Director of Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network, Australian National University

Amanda Harris is a Psychologist and the Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN). Amanda's area of expertise is the impact that trauma and adversity during childhood has across the lifespan.

ACATLGN brings together knowledge and research on the impact of a range of traumatic and adverse experiences on children, young people and families. Amanda and ACATLGN are currently working on research examining the impacts that experiences of childhood trauma and adversity have on educational attainment and difficulties, and on the development of mental health difficulties.

Amanda is also completing research on the role that social support plays in mitigating the impact of trauma in Australian children affected by disasters.

Amanda has previously worked in a number of settings providing clinical interventions and programs to children and adolescents. This includes in mental health settings, internationally in disaster response, to children and families seeking asylum and with children and young people experiencing homelessness.

Experience

  • –present
    Director of Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network, Australian National University

Education

  • 2000 
    University of Western Sydney, Grad Dip Forensic Psychology
  • 1999 
    Macquarie University, Bachelor Arts (Psychology)