The project researchers

A team of researchers from The University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of Sydney have combined to work on the Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) Project. If you take part in the parenting support offered through the SSTP Project, our research team will be in contact with you to ask about your experience of the program.


The team is made up of professionals with extensive experience working in the field of disability and parenting, and they are lead by the following international experts:

Matt Sanders Ph.D is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Professor Sanders' Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is estimated to have helped more than four million children and their families around the world. It is used in 25 countries and has been translated into 18 languages. More than 55,000 practitioners have been trained in its delivery.


Professor Sanders has also written or co-written more than 200 publications including the ever-popular book Every Parent: A Positive Approach to Children's Behaviour. He has received numerous international awards and his work has inspired several television series including the high-rating Driving Mum and Dad Mad program in the United Kingdom. Professor Sanders advises governments around the world on positive parenting, is an expert consultant to the Council of Europe and has consulted to the World Health Organization.


Kate Sofronoff Ph.D is an Associate Professor and Clinic Director at The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, as well as Head of Research in Disability at UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre.

Associate Professor Sofronoff has established an international reputation for her work in the development, evaluation and provision of evidence-based programs for children with an autism spectrum disorder. She was involved in the first trial of the Stepping Stones Triple P program with parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder and in the initial trial of Stepping Stones Triple P seminars for parents of a child with a disability.


Associate Professor Sofronoff is the author of more than 50 publications in the area of developmental disability and clinical psychology.

Emeritus Professor Bruce Tonge M.D., FRANZCP is the foundation head of the Monash University School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Melbourne.

Professor Tonge's work has significantly influenced child mental health policies and programs in Australia and overseas and has been formally recognised by awards including the World Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award and Founders Medal of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research.


Professor Tonge is the co-author of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist, a tool used to assess behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disability. The checklist is available in 21 languages and is used by professionals around the world.

Kylie Gray Ph.D is an Associate Professor at the Monash University School of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Deputy Director of the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, Melbourne.

Associate Professor Gray has extensive expertise in the area of developmental disorders and disability in children and young people. She is passionate about combining the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience to transfer clinically-driven research to the community and education systems in Australia, and internationally.


Associate Professor Gray has written more than 70 publications about developmental disability and is an established leader in autism assessment training, delivering workshops across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Professor Stewart Einfeld is Chair of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, and Senior Scientist at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, the University of Sydney.

Professor Einfeld's clinical work, education activities, government consultancy work and advocacy led to the recognition of intellectual disability as a psychiatric sub-specialty in Australia and New Zealand.


He co-authored the Developmental Behaviour Checklist with Professor Tonge, and is chief investigator of this project. Professor Einfeld is also co-chief investigator of the Australian Child to Adult Development study.

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