Penelope Strauss

PhD Student, Population and Global Health, Telethon Kids Institute

Penelope Strauss holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and is a currently a PhD student at UWA and Telethon Kids Institute. She has an overarching interest in equity issues and has a background in the area of refugee and migrant health. Her current research focus is on the mental health of trans young people and their barriers to accessing services. Penelope has recently led the Trans Pathways project, which is the largest study conducted on the mental health of trans young people in Australia.


  • 2016–present
    Research Assistant, Telethon Kids Institute
  • 2015–2016
    Senior Research Officer, University of Western Australia
  • 2016–2016
    Project Coordinator, University of Western Australia
  • 2014–2016
    Research Assistant, Curtin University
  • 2013–2014
    Research Associate, University of Miami


  • 2016 
    University of Western Australia, Master of Public Health
  • 2010 
    University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008 
    Bard College, Associate of Arts

Professional Memberships

  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • International Association for Youth Mental Health
  • Society for Mental Health Research
  • Australian and New Zealand Professional Assocation for Transgender Health