Professor Jan Nicholson is Research Director at the Parenting Research Centre, Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Learning Innovation, Queensland University of Technology. She has a background in child and family psychology with post-doctoral training in public health. Jan’s research examines the influence of contemporary family, social and organisational environments on children’s healthy development, with a particular focus on vulnerable families.
Jan is the Design Team Leader for parenting and family functioning in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), a national study tracking the health and development of two cohorts of 5000 children each. She heads an NHMRC-funded cohort study of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commencing recruitment in 2011, and is co-investigator on studies promoting effective parenting, early literacy and healthy early life nutrition.