Diana is currently an occasional Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She was previously a General Manager (Research) at the Institute, with responsibility for the internationally renowned Australian Temperament Project and Growing Up in Australia (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children).
Diana is a psychologist with over 40 years experience in research on child and youth development. She has led influential research on developmental pathways to adolescent problem behaviours, identification of sensitive transition points, risk and protective factors and the co-occurrence of problem behaviours.
Diana also has a long-standing interest in the promotion of resilience, and the development of positive attributes and strengths such as social competence, social responsibility and civic engagement. She has published widely for a variety of audiences and is keenly interested in translating research into policy and practice.