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Research Focus Area Head, Brain and Behaviour


Stephen Zubrick currently holds a Professorial appointment in the Centre for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia and is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Since 2000 he has chaired the Consortium Advisory Group for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and he is also a Member of the Steering Committee for the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. In 2014, he was one of nine Chief Investigators who lead and won the funding to create an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Lifecourse (The Life Course Centre) and is its Deputy Director.

In 2010 he received the Citizen of the Year Award for lifetime contributions to the children and young people of Western Australia, and in 2017 became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Medicine and Health Science and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Trained in the United States at the University of Michigan, Steve worked in Western Australian hospital and outpatient health and mental health settings for many years before commencing work in 1991 at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Steve holds several national and international competitive research grants and his research interests include the study of the social determinants of health and mental health in children, studies of the genetic and environmental determinants of language development, and large scale psychosocial survey work in non-Indigenous and Indigenous populations.

Over the past 20 years he has been instrumental in designing and implementing the leading Australian studies (national and state) of child and adolescent mental health. He is particularly interested in human capital and capability expansion in individuals and populations and the translation of research findings.