Published: January 28, 2020


Congratulations to Life Course Centre Chief Investigator Professor Matt Sanders who was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 26 January 2020 for distinguished service to education and research in clinical psychology and to child, parent and family wellbeing.

The Order of Australia, announced annually in the Australia Day Honours List, recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. Professor Sanders has been a Chief Investigator of the Life Course Centre since its formation in 2014. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology.

He is also the founder and lead author of the world-renowned Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, the result of a four-decade research and development journey that commenced with his PhD in 1978. Triple P is now the most extensively used parenting support system in the world, translated into 22 languages, used in 35 countries and reaching millions of parents and children.

Professor Sanders has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, 28 books, and 69 book chapters, and has consulted and advised governments at senior policy levels in Australia and internationally. He also instigated the international Helping Families Change Conference, which is now one of the major international parenting conferences and will celebrate its 20th biennial staging in Brisbane on 5-7 February 2020.

Congratulations Matt from everyone at the Life Course Centre on your well-deserved Order of Australia.

Caption: Professor Matt Sanders addressing the Life Course Centre Researchers’ Week in 2018.