Suzanne Vassallo

Suzanne Vassallo

Research Fellow
Australian Institute of Family Studies
BAppSci (Swinburne), GradDipPsych (Deakin), MClinPsych (Deakin)

Suzanne is a Research Fellow at the Institute. She has worked at the Institute since 2001. Prior to this, she was employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Over the course of her career, Suzanne has been involved in the development and implementation of a number of large-scale cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, with a focus on research relating to child and youth development and wellbeing, parenting and family relationships.

For the past 15 years Suzanne has worked on the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), an internationally renowned longitudinal study that has followed the development of a large cohort of Victorian children from infancy into adulthood. From 2008 to 2012, Suzanne was the Project Manager for the ATP, as well as the associated ATP Driving Behaviour Study (a collaboration with the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission).

In addition to her work with the ATP, Suzanne was involved in the development of the Longitudinal Study of Separated Families, while working on the Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms (in 2007–08).

Suzanne’s research interests include longitudinal research, the development of risk-taking behaviour and adjustment difficulties in adolescents and young adults, and relationships between young people and their parents.

Selected publications

Vassallo, S., Daraganova, G., Zhang, G.Z., & Homel, J. (2017). Teaching practices in Australian primary schools. In LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2016. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne. 

Doidge J,C., Edwards, B., Higgins, D., Toumbourou J.W., Delfabbro, P., Vassallo, S., and Segal, L. (2017) Economic predictors of child maltreatment in a prospective Australian birth cohort. Children and Youth Services Review, 72, 14-25

Vassallo, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards. B. (2016). Factors affecting stability and change in risky driving from late adolescence to the late twenties. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 88, 77-87.

Vassallo, S., Edwards, B., & Forrest, W. (2016). Childhood behaviour problems and fighting in early adulthood: What factors are protective?  Journal of Criminal Justice, 45, 85-93.

Forrest, W., Edwards, B., & Vassallo, S. (2014). Individual differences in the concordance of self-reports and official records. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 24, 305-315.

Vassallo, S., Edwards, B., Renda, J., & Olsson, C.A. (2014). Bullying in early adolescence and antisocial behavior and depression six years later: What are the protective factors? Journal of School Violence, 13, 100-124.

Vassallo, S., Sanson, A., & Olsson, C.A. (2014). 30 years on: Some key insights from the Australian Temperament Project. Family Matters, 94, 29-34

Vassallo, S., Smart, D., Spiteri, M., Cockfield, S., Harris, A., & Harrison, W. (2014). Stability of risky driving from late adolescence to early adulthood. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 72, 161-168.

Little, K., Hawkins, M., Sanson, A., O’Connor, M., Toumbourou, J., Smart, D., & Vassallo, S. (2013). Longitudinal predictors of alcohol-related harms during the transition to adulthood. Australian Psychologist, 48 (4), 270-280.

Vassallo, S., Lahausse, J., & Edwards, B. (2013). Stability and change in risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties. Melbourne : AIFS (Research paper No. 51).

Vassallo, S., & Sanson, A. (Eds.) (2013). The Australian Temperament Project: The first 30 years. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.