Staff profile - Craig Olsson
Prof Craig Olsson
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Health|
|Department:||School of Psychology|
|Campus:||Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 522 78428 +61 3 522 78428|
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.
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.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2015
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.
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
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.
Epidemiology, Genetics, Prevention, Psychology, Public Health
5 PhD students
2 PhD students
3 PhD students
2 D Psych students
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.
- 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.
- The ARACY Longitudinal Studies Network: A National consoritum of 35 Australian and New Zealand cohort studies involving over 70,000 participants, spanning 4 decades.
- 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
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.
Total Research Grants 1996-2016 $21,321,011
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
NHMRC Project Grant (5 yrs). APP1082406. Preconception determinants of child health and development. CIA $1,020,945
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
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
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
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
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
ARC Discovery Grant (3yrs). DP0987573. CIB $390K
NHMRC Project Grant. APP607310. AI $457K
Perpetual Trustees. CIA $260K
Perpetual Trustees. CIA $98K
Tattersals. CIB $50K
NHMRC Project Grant (3 yrs). APP437015. Healthy Start to Life. CIB $639,649
VicHealth Post Doctoral Fellowship (5yrs). CIA $525K
Colonial Foundation. CIA $150K
Mazda Foundation. CIB $61K
Australian Rotary Mental Health Research Fund. CIA $60K
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
NARSAD. CIA $80K
RE Ross Trust. CIA $47,500
2002 Perpetual Trust. CIA $79K
2000 MCRI. CIC $450K
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
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