Professor Judith Cashmore AO has a PhD in developmental psychology and a Masters degree in education. Her research concerns children's involvement in civil and criminal proceedings and other processes in which decisions are made about children's lives. The special focus of this research has been on children's experience and perceptions of the process and the implications for social policy. She has worked as a consultant to various government agencies and been involved in numerous state and federal government committees concerning children and families. Judy has been an appointed Member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales since 2004 and is Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University. She and her colleague and co-researcher, Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, have been jointly awarded the 2013 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) for outstanding research and/or research achievements in the field of family and divorce.