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About the Parenting and Family Support Centre

The Parenting and Family Support Centre (PFSC) was established in 1996 as a specialist family intervention research and training facility within the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland.

Our mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of families and children by conducting research and training, and by providing clinical services based on scientifically validated methods of family intervention.

The primary aim of the PFSC is to prevent behavioural and emotional problems in children by enhancing the skills and confidence of parents and by addressing family risk factors known to contribute to adverse developmental outcomes in children. The PFSC's primary research and clinical activities revolve around its Triple P - Positive Parenting Program.

PFSC research activities establish the scientific basis of all aspects of Triple P intervention and dissemination, including rigorous evaluation of new program variants. The PFSC collaborates with research groups around the world, remains informed of research developments elsewhere, and disseminates research findings from current PFSC projects internationally. This process ensures that Triple P continues to evolve, responds to data about the impact of the intervention and incorporates new knowledge about how to best assist families.

The PFSC also operates the Child and Family Psychology Clinic, a demonstration community service and training facility for practitioners and postgraduate students. This clinic offers both individual and group programs for parents at the PFSC as well as seminars and group programs run in community organisations, kindergartens, schools and private sector organisations.

Another focus of the PFSC is to contribute to policy development that may affect the family. This is achieved by consultation with government ministers and policy advisers, and by dissemination of research findings. PFSC staff members are active in national and state professional associations, serving on editorial boards for journals, grant review committees and policy forming bodies.

The PFSC also receives many requests from the media for commentary on psychological and social issues. Staff members frequently comment on topics of general community interest, and the activities of the centre have been the subject of many current affairs programs, newspaper and magazine articles. This media liaison helps to inform the public about psychological issues.

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Phone:
+617 3365 7290
Fax:
+617 3365 6724
Location
SS-S226
Postal Address:

Parenting and Family Support Centre School of Psychology The University of Queensland Brisbane QL

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Parenting and Family Support Centre Staff

Director

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Room:
s226A
Phone:
+61 7 3365 3066
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Deputy Director - Program Development

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Room:
S219
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7306
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Deputy Director - Research

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Room:
S217
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7304
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Head of International Research Development

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Room:
S215
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6163
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Head of Curriculum Development

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Room:
S216
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7303
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Assistant to the Director

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Room:
S220
Phone:
+61 7 3365 3066
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Media and Communication Advisor

Room:
S222
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6207
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Child and Family Psychology Clinic Manager and Intern Manager

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Room:
S218
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7305
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Child and Family Psychology Clinic Consultant Psychologists

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Room:
S218
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7305
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Room:
S218
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7305
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Clinic Support Staff

Administrative Officer

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Room:
S226B
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7290
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Business Development Manager

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Room:
S220
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7553
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Research Fellows

Head of Disability Research

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Room:
MC-402
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6411
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Head of Research on Families and Anxiety

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Room:
MC-411
Phone:
+61 7 3346 9911
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General Research Fellows

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Room:
S215
Phone:
+ 61 7 3346 7814
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
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Room:
S218
Phone:
+61 7 3346 1202
Email:
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Room:
Perinatal Research Centre - Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Phone:
+61 7 3646 2349
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Honorary Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Research Staff

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Room:
S219
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7306
Email:
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Room:
S216
Phone:
+61 7 3365 7303
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Room:
S222
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6207
Email:
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Room:
MC - 233
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6017
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Triple P Innovation Precinct

Head, Triple P Innovation Precinct

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Room:
S12, Seddon South Building 82A
Phone:
+ 61 7 3346 8743
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Triple P Innovation Precinct Team

Executive Officer

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Room:
S12, Seddon South Building 82A
Phone:
+61 7 3346 8743
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Innovation Engagement Manager

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Room:
S12, Seddon South Building 82A
Phone:
+61 7 3365 3063
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Research and Innovation officer

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Room:
Seddon Building A, Room S12
Phone:
0733653064
Email:

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

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Phone:
+61 7 3365 7303
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Postgraduate Students

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Room:
Social Sciences Building s327, School of Psychology
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
Email:
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3365 8870
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Room:
S322
Phone:
+61 7 3103 3395
Email:
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
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Room:
Level 6 Ned Hanlon Building, RWBH
Phone:
+61 7 3646 5111
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
Email:
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Room:
Level 6 Ned Hanlon Building, RBWH
Phone:
+61 7 3646 1655
Email:
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+ 61 7 3346 7689
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
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Room:
S327
Phone:
(07) 3365 8870
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Room:
s327
Phone:
(07) 3365 8870
Email:
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Room:
S327
Phone:
+61 7 3346 7689
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Research Assistants

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Room:
S222
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6207
Email:
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Room:
MC - 233
Phone:
+61 7 3365 6499
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Parenting and Family Support Centre Latest News

The TPIP Scholarship now live!

The TPIP Scholarship now live!

UQ is offering four few fully-funded scholarships to the value of $25,849 per annum (2015 rate) in stipend
Work mums: Do boys suffer more?

Work mums: Do boys suffer more?

