Staff profile - Craig Olsson

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Prof Craig Olsson

Position: Professor
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78428 +61 3 522 78428
Email: craig.olsson@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Professor Olsson is a Developmental Psychologist with expertise in lifecourse epidemiology and human genetics. He completed his PhD at Melbourne University in Developmental Psychology in 2000. He maintains a longstanding association with the he Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, working there on a competitive fellowship track since 2000.

Professor Olsson holds an Australian Research Council Principal Research Fellowship (Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award), the first awarded to a Deakin staff member. He has secured competitive research grants totalling over $21 million, produced over 100 scientific publications. His work has been published in journals reflecting the highest quality in the field (Molecular Psychiatry IF=14.49 and The Lancet IF=39.20) www.researchgate.net/profile/Craig_Olsson/publications. He has a h-index of 26. His most influential paper has been cited over 600 times.

He is Director of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, a Strategic Research Centre administered through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research (Deakin Research) and based within the School of Psychology at Deakin University www.deakin.edu.au/research/seed

He is Scientific Director of one of Australia’s oldest running longitudinal studies of child development, the Australian Temperament Project, which has been repeatedly funded by the ARC and NHMRC since 1982. The ATP has followed ~2000 parents (Generation 1: G1) and their offspring (Generation 2: G2) from infancy to 30 years (16-waves) since 1982. Generation 3 offspring have been followed since 2011 www3.aifs.gov.au/atp/.

He is National Convenor of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Longitudinal Studies Network. Life-course studies sit within the Australiasian precinct and are some of the most well regarded long term cohort studies in the work. The network includes 35 Australian and New Zealand cohort studies involving over 70,000 participants, spanning 4 decades, and in some cases three generations. 


Biography summary

Professor Craig Olsson holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) Principal Research Fellowship and is Professor/Director of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, School of Psychology, Deakin University. He is a Developmental Psychologist with expertise in lifecourse epidemiology and human genetics, Scientific Director of one of Australia’s oldest running longitudinal studies of child development, The Australian Temperament Project  and National Convenor of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Longitudinal Studies Network. He is a 2013 recipient of an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2015


Career highlights

Professor Olsson's early work in the area of psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness has been recognised with a Victorian Public Health Award for Excellence in Service Delivery (1999) and a Premier’s Excellence Award (Victorian Public Healthcare Awards) in 2010. In 2004 he was awarded a competitive research fellowship  from the North American Alliance for Depression and Schizophrenia Research (NARSAD) for his work on gene-environment interactions in mental disorder. In 2005 this work was subsequently recognized in an Award for Research Excellence in Psychiatric Genetics (NARSAD, New York), and a second award from the Education Foundation of America Investigator Award. Most recently, in 2013, he was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award for his work following offspring of the Australian Temperament Project and in 2014 he bacame Director of the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development.


Affiliations

Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital.

Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia

The Telethon Kids, University of Western Australia, Perth Australia


Personal website

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Craig_Olsson/publications

Academic

Teaching Interests

Professor Olsson has been appointed in a Research Intensive role within the School of Psychology. He focuses on supervision of research students: PhD, Doctoral, Masters, and fourth year students.


Knowledge areas

Epidemiology, Genetics, Prevention, Psychology, Public Health


Student supervision

Primary Supervisor

5 PhD students

Co-Supervisor

2 PhD students

Associate Supervisor

3 PhD students

2 D Psych students


Awards

Awards and prizes

2013: Australian Research Council “Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award”, Australian Government

2012: Award for Innovation, Faculty of Health Award, Deakin University Australia (internal award)

2010: Premier’s Excellence Award (Victorian Public Healthcare Awards)
Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program, Royal Children’s Hospital.

2005: Award for Research Excellence in Psychiatric Genetics, Presented at the North American Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Gala Ball, New York.

2005: Education Foundation of America Investigator Award

2004: Young Investigator Award, North American Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

1999: Victorian Public Health Award for Excellence in Service Delivery Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program, Royal Children’s Hospital.

1988: Australian Citizen Award.


Research

Research projects

Chief Investigator

  • The Australian Temperament Project: A 30 year, 3 generation birth cohort study of social and emotional development 
  • The Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study: A 20 year, 2 generation adolescent cohrot study of mental disorder.
  • The Triple B Cohort Study: An intensive study of development across pregnancy and the first year of life.
  • The Vulnerable Brain Project: A study of the effects of maternal mental disorder on fetal development and infant attachment.
  • The Wellness through Integrated Learning and Development (WILD) Trial (Chief Investigator): A randomised controlled trial evaluation of the effect of contact with nature on adolescent wellbeing.

National Convenorship

  • The ARACY Longitudinal Studies Network: A National consoritum of 35 Australian and New Zealand cohort studies involving over 70,000 participants, spanning 4 decades.

