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Who We Are

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Who We Are

We are thrilled to announce the return of I-CEPS in 2025! Following the resounding success of I-CEPS 2023, we are eagerly anticipating further growth and innovation in our upcoming event.

Our Congress aims to inspire global collective action to enhance access for all parents to high-quality, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate parenting support. I-CEPS has emerged as a significant global initiative, championed by leading universities, organisations, and state governments. With an ambitious agenda, our aim is to improve the quality of life for millions of children and families worldwide.

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Dr. Tony Biglan is a Senior Scientist at ORI and President of Values to Action. He has been researching the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 40 years. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use, high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure through interventions in families, schools, and communities.

 

His book, The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World, won an award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis. Based on the accumulated knowledge about what humans need to thrive, Dr. Biglan created Values to Action, a nonprofit organization that helps communities come together around a shared vision and create “Action Circles” to implement evidence-based solutions to their most pressing problems.

I-CEPS 2025 Global Ambassadors

I-CEPS 2025 Committee Members

Convenor

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Treasurer

Mr Warren Cann (Parenting Research Centre, Australia)

 

Organising Committee

Dr Carys Chainey (Co-chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

Ms Sarah Little (Co-chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

Ms Jessica Dawkins (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Carolina Gonzalez (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

Dr Sally Richmond (Monash University, Australia)

• Ms Charlotte Sutton (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Christiane Kehoe (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

• Ms Ishita Das (The University of Queensland, Australia)

 

Scientific Program Committee

Dr Cheri Shapiro (Co-chairperson; University of South Carolina, USA)

Dr Anja Wittkowski (Co-chairperson; University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Associate Professor David Pasalich (Co-chairperson; Australian National University, Australia)

Associate Professor Karen Turner (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Suzanne Kerns (The University of Colorado, USA)

• Ms Ruby Kane (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Japeth Adina (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Associate Professor Amit Baumel (University of Haifa, Israel)

Associate Professor Shelina Bhamani (Aga Khan University, Pakistan)

Professor David Hawes (University of Sydney, Australia)

Adjunct Professor Cynthia Leung (Victoria University, Australia)

Associate Professor Raziye Salari (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Professor Christel Middledorp (Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)

Professor Melanie Woodfield (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

• Dr Rebecca Esliker (University of Makeni, Sierra Leone)

Dr Gauri Divan (University of Reading, Sangath)

Dr Grace Kirby (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Heather Foran (University of Klagenfurt, Austria)

Dr Ngozi Enelamah (University of New Hampshire, USA)

Dr Bonny Oliver (University of College London, England)

 

Participant Experience Committee

• Associate Professor Karen Turner (Chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

Emeritus Professor Peter Cork (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Emeritus Professor David Kavanagh (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Carys Chainey (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Ms Jessica Dawkins (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Mr Matthew Taylor (The University of Queensland, Australia)

 

Finance Committee

Mr Warren Cann (Chairperson; Parenting Research Centre, Australia)

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Ms Jessica Dawkins (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Mr Roger Lam (Parenting Research Centre, Australia)

Professor Sophie Havighurst (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Professor Trevor Mazzucchelli (Curtin University, Australia)

 

Policy and Social Impact Committee

Dr Chris Hatherly (Chairperson; Academy of the Social Science, Australia)

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Adjunct Professor Michael Hogan (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Dr Francis (Fran) Doyle (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Commissioner Luke Twyford (Queensland Family and Child Commission, Australia)

Ms Grainne O’Loughlin (Karitane, Australia)

• Ms Sylvia Lin (University of Melbourne, Australia)

 

Scientific Evaluation Advisory Committee

Associate Professor Marie Yap (Co-chairperson; Monash University, Australia)

Associate Professor Divna Haslam (Co-chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Suzanne Kerns (The University of Colorado, USA)

Professor Winnifred Louis (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Ronald Prinz (University of South Carolina, USA)

Professor Christiane Kehoe (University of Melbourne, Australia)

Associate Professor Alina Morwaska (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Carolyn Webster-Stratton (The Incredible Years, USA)

Dr Christina Ambrosi (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

 

Action Circles Advisory Committee

Dr April Hoang (Chairperson; The University of Queensland, Australia)

Ms Madeliene Sakellariou (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Associate Professor Alina Morawska (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Anthony Biglan (Oregon Research Institute, USA)

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Professor Melanie Woodfield (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

 

Parent Day Committee

Associate Professor Elizabeth Westrupp (Chairperson; Deaking University, Australia)

Dr Carolina Gonzalez (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

Professor Matthew Sanders (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Associate Professor Divna Haslam (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr Chris Hatherly (Academy of the Social Science, Australia)

Professor John Toumbourou (Deakin University, Australia)

Emeritus Professor Bruce Tonge (Monash University, Australia)

Dr Shawna Campbell (Bond University, Australia)

Ms Kirsten Baird-Bate (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Mr Tomer Berkowitz (Deakin University, Australia)

Dr Catherine Wade (Parenting Research Centre, Australia)

 

Communications and Marketing Team

Ms Heidi Minchin (The University of Queensland, Australia)

• Ms Charlotte Sutton (The University of Queensland, Australia)

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