In 2008 I started working as the personal assistant to Prof Matt Sanders – Founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and Director of UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre. Triple P is a great example of a UQ success story, based in the School of Psychology, that is having a positive impact on millions of families around the world.
In 2015, UQ established a dedicated ‘Triple P Innovation Precinct’ to capitalise on almost 4 decades of research UQ has invested into this area. A focal point of the innovation precinct is for Triple P researchers to work alongside experts from different disciplines (such as engineering, marine biology, economics) to find solutions for some major global issues like poverty alleviation, food security, and protecting the coral reefs of the world.
I now Head the Triple P Innovation Precinct and help contribute to the goal of ensuring that UQ remains a world leader with evidence-based parenting and family research. My role sees me collaborating with leading institutions and researchers around the world, securing funding from philanthropists to support innovative research projects, enabling policy linkages with governments to help our work reach as many families as possible, and overseeing international conferences and events that bring together people who are committed to using the science of psychology to benefit people all around the world.