Our Board

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) was incorporated in March 2001 with its own Board, whose role is to help set the objective and facilitate the achievements of PIRI by providing experience and knowledge to assist in PIRI’s development, to act as a guiding body and strategic directions assist with fundraising and to improve community awareness and networking. Prof Jeannette Milgrom is the Executive Director and founder of PIRI. The Board is chaired by Prof. Helen Skouteris, and Prof. Jeannette Milgrom AM is the Exceutive Director. Its members include Ms. Sarah Jones (Treasurer), Ms. Barbara Wellesley AM, Ms. Jennifer Ericksen, Ms. Leonie Young, Mr. Brad Ward and Prof. Lyn Littlefield. Located at Austin Health, Medical Director supports the Board as the hospital nominee.

PIRI Board Members



Professor Helen Skouteris
Chairperson, PIRI

Helen Skouteris is the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University. Helen is focused on establishing long term collaborative research and education/training programs in healthcare improvement, and implementation science/health services research. Helen has a strong track record in longitudinal multi-factorial research, randomised controlled trials, implementation research and higher degree research supervision. Her work has been focused extensively on maternal and child health, as well as on social service and educational sector improvement.

Professor Jeannette Milgrom AM
Executive Director, PIRI

Jeannette Milgrom is Professor of Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical and Health Psychology at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia. Jeannette pioneered ‘The Infant Clinic’ and in 2001 established the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) focusing on high-risk infants, postnatal depression, and developing psychological treatments. She has had international recognition for her work with mothers and babies, and her book on treating postnatal depression has been translated Read more…

Ms Sarah Jones
Treasurer, PIRI

Sarah is a qualified Accountant (CPA) and Financial Services specialist who has successfully led Finance, Risk and IT Teams and delivered complex regulatory, data and reporting projects by using her superior leadership and stakeholder management skills supported by over 15 years’ experience as an Accountant and Project Manager. She also holds a Business Degree, MBA and is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sarah spent over 8 years living in the UK working for large Banks such as RBS and Barclays, returning home at the end of 2015 to start a family.

Ms Jennifer Ericksen
Board Member, PIRI

Jennifer Ericksen is a Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist, Program and Training Manager at the Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health. She has specialised in developing and evaluating clinical interventions for mothers and fathers experiencing anxiety and depression during the child bearing years. She has worked with PIRI over the past 22 years, contributed to the development of a number of PIRI programs and has an interest in seeing these translated into practice.

Ms Barbara Wellesley AM
Board member, PIRI

Barbara Wellesley was the co-founder and National Director (1997-2007) of Good Beginnings, Australia. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours in 2006, for her services to child health and nursing, (particularly the services to Good Beginnings). She is currently the Convenor of the Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance of children and Young People (ARACY), , Director of Decided Advantage (social research consultancy), ongoing member Read more…

Leonie Young, NGO & Public Sector Consultant
Board member, PIRI

Extensive 20 years experience in health and primary care reform as a successful CEO, Board Director, NGO and public sector executive. Formerly CEO and Board Director of beyondblue: the national depression initiative (July 2003 – December 2010); played strong role in Australia’s mental health reforms, including improving community awareness, consumer and carer participation,Read more…

Brad Ward
Board member, PIRI

Company Director of Medical Minds Pty Ltd, a leading strategic marketing and brand development organisation for medical and health care professionals. He has a national reputation for helping to deliver strategic marketing and advertising solutions for health care professionals and organisations using marketing science and social science research. Brad is also a marketing researcher and academic with a keen interest in consumer psychology, service innovation and emerging digital technologies.

Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM
Board member, PIRI

Recently retired as the Executive Director of the Australian Psychological Society. Previously the Head of the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University and the Inaugural Director of the Victorian Parenting Centre. Extensively involved in many Federal Government Advisory Committees to do with mental health and had leadership roles in KidsMatter and HeadSpace, as well as being instrumental in obtaining funding for psychologists to deliver mental health services under Medicare. Lyn is a clinical child and family psychologist and was awarded an OAM for “service to the welfare of children and families,…and the development and advancement of training and education in the field of child, adolescent and family psychology.”

Ms Barbara Frazer
Minute Secretary & Manager, PIRI

Barbara Frazer has had extensive experience at Austin Health in administration and project management. She has played a major part in the preparation work necessary to incorporate PIRI and continues to play a key role in plans for development.