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Senior Research Officer

BPsych(Hons), PhD


Alanna is a Senior Research Officer at the Telethon Kids Institute. Her research takes a population health approach to ensuring all children are supported to reach their developmental potential.

Since joining the Institute in 2013, Alanna has worked across a range of projects in Australia and internationally, spanning early childhood education, population monitoring of children’s development, child and adolescent wellbeing, stunting and school feeding interventions, early years pedagogy, school readiness assessment, parenting interventions, as well as health and development among children with a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and children experiencing disability or complex needs.

Completed in 2022, Alanna’s PhD research sought to improve population measurement and monitoring of children's early development in low- and middle-income countries. Her project focused on the early Human Capability Index, capturing holistic early child development across diverse cultures. Alanna coordinated adaptation of instrumentation to local context, in country training and data collection, and analysis and reporting on data into scientific outputs and policy briefs, leading to significantly greater investments in child health and development in these countries.

Internationally, Alanna consults for the World Bank, working with global teams on the design, implementation, and impact evaluation of child health, development, and education interventions in low- and middle-income countries. An example is the Early Childhood Education Project in Lao PDR, a large-scale clustered randomised controlled trial supporting expansion of quality early education to improve children’s development across the country.

Alanna brings expertise in research design, program evaluation, evidence synthesis, cross-cultural research, psychometric assessment of measurement instruments, and research translation to inform policy. She sits on the Public Health Association of Australia SA Branch Executive Committee and the International Health committee, demonstrating her commitment to public health advocacy. Alanna is passionate about student mentoring and is available for supervision of postgraduate students.