Research Team

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Amy is the Starlight Fellow in the Youth Mental Health team at the Telethon Kids Institute. She is a registered psychologist, with a masters degree and PhD in clinical psychology. Amy’s work focuses on translational research that aims to promote better neurodevelopmental and mental health outcomes in children and young people. She is passionate about working with young people living with chronic illness, and finding new ways to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. Her interest in this area is informed by her experience of having Crohn’s disease since her early adolescence.


Associate professor ashleigh lin

Ashleigh is a NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow and Program Head of Mental Health and Youth at the Telethon Kids Institute. Ashleigh's research is focused on early detection and intervention for mental health problems in adolescents and young adults. She is particularly interested the mental health of vulnerable groups, such as gender diverse and Aboriginal young people. Ashleigh works closely with youth mental health service providers across Perth and is an active contributor to reference groups and committees in youth mental health in the state.



Telethon Kids Institute is based within the Perth Children’s Hospital, and is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, comprising a dedicated and diverse team of more than 700 staff and students. We've created a bold blueprint that brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our vision to improve the health and development of children through excellence in research, and the application of that knowledge.

Our goal is to build on our success and create a research institute that makes a real difference in our community, which will benefit children and families everywhere. We're committed to involving consumers and the community in all aspects of our research. Together with the community, we want to identify and prioritise bold and relevant questions of importance to child health.


starlight Children’s foundation

The Starlight Children’s Foundation is an Australian charity whose mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children. Since 1988, Starlight has partnered with Australian health professionals to develop programs based on positive psychology principles that support the 'total care' of children and teens.