The presenters of the Parenting Research Centre child behaviour webinars are qualified parenting experts. They’re trained to deliver the evidence-based webinar content in a parent-friendly way.
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Dr Melinda Goodyear

Melinda is a Senior Implementation Specialist at the Parenting Research Centre. Her main area of expertise and professional interest is mental illness in families.

Melinda is currently leading a randomised controlled trial of ‘Let’s Talk About Children’, a program for vulnerable families in mental health and family services across Victoria, in conjunction with Monash University. She also has over 15 years’ experience working with policymakers and practitioners to improve the way that government and non-government services address the intergenerational impacts of mental illness in families.

Melinda has led several research projects investigating the needs of children, young people and parents from vulnerable families. She has particular expertise in sensitively facilitating the engagement of families, children and service providers in research and evaluation.

Di Halloran

Di is passionate about supporting parents and making sure they have access to sound evidence based information.

Di is a Registered Nurse (The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne) who has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (University of Melbourne). She’s also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, where she coordinates the postgraduate Child Public Health subject. And she works casually in the Policy and Service Development Group of the Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Di’s role at MCRI involves training professionals in several areas, including young children’s sleep.

Prior to joining MCRI, Di was employed by the Northern Territory Government, Department of Health and Community Services, Office of Children and Families. During this time Di worked in urban, regional and remote communities developing and implementing parenting support and child and family health models. Di has also worked with children, teenagers and families in rural Victoria in various roles, including nursing management, paediatric nursing, nursing education and sexual assault counselling. During her time working in rural Victoria, Di was involved in the DHS Shepparton Innovations Project, Shepparton Best Start and the DHS ‘Safe from Harm’ Working Group. She was also a member of the Nurses Board of Victoria.

Tony Gates

Tony is a registered psychologist with expertise in child development and education. He has worked in many settings, including primary and secondary schools, preschools and private clinics. Tony currently designs and implements supports for parents at the Parenting Research Centre.

Tony has supported parents facing a wide range of challenges, including difficult behaviour, childhood anxiety and depression, childhood anger management, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issues, intellectual disability, sibling dynamics and family relationships.

Tony’s qualifications include a Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from the Australian National University.

Tony has a young son and is an expert in important pursuits like board games, Minecraft and Pokemon.

Warren Cann

Warren Cann is a psychologist, parenting specialist and CEO with the Parenting Research Centre.

Warren’s career has focused on parenting intervention and support, particularly where parents are raising children with complex needs, or are experiencing significant adversity themselves. Prior to joining the PRC, Warren oversaw the dissemination of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) in Victoria. And prior to that, he worked as a psychologist in early childhood intervention and protective services.

  • Last updated or reviewed 11-04-2017