Professor Matthew Sanders


School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
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Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is also a consulting Professor at The University of Manchester, a visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, and holds adjunct Professorships at Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Auckland. As the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population based approaches to parenting and family interventions. Triple P is currently in use in many countries worldwide. Professor Sanders’ work has been widely recognised by his peers as reflected a number of prestigious awards. In 2007, he received the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and in 2004 he received an International Collaborative Prevention Science award from the Society for Prevention Research in the US. In 2007 he received a Trailblazers Award from the Parenting and Families Special Interest Group in the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy and in 2008 was became a fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society. Professor Sanders has also won a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour therapy, was named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association (2009), and Queenslander of the Year (2007).

Research Impacts

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 empirically supported, beneficial effects across multiple indices of child, parent and family functioning, across cultures, socioeconomic groups, and age groups from toddlers to teenagers. Triple P, uniquely, is the only parenting intervention to have demonstrated population level effects on child maltreatment.

Prof Sanders has established a globally recognised leading centre for research on children and families. The PFSC is among the most well connected global research centres at UQ. The PFSC has linkages with researchers and institutions across Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT: Professor Sanders’ research on parenting has made a significant academic and social impact internationally. He is considered a world leader in the development, implementation and evaluation and dissemination of population based approached to the delivery of parenting and family interventions and has developed the first evidence based population level based approach to parenting to improve the mental health and well-being of children.

INNOVATION: Prof. Sanders has overseen the development of a range of specialty programs to cater for specific areas of need, including parents of children with a disability or chronic illness, parents going through divorce or separation, first-time parents, Indigenous parents, grandparents, and parents of children who are overweight or obese. These developments have led to dramatic improvements for the lives of children, their families and the communities they inhabit.

Today, over 300 different researchers from more than 50 different institutions in 16 countries have conducted Triple P studies including over 60 independent evaluations. Triple P is now available in 25 countries, translated into 18 languages, with over 75,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to families of over 7 million children.

CITATIONS: Prof Sanders’ has been cited over 10,110 times with 5,958 citations since 2008. Prof. Sanders has an H-index of 54 (Google Scholar 30/7/13) and i10-index of 163. Prof. Sanders’ unique multilevel system of intervention has been subjected to intensive scientific scrutiny with 159 studies conducted, including over 50 RCT’s and 6 independent meta analyses, published in field-leading journals such as the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Behavior Therapy, and Prevention Science. Professor Sanders has published 329 scientific papers, books, book chapters, including 263 journal articles.

In line with the University of Queensland’s mission to make science knowledge accessible, Professor Sanders is actively involved in the community and appears regularly on various television and radio programs and regularly deliver presentations and facilitate workshops dealing with parenting and children’s behaviour. He also acts as a media spokesperson for the Australian Psychological Society on child and family issues.


  • PhD in Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Dip Edu Psychology, The University of Auckland
  • MA, The University of Auckland
  • BA, The University of Auckland


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Turner, K. M. T. and Sanders, M. R. (2013) Triple P Online. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Triple P International.

  • Sanders, M. R. and Ralph, A. (2001) Family intervention and prevention in childhood and adolescence in P.F. Schlottke, R.K. Silbereisen, S. Schneider and G.W. Lauth (eds.) Enzyklopadie der Psychologie, Serie II: Klinische Psychologie, Band : Storungen im Kindes-und Jungendalter. Gottingen: Hogrefe

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision