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May 04, 2023 : 9am
- May 05, 2023
Deakin Downtown Melbourne
727 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3008
Georgia Zoumboulis

Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium 2023


The Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium is an annual opportunity for researchers to build and consolidate collaborations with other researchers and practitioners who work with fathers. The event is co-hosted by the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University, The University of Newcastle, and the Institute for Health Transformation. A range of disciplines are represented.

Join us for keynote presentations, workshops and snapshot summaries that showcase research and father-inclusive programs from around Australia.

The symposium is organised by the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium, which seeks to advance the science of fatherhood; inform practice and policy that supports men and their families; and, promote healthy inclusion of fathers in family life.

We invite you to join us to build effective collaborations so that we may further the evidence base on fathering.

The 2023 symposium will be a hybrid event held at Deakin Downtown (Melbourne), and also via Zoom.

Day 1: May 4th - TBC

Day 2: May 5th - TBC

Registration is essential.

Thomas Mayo (AUS) and Natasha Cabrera (US) are this year's Keynote speakers. Find out more and register for this event.


Thomas Mayo is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. Thomas is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a tireless advocate for the rights of First Nations People. Thomas has authored several books including Finding The Heart of The Nation and Dear Son, which includes letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and sons.

Natasha Cabrera received her Ph.D. in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver and her MA degree from the University of Toronto. Dr. Cabrera joined the University of Maryland faculty in 2002 and arrived with several years of experience as an SRCD Executive Branch Fellow with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Her current research topics include: father–child and mother–child relationships, predictors of adaptive and maladaptive parenting, children's social and emotional development in different types of families and cultural /ethnic groups, and, the mechanisms that link early experience to children’s later cognitive and social development. She co-edited the Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, second edition (2012), and two co-edited volumes entitled Latina/o Child Psychology and Mental Health (2011).


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