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Professor Matt Sanders

Professor Matt Sanders

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) UQ

Professor Sanders’ research lies in prevention and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents; parent training and family intervention.

“I joined UQ in 1979 and I’ve been a member of the School of Psychology since 1996. I am the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, which is recognised as the global leader in the field of evidence-based parenting intervention,” Professor Sanders said.  

Professor Sanders’ body of work with Triple P has grown to represent one of the world’s most extensively evaluated, strongly supported and widely implemented system of parenting intervention. 

“Triple P produces beneficial effects across multiple areas of child, parent and family functioning, across cultures, socioeconomic groups, and age groups from toddlers to teenagers,” he said.

“Triple P, uniquely, is the only parenting intervention to have demonstrated population level effects on child maltreatment. The program is available in 26 countries, translated into 18 languages, with over 75,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to families of over 7 million children.”

Professor Sanders has received a number of prestigious awards, including: Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (2016), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2016), one of UQ’s Top 5 Innovators (2013), the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology (2007) and Queenslander of the Year (2007).