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration.

Vaughan Carr is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Monash University. He has over 250 publications as peer reviewed articles, commentaries, books, book chapters and Government reports. Vaughan has conducted research in schizophrenia, depression, posttraumatic stress, child psychiatry, psychotherapy, substance abuse, health service evaluation and health economics. His research has spanned the disciplines of clinical science, cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics and epidemiology. He is also the Lead Investigator of the NSW Child Development Study, a longitudinal, intergenerational record linkage study of a cohort of 87,000 children aimed at identifying risk and protective factors for adult mental illness and related problems.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.

Executive Director, Early Years and Child Development,

Department of Education and Child Development (DECD)

Ann-Marie is working in the area of early childhood and support services to children and young people in the learning system in South Australia. This area policies programs and services are underpinned by the principle of proportionate universalism “

“…programs, services and policies that are universal, but with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level of disadvantage” … (Marmot 2010)

She has an extensive background in health and welfare services where she has worked in both acute and community based services with a strong focus on equity, health and wellbeing and the social determinants of health.

John Lynch is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is a Visiting Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol in the UK. He spent 20 years working in North America and before returning to Australia in 2009 he held professorial positions at the University of Michigan in the USA, and at McGill University in Canada.

He is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. In 2005 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Population Health. In 2007 his work in social epidemiology and public health was recognized with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Medical Science from the University of Copenhagen. In 2009 he was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Australia Fellowship. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

He has over 300 publications, and in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 he received Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researcher” status that places him in the top 1% of cited scientists internationally in his field.

In the last 5 years, he was Chief Investigator A or B on over $10 million in NHMRC competitive research funding. In total over that period, he was a Chief Investigator on successful competitive research grants worth over $22 million. He leads an NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence (2015-2020) called “EMPOWER: Health systems, disadvantage and child well-being.”

He currently serves on several international, national and local scientific advisory groups. He was an editor of the highly ranked International Journal of Epidemiology from 2005-16.

His research interests include
o child health and development
o social and health inequality
o pragmatic RCTs of early life interventions
o information systems to enhance evidence-based public health
o translational research to inform policy and improve practice

Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett is the Academic Director of the Early Years at the University of Wollongong. She has been a lecturer and researcher in Early Childhood for over 20 years. Cathrine has delivered workshops and invited addresses to parents, educators, corporations and government bodies both in Australia and overseas and has served on both State and Federal government advisory committees. Her research expertise and publications reflect a consistent interest in the nature of development from early childhood through to middle childhood. Cathrine’s current research projects focus on children’s self-regulation, quality early childhood education and care environments, and enhancing access to early childhood education and health services as well as promoting social inclusion in Indigenous communities. Since joining Early Start at the University of Wollongong, Dr Neilsen-Hewett has taken a senior role in key, large-scale intervention and evaluation projects focusing on educator knowledge, practices and experience. Together with Professor Siraj and Dr. Kingston, she has pioneered the delivery of Leadership for Learning professional development interventions that are currently the focus of multiple evaluations at both centre and child level. Cathrine is also involved in the evaluation of other structural initiatives that are designed to improve children’s learning and development outcomes in the early years context and is leading the Early Start practice strategy for the network of 41 engagement centres