Warren Cann

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons), Master of Science (Clinical Psychology), MAPS

Warren Cann is a psychologist and the CEO of the Parenting Research Centre (PRC), a position he has held since 2002.

During this time, the PRC has been recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its applied research, and its capacity building strategies and programs.

Warren has extensive experience in helping policymakers and organisational leaders bring scientific rigor to the practical task of improving the effectiveness of services and supports provided to children and families. 

Among other things, he has played a lead role in:

  • establishing the Australian Government-funded Raising Children Network, a website that provides tips and tools on everyday parenting and connects approximately 10 million visitors per year with trusted information  
  • leading the design and delivery of major national parenting support programs (e.g. MyTime, Early Days)
  • delivering the $8.75 million Early Home Learning Study in Victoria, as a principal investigator
  • designing a practice framework for engaging parents and supporting parental behaviour change
  • co-authoring many information resources and program materials including a program for parents of young adolescents.

Warren has been working with families, training and supporting health and welfare professionals who work with families, and developing and implementing parenting support initiatives since 1986. Warren’s career has focused on building and disseminating evidence-based parenting support, particularly where parents are raising children with complex needs, or are experiencing significant adversity themselves. He has substantial experience in program and practice design and development, and knowledge and skills in research translation and intervention implementation.

Prior to joining the PRC, Warren worked in various roles in the Victorian Government Department of Human Services, including stints as a psychologist in early childhood intervention and protective services. Warren has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Warren has also been appointed Honorary Professor, School of Psychology, at Deakin University.

Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenGCann

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