People Introduction

Andrew Armstrong

Research Fellow

Dr Andrew Armstrong is a psychologist working within the  Australian Gambling Research Centre. His gambling research concentrates on policy issues relating to consumer protection, harm reduction, financial costs and consequences.

Rebecca Armstrong

Executive Manager, Knowledge Translation & Impact

Dr Rebecca Armstrong is responsible for driving the implementation of a Knowledge Translation Strategy within AIFS and in ensuring AIFS work has maximum impact on the audiences we seek to reach.

Jennifer Baxter

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jennifer Baxter is a demographer who joined AIFS in 2005. Her core research focuses on the interaction between work and family.

Megan Carroll

Senior Research Officer

Megan Carroll joined the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) at AIFS as a Senior Research Officer in 2016.

Rachel Carson

Senior Research Fellow, Manager – Family Law and Family Violence (Acting)

Dr Rachel Carson is a socio-legal researcher with expertise in family law and qualitative research about family law disputes.

Joanne Commerford

Senior Research Officer

Joanne Commerford assists in the research synthesis and production of Child Family Communiuty Australia (CFCA) publications and resources.

Galina Daraganova

Acting Executive Manager

Dr Galina Daraganova primarily focuses her research on the theory and application of longitudinal data analysis for complex data. She has previously specialised in the statistical models for social networks.

Cassandra de Lacy-Vawdon

Research Officer

Cassandra de Lacy-Vawdon is a Research Officer at AIFS, with the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC).

John De Maio

Research Fellow

John De Maio is the lead researcher on the Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants. He also undertakes research for the Family Law research program.

Adam Dean

Project Officer


Adam joined the Institute in 2014 as a Project Officer with the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), and is now a Research Officer in the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange. Adam works on a range of knowledge translation products and community engagement activities as part of the CFCA information exchange.