People Introduction

Kristel Alla

Knowledge Translation Specialist, Knowledge Translation and Impact (KTI) Lab

Dr Kristel Alla engages researchers in knowledge translation activities across a range of research projects that aim to improve child and family wellbeing.

Nikola Balvin

Senior Research Fellow Knowledge Translation and Impact (KTI) Lab

Dr Nikola Balvin leads AIFS’ work on Emerging Minds, a national workforce centre for child mental health.

Dinusha Bandara

Senior Manager, Data Management & Linkage

Dinusha Bandara joined the Institute to lead the management of data and analytics within the Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies team.

Jennifer Baxter

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Jennifer Baxter is currently managing the evaluation of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package.

Mikayla Budinski

Research Officer

Mikayla joined AIFS in 2018 as a Research Officer in theSurvey Methodology team at AIFS.

Megan Carroll

Senior Research Officer

Megan Carroll joined AIFS in 2016, and has been involved in data analysis for a range of projects across the Institute. 

Rachel Carson

Senior Research Fellow

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

John De Maio

Research Fellow

John De Maio is a researcher in the Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms team.