PROFESSOR SOPHIE HAVIGHURST (BA Hons, Dip Clin Psych, PhD)
Leader Tuning in to Kids Research and Dissemination
Sophie Havighurst is the leader of Tuning in to Kids Research and Dissemination and a program author of the Tuning in to Kids® suite of programs. She is a child clinical psychologist and a Professor at the University of Melbourne.
She completed a degree in clinical psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1998 before moving to Australia to undertake a PhD at the University of Melbourne, which she completed in 2003. This provided her with the theoretical, methodological and practical foundations for the work on Tuning in to Kids® – the original parenting program which she developed in collaboration with Ann Harley.
Sophie is the Principal Researcher for the Tuning in to Kids research team and provides supervision to postgraduate students as well as other researchers and professionals around the world who are evaluating the program in a range of settings and with different populations. In 2018-2019 she worked at the University of Oslo, Norway, where she is now an honorary research fellow. She also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice.
DR. CHRISTIANE KEHOE (BSSc Hons, PhD)
Christiane is currently Research Manager for the Tuning in to Kids® suite of programs and co-author of Tuning in to Teens™, Tuning in to Toddlers™ and the Whole School Approach. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2014, where her research involved the pilot trial and subsequent development of the Tuning in to Teens™ program, as well as the first randomised control trial which established the efficacy of this program for parents of pre-adolescents. She was Project Manager for the second evaluation of that program and for the trial of the Tuning in to Toddlers™ program. More recently she has adapted Tuning in to Teens™ for use as a Whole School Approach for teachers, parents, and students.
In addition to her role as Research Manager, Christiane is an accredited facilitator trainer for the entire Tuning in to Kids® suite of programs, and provides supervision and consultation to professional trainees, parents and teachers.
ANN HARLEY (BA, Dip Teach, Grad Dip Ed, M Ed)
Ann is the co-creator of the original Tuning in to Kids® parenting program with Sophie Havighurst and co-author of the Tuning in to Kids® program manual. She is a teacher, sociologist, parent educator and counsellor with over 40 years’ experience in parent education and support. She has worked with parents and carers in a variety of community and cultural settings and consulted with parent education professionals at a local, state and international level. This practical experience in the field was one of the central elements in the development of the Tuning in to Kids® program and was further developed in 2012 when she undertook a qualitative study with a sub-set of parents from the first Tuning in to Teens™ research trial, for her Master of Education. This study in particular provided her and the Tuning in to Kids team with additional practical and theoretical ideas for the development of the Tuning in to Teens™ program and manual as well as for Dads Tuning in to Kids™ and Tuning in to Toddlers™.
From 2008 to 2020 Ann was the Training Manager for Tuning in to Kids®, Tuning in to Teens™ and Dads Tuning in to Kids™ parenting programs, where she organized local, interstate and overseas trainings and was part of the team providing training, supervision and specialist consultation to trainees and organizations.
Ann is now a Program Consultant for the Tuning in to Kids® suite of programs, having retired in 2020. She continues to contribute to program development and dissemination.
(B Psych, Grad Dip Ed, B Visual Arts)
A psychologist and teacher, Ros has worked across a range of mental health, community and education settings, both nationally and internationally. She has delivered training for Tuning in to Kids and Teens facilitators for many years, and emotion-focused, trauma-informed professional learning for settings ranging from early childhood centres through to secondary schools.
Since 2012 Ros has worked with agencies in Yarra on building emotional literacy in the community, an initiative now brought under a far-reaching Communities That Cares project.
She is now Clinical Lead in Mindful’s Tuning in Online Programs (TOP) project, a service that brings parenting resources, phone support and online group programs to Victorian parents and carers.
(BA Psychology Hons)
Jo McInnes is a Psychologist with 17 years’ experience in mental health both in the public and private sectors. She has worked as a Senior Clinician and Clinical Specialist for under 12’s in child and youth mental health for the past 11 years.
Jo joined Mindful – Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health in 2022, and works across the Tuning in to Kids team and the Workforce Training and Development team, which delivers training such as the Developmental Psychiatry Course and the Mindful Introductory Course.
Jo trained in Tuning in to Kids® and Tuning in to Teens™ in 2013 and has run groups in both school and clinical settings. She is now also working with the team to train new facilitators in these programs. Jo has a strong interest in working with parents and is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on parental reflective function and emotion socialisation in children.
(Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy, Cert Steiner Ed (Child & Family Studies))
With over 25 years’ experience working in the welfare sector as well as her own private practice, Gianna is committed to contributing to the growth of strong and healthy individuals, families and communities. She has extensive experience in the delivery of parenting support and psycho-educational programs and therapeutic services to a variety of communities as well as providing supervision to professionals working in these settings.
Gianna’s diverse experience has seen her provide informed counsel to LGBTIQ, CaLD and Aboriginal communities. She has been delivering the Tuning in to Kids® suite of programs since 2012 and feels privileged to join the team of trainers.