MS Sophie Barker

MS Sophie Barker


  • (Child development)
  • (Intergenerational health)
  • (Longitudinal studies)
  • Public health and health policy



  • Sophie is the Project Manager for the Australian Temperament Project Generation 3 Study (ATP Gen3), a 36-year, three generation, longitudinal study of psycho-social health and development ( She is also the Project Coordinator for the Comprehensive Monitoring project (CMP), a Victorian-based, translational public health implementation trial stemming from the ATP Gen3 and other socio-emotional research findings ( Sophie holds a Master of Public Health (foci including health policy and health program evaluation) and has an undergraduate background in psychology and criminology. Sophie has particular expertise in the implementation and management of longitudinal, epidemiological cohort studies and large-scale, population-level data collection that requires significant community and stakeholder engagement. She has a keen interest in social determinants of health, socio-emotional and behavioural development, and genuine community engagement to achieve effective research translation into policy and practice to improve population health outcomes. With nearly two decades of experience working with children, parents, teachers and service providers, experience across three high-profile longitudinal studies at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, and a passion for healthy families and communities, Sophie plays a key role in the leadership of these two flagship projects (ATP Gen3 & CMP).   


Member of

  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Member, Longitudinal Studies Network 2015 -
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Research Associate, Centre for Adolescent Health 2010 -


Education and training

  • MPH, University of Melbourne 2018
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2010
  • BA&Sc, University of Melbourne 2009

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Honours - Highest academic performance, Master of Public Health 2018, University of Melbourne, 2019
  • Dean's Honours List in Bachelor of Arts and Sciences - First Year, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Dean's Prize in Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne, 2005