Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal research follows the same group of people over time and as such provides powerful information making it possible to identify and better understand the pathways people take through life. The rich information collected through longitudinal studies is a prime source of evidence for informing long-term policy-making.

AIFS has built significant expertise in longitudinal research by conducting, leading and collaborating with several large-scale longitudinal research studies, including the Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). AIFS researchers involved in longitudinal research are particularly skilled in:

  • survey design
  • data management and linkage
  • analysis of longitudinal data.

In conducting such research, AIFS has examined change in children and adults over time on a range of topic areas including:

  • learning and education
  • physical and mental health
  • social and economic participation
  • life transitions
  • influence of family, school and community.

Current projects


Survey Methodology team

Jennifer Renda - TTM Manager

Tammy Taylor - LSAC Manager

Deborah Louwen - Cohort Manager

Jessie Dunstan - LSAC Manager

Jacob Duffy - Senior Research Officer

Anna Scovelle - Senior Research Officer

Karen BiddiscombeSenior Research Officer

Bridget Palmer - Senior Project Officer

Mikayla Budinski - Research Officer

Beth Thomas-Richards - Project Officer

Data Management & Linkage team

Dinusha Bandara - Senior Manager 

Jatender Mohal - Senior Manager 

Michelle Silbert - Manager

Leanne Howell - Senior Data Officer

Cherrylyn Lansangan - Senior Data Officer

Constantine Gasser - Senior Data Officer

Research & Analysis Team

Bosco Rowland  - Senior Research Fellow | Senior Manager

Pilar Rioseco Lopez - Research Fellow 

Tracy Evans-Whipp - Research Fellow

Brendan Quinn - Research Fellow

Neha Swami - Senior Research Officer

Karlee O’Donnell - Senior Research Officer

Jen Prattley - Statistician

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