Head, Early Years Systems Evidence and Tenders Support Unit
BA, BHlthSc(Hons), PhD
Associate Professor Yasmin Harman-Smith is the Head of Early Years Systems Evidence at Telethon Kids Institute. In this role, Yasmin works closely with policy makers and practitioners to design evaluations in partnership and inform systems that support children and families in the early years. Yasmin is also the Head of the Tenders Support Unit, leading the strategic coordination of high-quality contract research that is aligned with current policy and practice contexts and responsive to the needs of Government and non-Government agencies.
Yasmin sits on the National Child Community Health Council and is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Gowrie SA. Presently, Yasmin also manages national support services to AEDC Coordinators and the Australian Government Department of Education for the Australian Early Development Census program.
Yasmin has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Adelaide. Her honours and PhD research were in the area of child development, where she investigated the development of theory of mind in children with and without autism. She is currently completing a Masters of Primary Education. Yasmin’s areas of research expertise include developmental psychology, early childhood education, and parenting practices.