• Professor Olsson is a Developmental Psychologist with expertise in lifecourse epidemiology and human genetics. He completed his PhD at Melbourne University in Developmental Psychology in 2000. He maintains a longstanding association with the he Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, working there on a competitive fellowship track since 2000. Professor Olsson holds an Australian Research Council Principal Research Fellowship (Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award). He has secured competitive research grants totalling over $21 million and produced over 100 scientific publications. His work has been published in journals reflecting the highest quality in the field (Molecular Psychiatry IF=14.49 and The Lancet IF=39.20). He has an h-index of 26. His most influential paper has been cited over 600 times. He is Director of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, a Strategic Research Centre administered through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research (Deakin Research) and based within the School of Psychology at Deakin University. http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/seed He is Scientific Director of one of Australia’s oldest running longitudinal studies of child development, the Australian Temperament Project, which has been repeatedly funded by the ARC and NHMRC since 1982. The ATP has followed ~2000 parents (Generation 1: G1) and their offspring (Generation 2: G2) from infancy to 30 years (16-waves) since 1982. Generation 3 offspring have been followed since 2011. http://www3.aifs.gov.au/atp/ He is National Convenor of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Longitudinal Studies Network. Life-course studies sit within the Australiasian precinct and are some of the most well regarded long term cohort studies in the work. The network includes 35 Australian and New Zealand cohort studies involving over 70,000 participants, spanning 4 decades, and in some cases three generations. Research Interests Prof Olsson's primary rese   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2013: Australian Research Council “Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award”, Australian Government 2012: Award for Innovation, Faculty of Health Award, Deakin University Australia (internal award) 2010: Premier’s Excellence Award (Victorian Public Healthcare Awards) Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program, Royal Children’s Hospital. 2005: Award for Research Excellence in Psychiatric Genetics, Presented at the North American Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Gala Ball, New York. 2005: Education Foundation of America Investigator Award. 2004: Young Investigator Award, North American Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. 1999: Victorian Public Health Award for Excellence in Service Delivery Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program, Royal Children’s Hospital. 1988: Australian Citizen Award.    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • Psych, University of Melbourne 1992