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Senior Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Stephanie Brown is Head of the Intergenerational Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, and Director of the Stronger Futures CRE. Her research on maternal health has been pivotal in drawing international attention to the extent and impact of common maternal physical and mental health problems after childbirth and health consequences of intimate partner violence.

Over the past 15 years, Stephanie has developed a vibrant program of epidemiological and health services research at MCRI, with a primary focus on reducing health inequalities. Her team are working with Aboriginal communities, refugee communities and women and children exposed to family violence to address gaps in evidence regarding effective intervention strategies to promote resilience and enable healing and recovery from the effects of trauma and family violence.

In 2020, she was awarded NHMRC funding to establish and lead the Stronger Futures Centre of Research Excellence. The Centre is implementing a collaborative, multi-stakeholder program of translational research spanning four major priority areas: the impact of intergenerational trauma and family violence, trauma-informed approaches to health and social care, prevention and resilience, and healing and recovery from intergenerational trauma. Stephanie is also Co-Leader of MCRI's Aboriginal Health Program and a founding member of the Aboriginal Communities and Families Research Alliance.


  • 2015–present
    Senior Principal Research Fellow , Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • 2015–present
    Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne


  • 1998 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1982 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons)