Invited Speakers

Simon Crouch, PhD
Same-sex families in a changing world

Dr Simon Crouch is a Scholar of Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a recipient of the Sue Morey Medal from the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He recently completed a 4-month fellowship at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Crouch’s doctoral research looked at the health and wellbeing of children with same-sex attracted parents and he has been actively involved in advocacy work on behalf of same-sex families both in Australia and internationally. Dr Crouch is the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine Regional Education Coordinator for Victoria and currently works as a Public Health Physician at the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

Marion Henderson, PhD
Learning from the Trial of Health Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early years (THRIVE): A three armed trial of parenting interventions for women with additional and social care needs during pregnancy

Dr Marion Henderson is based at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, UK. Her aim is to learn how to effectively promote healthy life trajectories for infants, children and adolescents. She has led the development of interventions, such as the Social Emotional Education and Development (SEED) intervention for primary schools. She is committed to leading rigorous outcome, process and economic evaluations of complex social interventions, predominately by conducting randomised control trials. Marion is currently Chief Investigator of two Phase III randomised control trials funded by the UK’s National Institute of Health Research. Marion will present the findings of and learning from the Trial of Health Relationship Initiatives for the Very Early years (THRIVE) at the HFCC 2020 conference. THRIVE recruited pregnant women with additional social and care needs. Intervention started during the perinatal period, and one of the interventions was Enhanced Triple P for Baby.

Shawna Lee, MECS, PhD
The Positive Early Childhood Education Program

Dr Shawna Lee teaches in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development Degree and Early Childhood Education Diploma programs at Seneca College in Ontario, Canada. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, and a Masters in Early Childhood Studies. Shawna’s expertise and passion is in the field of Children’s Mental Health, Inclusion, and family support. With an extensive background in children’s mental health and early childhood education, Shawna’s passion relates to how children experience their mental health in educational settings, and how this may be reflected in the mental health of professionals who aim to support them. Shawna has been the lead researcher in all trials examining the effectiveness and implementation of the newest variation of Triple P, designed for use in early childhood education environments; the Positive Early Childhood Education (PECE) program. Shawna has led various research projects and cross-sectoral community partnership initiatives, local and international. These initiatives continue to develop, strengthen, and empower the collaboration between families, schools, child care programs, and community partners.