Professor Donna Cross
Program Head, Development & Education
EdD GradDipHSc BEd, FAHMS GAICD
Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia, and Head of the Health Promotion and Education Research team at the Telethon Kids Institute where she leads 32 researchers who develop and test strategies to improve children’s and adolescents’ wellbeing, with a focus on mental health and social-emotional wellbeing.
Additionally, Donna is a Chief Investigator and the Western Australian Node Director of a recently awarded 2020 ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. This $32.1m project will aim to produce and empower precision methods and adaptive social interventions to optimise support for disadvantaged children and families, helping them to achieve their life potential.
Donna has 29 years of applied research experience as a Chief Investigator for $84m in research funding. She is currently a Chief Investigator on nine longitudinal research projects aiming to prevent bullying, cyberbullying and associated mental health harms among young people; promote healthy technology use, and improve the socio-emotional wellbeing of young children and supporting the social and emotional development of children and adolescents with chronic disease.
Her scholarly contribution to children’s health research has been recognised by many university, state and national awards. Most recently she was named a finalist 2017 WA Scientist of the Year. In 2016 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and an NHMRC Research Fellowship to investigate ways children’s wellbeing, development and learning is influenced by their use of technology.
In 2015 she was inducted as a fellow to the Australia Academy of Health and Science. She was awarded the 2012 WA Australian of the Year Award, the Future Justice Prize 2012, and the ECU Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Research (2012, 2011) and Research Supervision (2011).