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Jess Heerde

Senior Research Fellow
Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital
substance use
mental health
modifiable predictors of youth homelessness; prevention; early intervention
childhood trauma; exposure to violence; victimisation; quantitative research; qualitative research
developmental origins
modifiable predictors
and consequences of behaviour
social sciences
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Jess Heerde

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Lifecourse developmental psychology
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Jess Heerde


I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics (Melbourne Medical School), Research Fellow (Westpac Scholars Trust) and Honorary Research Fellow (Centre for Adolecent Health, Population Health Studies of Adolescents, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute).

My primary research focus is on youth homelessness. I investigate modifiable predictors of youth homelessness and associated problems and identify feasible targets for prevention, economic investment and policy reform.

More broadly, my research interests centre on promoting the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young people.

I have experience teaching in Victorian secondary schools, conducting life skills and mental health programs in the not-for-profit sector, and tutoring and lecturing in health promotion and public health in University settings. In the last decade, I have been conducting research, writing and consulting in the field of adolescent health, with a specialised focus on homelessness among young people, and its outcomes on health and social behaviour.

I have a strong passion for, and commitment to, leadership through my research and to improving the lives of young Australians and their families. I have a particular interest in the use of therapeutic dogs working in research with homeless young people. I am extremely committed to ensuring that my research is relevant to homeless youth and that my research findings are successfully disseminated and translated into practice and policy to benefit others. I am available to consult and collaborate on projects, and for media interview. I am available for RHD supervision.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Westpac Research Fellowship





Senior Research Fellow

Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital


Council to Homeless Persons

Member, Australian Research Alliance For Children And Youth

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Member, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Advisory Group

Westpac Scholars Trust Advisory Group


Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

Deakin University

Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion)

Deakin University

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)

Deakin University

Bachelor of Teaching

Deakin University