Suzanne Vassallo

About: Suzanne is a Research Fellow at the Institute. She has worked at the Institute since 2001. Prior to this, she was employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Over the course of her career, Suzanne has been involved in the development and implementation of a number of large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, with a focus on research relating to child and youth development and wellbeing, parenting and family relationships. For the past thirteen years Suzanne has worked on the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), an internationally renowned longitudinal study that has followed the development of a large cohort of Victorian children from infancy into adulthood. From 2008 to 2012, Suzanne was the Project Manager for the ATP, as well as the associated ATP Driving Behaviour Study (a collaboration with the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission). In addition to her work with the ATP, Suzanne was involved in the development of the Longitudinal Study of Separated Families, while working on the Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms (in 2007–08). Suzanne’s research interests include longitudinal research, the development of risk-taking behaviour and adjustment difficulties in adolescents and young adults, and relationships between young people and their parents.

The Australian Temperament Project: the first 30 years

This report provides a brief and accessible account of some of the key learnings about human development from the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), a groundbreaking longitudinal study that, to date, has followed a large group of Victorians from their birth to age 30 years.

Stability and change in risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties

This paper examines patterns of risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties and identifies factors associated with persistence and change in risky driving tendencies. Key findings: Rates of risky driving remained fairly stable between the ages of 19-20 and 23-24 years, but...
Journal article

Prevalence matters: estimating the extent of child maltreatment in Australia

Abstract The results of various studies estimating the extent and prevalence of child maltreatment including child abuse and neglect in Australia are discussed. Four methodological issues that have a particularly strong influence on prevalence estimates are highlighted.