Developmental Psychologist, Social Scientist, Leading Public Health and Implementation Science Researcher, Mentor
Key Research Areas
Women’s and Children’s Health
Maternal and Childhood Obesity Prevention
Child and Family Welfare
Helen Skouteris is a Monash Warwick Professor in Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science, Head of the Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU), and Co-Lead of the Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Research and Implementation Science Division of School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Trained as a developmental psychologist, Helen is an internationally esteemed and arguably Australia’s leading maternal and childhood obesity researcher whose research spans preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, childhood and adolescence, with a focus on psychosocial and lifestyle health. She has vast expertise across “what matters” (systematic reviews, metanalyses, quantitative longitudinal research, and qualitative research), “what works” (randomised controlled trials) and “what translates” (implementation science), and she applies her strong methodological knowledge and skills across the health, human/community services and education sectors.
“Every child has the right to thrive and reach their potential”
Dr Helen Skouteris
Helen established and leads the Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU) team in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Her team includes 11 postdoctoral research fellows, 4 research assistants, and 12 PhD students.
Dr Briony Hill
Briony Hill holds an Honours degree in exercise science and a PhD in health psychology. She is currently a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation at Monash University.
Rachael works in the social care sector to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. She is currently managing the state-wide rollout of the HEALing Matters program in Victoria.
DR DARSHINI AYTON
Dr Darshini Ayton is a senior research fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is a mixed methods health services researcher with current projects in dementia, antimicrobial stewardship…
Her Seminal Work…
Helen has pioneered 4 ground breaking programs of research that have been supported by nationally competitive funding.
Her Current Projects…
In addition to these nationally funded projects, Helen is currently leading teams across 10 industry projects in collaboration with colleagues from health, social care and education. These projects are mostly focused on improving the health and developmental outcomes of our most socially disadvantaged children and families.
Helen’s Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science team work on health, social service and educational sector improvement that translates to better health, social and developmental outcomes for children, young people, adults and families and is crucial to transforming policy across these sectors. Research projects with industry partners include.
A program to support early childhood educators who care for children impacted by trauma.
Helen’s Journey And Family Tribute
Helen is the daughter of migrant parents who came to Australia from Greece in 1963. She and her sister were first in the family to go to University – her mother was educated to Grade 3 and her father to middle high school. Yet, their resilience as migrants and their dedication to family and unconditional work ethic has resulted in a successful marriage and a life removed from poverty.
A few words from Helen…
Like many thousands of people, my parents came to Australia for work and ultimately a better life. They left their families and the comfort and security of small rural villages with whatever they could carry in one suitcase. Whilst Australia was on the other side of the world, it offered opportunities not available to them in Greece.
In the early years, they made do with little possessions and worked hard to provide for us as children. They valued education as the means to prosperity and they did not hesitate to sacrifice everything to ensure my sister and I achieved the best possible education. For them education was about knowledge, not just about future earning capacity. It was about empowering us to be the best we could possibly be (as individuals and importantly as broader members of society).
My parents have always been immensely proud of the adults my sister and I have become. When I reflect on their life journey I am so proud of them, inspired by their courageous spirit, amazed by their determination and willpower and incredibly grateful to have been supported by them in my life’s journey every step of the way.
Dr Helen Skouteris
Academic Papers Published
Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU)
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Faculty Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
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