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PROF Ann Sanson


  • Child health and well-being
  • Psychology (Mental Health)



  • Current Appointments
    Network Coordinator, ARACY ARC/NHMRC Research Network - Future Generation
    Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
    Principal Scientific Advisor, Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
    Fellow, Australian Psychological Society
    Associate Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
    Principal Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne

    External Reviewer for:
    Australian Journal of Psychology; Australian Psychologist (Guest Editor of 2 issues); British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Child Development; Development and Psychopathology; Developmental Psychology; International Journal of Behavioral Development; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Merrill Palmer Quarterly; Parenting: Science and Practice; Psychological Bulletin; Social Development.

    Assessor for:
    Australian Research Council
    National Health and Medical Research Council
    Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation
    Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
    Health Research Council of New Zealand
    Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation of South Australia
    Commonwealth Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services
    Australian Twin Registry



Member of

  • Australasian Human Development Association. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Fellow 2008 -
  • International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Pscyhopathology. Member 2008 -
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development. Member 2008 -
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility, USA. Member 2008 -
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Member 2008 -
  • Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria. Registered Psychologist 1999 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information


    2010-2012 NHMRC: (Sanson, Olsson, TBA) - Comparison of health and development of young adults born with and without assisted conception. ($457,200).
    2009-2014 ARC Linkage: Sanson, Shaw, Gold, Hiscock, Bayer, Wake & Ukoumunne - Preventing mental health problems in children: a population-based cluster controlled trial. ($316,027).
    2009-2014 ARC Linkage: Tayler, Thorpe, Griffin, Adams, Siraj-Blatchford, Waters, Cleveland, Ishimine, Gilley, Sanson, Oberklaid, Luxford, Dungan - Assessing the effectiveness of early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs in Australian communities. ($2,209,843)
    2009-2011 ARC Discovery: Sanson & Olsson - Investigating positive developmental transitions in emerging adulthood within the Australian Temperament Project cohort: Models, temporal patterns and predictors. ($390,000)
    2008-2009 Australian Health Management: Patton, Carlin, Coffey, Olsson, Saffery, Sanson, Zubrick, Silburn, Sloane, Stanley, Toumbourou, Bond & Catalano - Using Australia’s Longitudinal Study Resources to Understand the Origins and Consequences of Child and Adolescent of Mental Disorders ($501,490)
    2008-2012 ARC Discovery: Zubrick, Silburn, Trewin, Sanson, Louden & Lawrence - Measuring and modelling the childhood determinants of human capital formation and human capability expansion ($688,259)



Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1985
  • MBSc, La Trobe University 1979
  • BA, The University of Western Australia 1969