BA, MA, PostGradDip (Auckland), PhD (Clinical Psychology) (UQ)
Professor Matthew Sanders – founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program – is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Sanders has built a highly regarded international reputation for conducting outstanding research and translating it into practical programs which promote stronger families and prevent and address childhood behavior problems. He is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population-based approaches to parenting and family interventions.
The Triple P parenting system has now helped approximately 7 million families worldwide. It is used in 28 countries and has been translated into 22 languages other than English. More than 68,000 practitioners have been trained it its delivery.
Professor Sanders has consulted and advised governments at senior policy levels in Australia, Canada, UK, Eire, Switzerland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran, Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, Indonesia and the Netherlands. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and is Expert Consultant on Positive Parenting to the Council of Europe. In 2006 he met and discussed policy with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, shortly before the Government launched a national parenting initiative, which included Triple P.
Professor Sanders is also an Honorary Professor at Manchester University, University of South Carolina, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Auckland. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including; Distinguished Career Award (2017) from the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (2016), the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology (2007), Queenslander of the Year (2007) and the International Collaborative Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research (2004).
2020 AO Award (Officer of the Order of Australia, General division)
2018 Queensland Great Award,
2017 Distinguished Career Award Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy,
2016 Honorary Fellow Academy for Social Sciences in Australia,
2016 Honorary Fellow Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy,
2013 Top Five Innovators Award University of Queensland,
2011 Bennett Lecturer Pennsylvania State University,
2010 Kurt Aaron Orator Princess Alexandra Hospital,
2010 30-year Membership Australian Psychological Society (APS),
2009 Honorary President Canadian Psychological Association,
2007 Trailblazer Award Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT),
2007 Queenslander of the Year Australia,
2007 President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Australian Psychological Society (APS),
2004 Fellow Australian Psychological Society (APS),
2004 International Collaborative Prevention Research Award Society for Prevention Research (SPR),
2003 Fellow Academy of Experimental Criminology,
1997 Distinguished Career Award Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,
1997 National Violence Prevention Award Australian Heads of Government,
1995 National Violence Prevention Award Australian Heads of Government