Raine Study - Our People

The Team

The Raine Study Management Team oversees the strategic and operational management of the Raine Study, curates the Raine Study data, facilitates access to the cohort data, oversees the Raine Study research groups, manages all data and biosamples and liaises with and looks after our participants. 

Professor Romola Bucks, MClinPsych, PhD, FAPS, MAICD

Professor Romola Bucks, MClinPsych, PhD, FAPS, MAICD

Director

Professor Romola Bucks is a professor in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia and former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of the School of Psychological Science at UWA. As Director of the Raine Study she provides leadership and direction for research activities, strategic direction, operations and partnerships.

Romola sits on the Board of Directors of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and in 2018 was made a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science for her contribution to the field. She is a passionate teacher and research supervisor, who is committed to mentoring young scientists.

Associate Professor Rebecca Glauert, BPsych (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor Rebecca Glauert, BPsych (Hons), PhD

Scientific Director

Associate Professor Rebecca Glauert is the Scientific Director of the Raine Study, and a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. Since starting her research career 13 years ago she has been passionate about connecting data-informed evidence to life-changing interventions and decisions to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of our most vulnerable citizens. She previously led the Developmental Pathways and Social Policy Team at Telethon Kids Institute, which focused on linking administrative datasets from non-health agencies to health data in order to explore the lifecourse epidemiology of many non-communicable disease outcomes. Rebecca’s commitment to ensuring that data are used for public good led her to develop the West Australian Child Development Atlas, a freely available atlas which geographically maps data on children and young people across WA, and she has recently been awarded a grant to create an Australian National Child Health and Development Atlas with partners from across the country. Rebecca has worked closely with government to change the culture around data and the use of evidence in policy and decision-making. Rebecca’s work shows that with accurate up to date information and evidence governments can do a lot more to assist those most vulnerable in our society.

Aggie Bouckley, BCom, CPA

Aggie Bouckley, BCom, CPA

Operations Manager

Aggie has senior responsibility for all operational matters of the Raine Study, including finance, human resources and corporate support. She oversees all operational issues related to cohort follow-ups, data and biosample management, communications and participant engagement.

Alex D’Vauz, BSc (Hons), GradDipHlthProm, MHlthProm

Alex D’Vauz, BSc (Hons), GradDipHlthProm, MHlthProm

Data & Biosamples Manager

Alex D’Vauz is the Data and Biological Samples Manager at the Raine Study. The focus throughout Alex’s 20-year career has been on child health research, accompanying her passion for information that informs the understanding of developmental origins of health and disease and the potential for health advancements. Alex’s knowledge across all aspects of the Raine Study data lifecycle is comprehensive and crucial in leading the data team in the longitudinal quality checking of all Raine Study data. She advises Raine Study leadership on strategic directions for data curation and also works closely with leadership to ensure continued secure storage and sharing of data in accordance with Raine Study governance and policies. With in-depth knowledge of research project study design including protocol development, Alex provides fundamental support to researchers from the planning stage through to project proposal and conduct stage. Alex assists researchers with identifying the data relevant to their project, and helps identify the exact variables needed for their data request, overall maximising the value of the Raine Study data.

Diane Wood, BAppSc, Dip Ed, GDipHumNutr

Diane Wood, BAppSc, Dip Ed, GDipHumNutr

Overall Follow-up Manager

Diane Wood is the Raine Study Overall Follow-up Manger and joined the Raine Study in 2004/5 and currently manages the Follow up and Participant Engagement portfolios. Diane has been a research assistant, participant engagement co-ordinator, Follow-up manager and has extensive experience in coordinating full cohort and sub study follow-ups. Diane’s effective project management applied to creating budgets ,data collection, curation of hard copy data, good clinical practice, research methodology, application of occupational health and safety and managing risk. Diane has worked closely with researchers, the data collection team and the Raine Study cohort members to maximise ease and benefit during all phases of the follow-ups.

