Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Head of the Health Promotion and Education Research team and Director of the Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration at the Telethon Kids Institute.
Since 1999 Donna has been awarded over $84m in research funding to conduct research to improve child and adolescent, and their parents’ and school executives’ health and wellbeing. She has led 80+ applied school and community-based research projects investigating ways to enhance students’ wellbeing and social and emotional development and reduce anti-social behaviour in schools and families.
In 2012, Donna was awarded the WA ‘Australian of the Year’ for her services to children’s health and wellbeing, she is an invited Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and in 2017 a finalist for WA Scientist of the Year. Donna’s 2017 Churchill Fellowship investigated ways children’s wellbeing, development and learning is influenced by their use of technology.