Diana Smart


Dr Diana Smart is a psychologist who joined the Institute in 2000. Diana is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute with responsibility for the Building a New Life in Australia and Pathways of Care studies. She previously held responsibility for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and has also had a 25 year association with the Australian Temperament Project.  Prior to this, Diana conducted research for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Education Unit and the Victorian Education Department's Curriculum and Research Branch, and was a Lecturer in Psychology at Rusden State College (now part of Deakin University).  Diana's research interests include child and youth development and transitions, pathways across time, and vulnerability and the fostering of resilience.

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18 Oct 2018

The Family Wellbeing Study focuses on how families are faring at two of the major stages of a military career: during service, and in the first years after the transition to civilian life. An additional focus is how differing types of family members are faring....

Journal article

30 Sep 2014

Introduces a study aimed to shed light on the settlement pathways and outcomes of newly arrived humanitarian migrants, focusing particularly on the factors that promote or hinder a successful transition.


Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of...


4 Oct 2011

There remains much to be learned about the ways in which Australian fathers contribute to families and feel about themselves as fathers.

There has been growing recognition of the importance of fathers to families in recent years. Societal trends, such as rising levels of...


7 Mar 2011

This report aims to increase understanding of the many ways in which fathers in couple families with young children contribute to family life, through the study of their time investment with children, their supportiveness as partners, their financial contribution, their parenting behaviours and...


13 Jul 2009

Findings from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

This paper presents findings from a study commissioned by The Smith Family and conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, which aimed to identify key influences on Australian children’s school readiness,...

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