Researcher biography

Carys Chainey is a mixed methods researcher who joined ISSR in 2016.  She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Queensland.  Carys supports the ISSR Research Development Office with project development, proposal preparation, and science communication.

She is also completing a PhD with the Life Course Centre, at the UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre.  Her substantive area of interest is the impact of adverse childhood experiences and parenting across the life course and across generations. She is an accredited facilitator of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, and a student member of the Australian Psychological Society. 

Carys has expertise in the design and implementation of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and in conducting rigorous statistical analyses.  She has contributed her knowledge and skills to a wide range of projects at ISSR, including state and federal government evaluations; empirical studies with diverse samples such as Indigenous Australians, government data users and childcare service providers; and institutional administrative analyses.

PhD topic

Childhood adversity in Australia: Does parenting moderate its effect on wellbeing?


  • Dr Kylie Burke, The University of Queensland Parenting and Family Support Centre (Principal)
  • Professor Michele Haynes, Australian Catholic University (Associate)

Research interests

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Families and parenting
  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood
  • Wellbeing across the Lifecourse
  • Research methods and design
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods statistical analysis


  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Hons)
  • PhD (Psychology), in progress