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.

Family wellbeing study

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.

English skills, engagement in education, and entrance into employment of recently arrived humanitarian migrants

The settlement success of humanitarian migrants is likely to be affected by many factors. This Research Summary explores three of these factors: English language proficiency; possession or acquisition of educational qualifications that can assist with getting a job; and becoming employed.

Experiences of separated parents study

This report presents the findings of a core element of the Evaluation the 2012 Family Violence Amendments project—the Experiences of Separated Parents Study (ESPS).
Journal article

Building a new life in Australia: introducing the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants

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.

Fathering in Australia among couple families with young children: research highlights

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 employment...