Dr Carys Chainey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Carys Chainey is a postdoctoral research fellow in parenting and family science with The University of Queensland Parenting and Support Centre and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Children and Families Across the Life Course (Life Course Centre). She holds the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Parenting and Family Science from the Growing Minds Australia Clinical Trials Network (GMA; www.growingmindsaustralia.org), and is Social Engagement Strategist for the GMA Early and Mid-Career Researcher Network. Dr Chainey is the clinical trials manager for Family Life Skills Triple P, and operations manager for the Parenting and Family Research Alliance (PAFRA; www.pafra.org).

Dr Chainey's research investigates the links between adverse childhood experiences, parenting, and wellbeing, across the life course and across generations; and applying human centred design to improving the usability of evidence-based parenting programs. She has expertise in the design, implementation, and analysis of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.

Her current research projects include analyses of large survey datasets (e.g. the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, National Health Survey) and novel survey datasets to explore how intergenerational adversity and parenting influence the wellbeing of children, adolescents and emerging adults. She is leading initiatives to support the next generation of parenting and family researchers, and is contributing to the "Every Family 2" Triple P population trial of Triple P. Dr Chainey is an accredited facilitator of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and has contributed to a range of evaluations for the government including the development of the evaluation framework for the Queensland Government "Not Now, Not Ever" Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy.

Research Interests

  • Adverse childhood experiences, parenting and wellbeing across the life course and generations
  • Applying human centred design to improve the usability and effectiveness of evidence-based parenting supports
  • Supporting the next generation of parenting and family researchers
  • Evaluating the effectiveness, appropriateness, acceptability and feasibility of a new parenting and life skills program, Family Life Skills Triple P


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Science (Advanced), The University of Queensland


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