Our Team

We are a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Turning Point (Monash University and Eastern Health). We have put together this website to help parents to manage some challenging issues they may face with their children, including alcohol and drug misuse, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. All our resources are based on systematic reviews of research evidence and the consensus of international experts in the field of parenting and youth mental health. The main aim of the website is to translate complex research evidence and clinical knowledge into practical resources that parents in the wider community can understand and use to protect their children from mental health problems.

Dr Marie Yap

Dr Marie Yap is a Senior Research Fellow and Psychologist at Monash University, and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has a longstanding interest in the importance of the family in children’s development, especially in terms of protecting young people from mental health problems.

Professor Tony Jorm

Professor Tony Jorm is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an NHMRC Australia Fellow. His research focuses on public knowledge and beliefs about mental illness, and particularly on interventions to improve the public’s helpfulness towards people developing mental illness.

Professor Dan Lubman

Professor Dan Lubman is Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University, and Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health. His research interests include early intervention and prevention of substance use disorders.

Other key contributors

Other key contributors to the development of Parenting Strategies: preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse include Dr Claire Kelly, who is the co-ordinator of the Youth Mental Health First Aid program; and Ms Siobhan Ryan and Ms Renée Bazley who are Research Assistants on this program.


Our Funding Sources

This work was supported by the National Health & Medical Research Council, VicHealth, and the University of Melbourne. It was also supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government. However, the views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of the Australian Government.


Our Logo

Our logo represents a parent and a child, highlighting the role of the parent as a protector and a major influence over the child. The arrows symbolise the ups and downs of life, parenting, and the parent-child relationship. Our vision is that the strategies we provide through this website will enable parents and their children to grow individually and together.