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Research Focus Area Head, Brain and Behaviour

FASSA, FAAMHS, MSc AM PhD

Stephen Zubrick is Head of the Brain and Behaviour Research Focus Area at Telethon Kids Institute, a role that includes oversight of four large Research Programs: Development and Education; Disability; Mental Health and Youth; and Population Health. Each of these Research Programs houses multiple Research Teams supporting approximately 140 staff and students. 

Professor 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. Trained in the United States at the University of Michigan he holds qualifications in clinical and neuropsychology as well as speech pathology and audiology. He 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.

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. Since 2000 has chaired the Consortium Advisory Group for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and 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.