Meet the team

The YES team is based at the University of Melbourne, in the School of Global and Population Health. The team is lead by Associate Professor Allison Milner.

To get in touch with one of our team members, please send an email to or call (03) 9035 4554.

Research team

A/ Prof Allison Milner
Lead Investigator

Allison is a Deputy Director of the Disability and Health Unit, Melbourne School Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. Her current areas of research interests include the influence of gender, employment characteristics, quality of work, and occupation as determinants of mental health. Allison focuses on specific groups that may be particularly likely to face disadvantage in terms of obtaining and staying in work, such as people with disabilities. Allison’s work ranges across a number of externally-funded etiologic and intervention projects. She works with key policy stakeholders to promote research on the link between employment and psychosocial disability.

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Stefanie Dimov
Project Manager

Stefanie has an Honours degree in Psychology and is currently working at the University of Melbourne as a project manager. She has lots of experience working on longitudinal studies with babies, teens, young people and adults. Stefanie is interested in what aspects of employment for young people lead to better health and wellbeing as they grow up.

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Marissa Shields
PhD Candidate

Marissa has a Masters of Public Health and currently works as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne. Her research has focused on disability, mental health, and social determinants of health, such as employment. Marissa is interested in how unemployment impacts the health of young people as they transition from school to work.