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Dr Fiona Mensah

Fiona Mensah works at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, based within the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU).

Fiona works with the Murdoch Childrens Population Health theme groups: Language and Literacy, Community Health Services Research, Healthy Mothers Healthy Families, and Policy Equity and Translation. She advises on study design, analysis, presentation and publication and has a role in research training and capacity building.

Fiona's research is about understanding children's development from early life through to adolescence. She uses longitudinal cohort studies to examine children's health and developmental pathways over this time and how these may be influenced by their experiences and the family and community environments around them.

Fiona's research considers how family and community strengths, vulnerabilities and resilience may affect children's development, looking at many aspects of children's health and development including language and cognitive development, socio-emotional well being, mental health and behaviour, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and obesity.