A new study suggesting boys may suffer more than girls when their mums return to work has been challenged
The 'Big Talk'

The 'Big Talk'

A new study is looking at how to help parents communicate more comfortably with their children about sex.
Evidence for Triple P grows

Evidence for Triple P grows

At last count, 776 researchers from 244 research organisations have contributed to 588 papers on Triple P
Changing the system

Changing the system

A former US Family Services director says a focus on child welfare outcomes has made a difference
Parents need to let go

Parents need to let go

Sunday Mail writer Kylie Lang interviewed Triple P founder Professor Matthew Sanders for her touching column

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Parenting and Family Support Centre Current Events

Helping Families Change Conference

Helping Families Change Conference

Finished
Every family: Enhancing outcomes for vulnerable children, families, and communities.
The Triple P Seminar Series

The Triple P Seminar Series

Finished
The schedule for the Triple P Seminar Series for 2011 has been announced.
PFSC Seminar Series 2010

PFSC Seminar Series 2010

Finished
Stepping Stones PPP plus an acceptance and commitment therapy adjunct for parents of children with TBI.
PFSC Seminar Series 2010

PFSC Seminar Series 2010

Finished
Michelle Adamson from the PFSC presents 'Fuss Free Mealtimes Triple P'
Primary Care Stepping Stones

Primary Care Stepping Stones

Finished
Primary Care Stepping Stones Triple P has been designed for parents of children with a disability.
Triple P Groups for Parents

Triple P Groups for Parents

Finished
The Child and Family Psychology Clinic runs Triple P parenting groups at different times throughout the...

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Parenting and Family Support Centre Media

Professor Matt Sanders discusses how Triple P is more than a program, it is a system of interventions.

The Triple P System

Professor Matt Sanders discusses how Triple P is more than a program, it is a system of interventions.

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Publications from the Parenting and Family Support Centre

Randomised clinical trial of a family-based lifestyle intervention for childhood obesity

Authors:
West, F., Sanders, M.R., Cleghorn, G.J., & Savies, P.S.W.
Journal:
Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2010, 48, 1170-1179. (2010)

Population-based provider engagement in delivery of evidenced-based parenting interventions: Challenges and solutions.

Authors:
Shapiro, C., Prinz, R.J., & Sanders, M.R.
Journal:
Journal of Primary Prevention, 2010, 31, 223-234.

Creating conditions for success beyond the professional training environment.

Authors:
Sanders, M.R., & Murphy-Brennan, M.
Journal:
Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, 2010, 17, 31-35.

Consumer involvement and population bsaed parenting interventions

Authors:
Sanders, M.R., & Kirby, J.N.
Journal:
Administration, 2010, 33(2), 33-50.

What are the parenting experiences of fathers?

Authors:
Sanders, M.R., Dittman, C.K., Keown, L.J., Farruggia, S., & Rose, D.
Journal:
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2010, 41(5), 562-569.

Reducing preschoolers' disruptive behaviour in public with a brief parent discussion group

Authors:
Joachim, S., Sanders, M.R., & Turner, K.M.T.
Journal:
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2010, 41(1), 47-60

Investigation of the effectiveness and social validity of the Triple P Positive Parenting Prorgam in Japanese Society

Authors:
Matsumoto, Y., Sofronoff, K., & Sanders, M.R.
Journal:
Journal of Family Psychology, 2010, 24(1), 87-91

Adopting a public health approach to the delivery of evidence-based parenting interventions

Authors:
Sanders M.R.
Journal:
Canadian Psychology, 2010, 52(1), 17-23.

An analysis of training, generalization, and maintenance effects of Primary Care Triple P for preschool-aged children

Authors:
Boyle, C.L., Sanders, M.R., Luzker, J.R., Prinz, R.J., Shapiro, C., & Whitaker, D.J.
Journal:
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2010, 41, 114-131

Attributions, parental anger and risk of maltreatment

Authors:
Pidgeon, A.M., & Sanders, M.R.
Journal:
International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 2009, 2(1), 57-69.

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Featured Researchers at the Parenting and Family Support Centre

Ania Filus

Ania Filus

Dr Ania Filus researches way to improve life outcomes for refugee children
Cynthia Turner

Cynthia Turner

Dr Cynthia Turner investigates OCD in children and adolescents
Kylie Burke

Kylie Burke

Supporting parents of children and adolescents with life- threatening illness
Alina Morawska

Alina Morawska

Dr Alina Morawska is investigating the role of parenting in childhood chronic illness.
Karen Turner

Karen Turner

Dr Karen Turner is listening to the stories of Indigenous families.
Matthew Sanders

Matthew Sanders

Professor Matthew Sanders is trying to help parents with raising children.
Kate Sofronoff

Kate Sofronoff

Dr Kate Sofronoff is finding out the best ways to support children with Autism.

Featured Projects at the Parenting and Family Support Centre

Teen Conflict

Teen Conflict

Reducing Conflict with Teens
Family Transitions Triple P Workshop

Family Transitions Triple P Workshop

Are you a newly separated parent and concerned about how to maintain a good parenting relationship with your child?
Hassle Free Mealtimes

Hassle Free Mealtimes

A brief program to help make mealtimes hassle-free
Baby Triple P

Baby Triple P

Helping new parents prepare for the transition to parenthood
Triple P in Africa

Triple P in Africa

Divna Haslam introduces Triple P to parents in Kenya
Stepping Stones Triple P

Stepping Stones Triple P

Raising the importance of early intervention to help young people with disabilities
Positive Parenting for Healthy Living: Lifestyle Seminars

Positive Parenting for Healthy Living: Lifestyle Seminars

Do you want to encourage your family to live a healthy lifestyle?
Triple P Online

Triple P Online

Parenting support now one click away.

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