 

Gracie Cayley, BA

Gracie Cayley, BA

Research Administrative Assistant

Gracie, as the Research Project Administrative Assistant, provides administrative support to the Follow-up Manager in preparation for the Generations follow-up. Gracie is contact tracing the Raine Study’s lifelong volunteer participants ensuring we have the latest up to date contact details for the upcoming data collection Follow-up. She also provides support with social media communication to enhance participant engagement.

Kate Rowlands, BA (Hons)

Kate Rowlands, BA (Hons)

Communications Manager

Kate is responsible for all external and internal communications on behalf of the Raine Study. She works to ensure that participants and researchers stay engaged and connected with the Raine Study through the website, social media, digital communications and events, and that external stakeholders and partners continue to understand the unique value of the Raine Study and are committed to securing its future.  Kate has over 25 years of experience as a communicator and PR strategist in Australia, the US, the UK and across Europe, and is excited to be helping the Raine Study communicate more life-changing discoveries as it enters its fourth decade.

Blagica Penova-Veselinovic, MScBiolSci

Blagica Penova-Veselinovic, MScBiolSci

Scientific Manager

Blagica Penova-Veselinovic is the Raine Study Scientific Manager. She ensures implementation of the Raine Study policies and procedures, manages the project applications through the Raine (Study) Online Submission System (ROSS) and liaise with and supports researchers to create satisfactory project proposals . Blagica originally worked in a clinical setting managing the bio-samples collected for the Raine Study based at WIRF. Blagica brings her vast experience in the management of clinical research projects, coordinating large cohort studies, randomised controlled trial, and collaboration with international consortiums. She has been involved in every aspect of research; from study planning, protocol development, as well as data and bio-samples curation, data analyses and scientific paper writing.

 

Kristin Zed

Kristin Zed

Scientific Support Officer

The Scientific Support Officer provides support for the scientific aspects of all portfolios in the Raine Study.  The Scientific Support Officer offers support to Committees activities, including the Scientific Management and Scientific Review Committees, to the Special Interest Groups and the wider Raine Study research community.

Sue Green, BSc

Sue Green, BSc

Phlebotomist and Research Assistant

Sue is our blood-taking extraordinaire and is much loved by our participants. She works across our follow-ups as a research assistant and phlebotomist.

Heather Amos, BA (ECE)

Heather Amos, BA (ECE)

Administrative Officer

Heather looks after the day-to-day running of the Raine Study office and provides administrative support to the management team, Directors and Board.

Dr Huong Le, M DevEc, MAppStat, PhD Ec

Dr Huong Le, M DevEc, MAppStat, PhD Ec

Statistician & Data Officer

Huong is one of the Raine Study’s data officers who handles data requests and works to clean and manage Raine Study data.

Dr Hangfei He, PhD Stats, MSc Stats, BEc

Dr Hangfei He, PhD Stats, MSc Stats, BEc

Statistician & Data Officer

Hangfei is one of the Raine Study’s data officers who handles data requests and works to clean and manage Raine Study data.

Harshdeep Singh Sandhu

Harshdeep Singh Sandhu

Statistician & Data Officer

Harshdeep is one of our team of data officers who handle data requests, work to clean our data and manage the data.

John Langley

John Langley

Data Officer

John is one of our team of data officers who handle data requests, work to clean and manage the data.

Beverly Hodgson, BSc

Beverly Hodgson, BSc

Casual Research Assistant

Bev conducts face-to-face assessments with the participants of the Raine Study and manages the delivery of the online questionnaires.

Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Admin/Research Assistant

Ray Smith

Scientific Programmer

Ray works on the ongoing development of the Research Online Management System (ROSS), and the development of a relational database to facilitate efficient data input and extraction of data sets for researchers.

The Raine Study is also supported by a team of research assistants to assist with the collection of data and to support our follow-ups, as well as specialist consultants when required.

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