Associate Investigator

  • The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health Study (New Zealand)
  • The Western Australian Pregnancy Study (Raine)
  • The International Youth Development Study (Melbourne, Seattle)
  • The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Cannabis Consortium (Sydney)
  • The Norwegian HUNT study


Research interests

Prof Olsson's primary research focus is on reducing burden of disease due to mental and behavioural disorders through enhancing preventive intervention. He specialises in longitudinal studies of child and adolescent development and has expertise in developmental psychology, epidemiology and human genetics. His research addresses two related questions: (1) how social and genetic processes (both within and across generations) act to shape individual differences in sensitivity to life events, and (2) how insights into individual differences in sensitivity can be used to ensure optimal targeting of at-risk groups and the best alignment of resources for effective prevention. He has a strong interest in promoting student knowledge and use of longitudinal data resources within the ARACY Longitudinal Studies Network (for which he is National Convener). He would welcome any enquiries from students interested in the aetiology of common mental health problems with the aim of informing new approaches to designing effective preventive intervention.


Research grants

Total Research Grants 1996-2016 $21,321,011

2016

Deakin Strategic Research Centre (SEED) (3 yrs). $2.1M

ARC Discovery Grant (3 yrs). DP160103160. Intergenerational Prediction of Social and Early Emotional Development. CIA $453K

Australian Unity (2 yrs). Teen Pulse. Co-lead $295K

Geelong Grammar School (18 mths). School Wellbeing Project - Making a difference. Co-lead $245K

2015

NHMRC Project Grant (5 yrs). APP1082406. Preconception determinants of child health and development. CIA $1,020,945

2014

NHMRC Project Grant (5 yrs). APP1063091. Preconception predictors of health, behaviour and emotional adjustment at seven years. CIB $1,114,989

NHMRC Project Grant (2 yrs). APP1064893. AI $485K

Australian Mental Health Award (Movember) (4 yrs). A documentary promoting resilience in men and boys at key transition points in their lives. $2.9M

Australian Unity (1 yr). Block Funding for the Australian Centre on Quality of Life. Co-Lead. $300K

2013

ARC Linkage Grant (3 yrs). DP130100314. The impact of outdoor programs on positive adolescent development: an empirical evaluation. CIB $450K

ARC Discovery Grant (3yrs). DP 1311459. Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award. Fellowship Recipient. CIA $450K

ARC Discovery Grant (3 yrs). DP 1311459. Pre-conception predictors of early childhood social and emotional development. CIA $461K

Internal Deakin University Grant. $115K

2012

ARC Discovery Grant (3yrs). DP120101402. Early puberty and brain development: exploring the neurobiology of adolescent mental health. CIF $280K

2012 Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research strategic research funds. $31,239

2011

NHMRC Project Grant (5yrs). APP1010018. Pubertal transitions in mental health and behaviour. CII $1,572,018

NHMRC Project Grant (3yrs). APP1008273. Adolescent and young adult parental antecedent of health and development in the first year of life. CIB $547,213

NHMRC Project Grant (3yrs). APP1008271. Mental Disorders and the Social Transitions of Adulthood: A 20-year follow-up of the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study. CIC $426,879

Foundation for Children (2yrs). Intergenerational pathways of psychosocial disadvantage and wellbeing (ATP). CIA $79,841

Stride Foundation. CIA $15K

2010

NHMRC Project Grant (4yrs). APP630517. Impact of parental alcohol, tobacco and other substance use on infant development and family functioning. CIF $1,910,470

NHMRC Project Grant. APP1009381. AI $284,472

Youth Programs Consortium. CIC $98K

2009

ARC Discovery Grant (3yrs). DP0987573. CIB $390K

NHMRC Project Grant. APP607310. AI $457K

2008

Perpetual Trustees. CIA $260K

Perpetual Trustees. CIA $98K

Tattersals. CIB $50K

2007

NHMRC Project Grant (3 yrs). APP437015. Healthy Start to Life. CIB $639,649

2006

VicHealth Post Doctoral Fellowship (5yrs). CIA $525K

Colonial Foundation. CIA $150K

Mazda Foundation. CIB $61K

Australian Rotary Mental Health Research Fund. CIA $60K

2005

NHMRC Project Grant. AI $444K

Perpetual Trustees. CIA $50K

Patterson Family. CIA $50K

People & Parks. CIA $46,250

William Buckland Foundation. CIA $25K

MI7. CIA $21K

2004

NARSAD. CIA $80K

RE Ross Trust. CIA $47,500

2002 Perpetual Trust. CIA $79K

2000 MCRI. CIC $450K

1999

RCH Research Foundation. CIC $28K

Oncology Research Grant, RCH. CIB $90K

NHMRC. AI $90K

1998 DHS. ACMH 8228. CIA $1,300

1996 VicHealth, 95-0213. CIB $90,873


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/22978/A-Prof-Craig-Olsson


Publications

Publications

Please click on Publications Link below.


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=olssocr


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