Prof Henry Jackson

Professor of Psychology in Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a clinical psychologist

Henry is a Professor in Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He holds a Bachelors (1970) and a Masters degree (1973) from Auckland University, a PhD from Monash University (1981) and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne (1987).

Henry is a clinical psychologist who worked as a fulltime public practice clinician for 13 years before entering academia in 1991. From 2005-2007 Henry served as Head of the School of Behavioural Science (now renamed Psychological Sciences).

Henry’s research expertise is in clinical psychology with regards to youth mental health and severe mental illness, especially in the fields of early psychosis and personality disorders. He has authored or co-authored over 170 papers in refereed journals, 14 book chapters and co-edited three books. He has been a Chief Investigator on many grants including the large NH&MRC Program and Clinical Centre of Excellence Grants on early psychosis both of which were awarded to ORYGEN in 2004. He has supervised to completion 13 PhDs, 25 other higher degrees, and 28 Honours students. He serves on the boards of a number of journals.  Henry was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2009.

He is the 2004 winner of the Distinguished Career Award presented by the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy and is the 2005 winner of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)’s Ian Matthew Campbell Prize in clinical psychology. He was Chair of the NH&MRC Project Grants Committee for Psychology and Psychiatry in 2003 and 2004 and previously served as a member of that panel in 2001 and 2002. He is an ex-National President of the Board (now College) of Clinical Psychologists of the APS.  From 2006-2009 he served as President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. He has served as Chair of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology (HODSPA). Currently, he is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Rotary Health Research Committee.

Prof Maxwell Bennett

Professor of Neuroscience in the University of Sydney, Scientific Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute

Maxwell Bennett is Professor of Neuroscience in the University of Sydney, Scientific Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute and holds the first University Chairs awarded for research ‘recognized internationally as of exceptional distinction’. He graduated in Electrical Engineering and did his doctoral research in Zoology at Melbourne University before turning to the brain sciences and being appointed to the second Personal Chair at Sydney University, after Lord May. His books and papers are concerned with research on the formation and function of synaptic connections between cells in the brain, on the history and philosophy of the brain sciences, and on science policy. His most recent books are

The Idea of Consciousness, History of the Synapse, Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience, Neuroscience & Philosophy:Brain, Mind & Language, and History of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Amongst the organizations he has founded to promote science and brain research are the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience.

Prof Phillipa Hay

Foundation Chair of Mental Health at the UWS School of Medicine, Senior Psychiatrist at the Macarthur Eating Disorder Clinic in Campbelltown and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University

Professor Hay is Foundation Chair of Mental Health at the UWS School of Medicine, Senior Psychiatrist at the Macarthur Eating Disorder Clinic in Campbelltown and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. She is internationally recognised for her leadership and expertise in eating disorders. She is immediate Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and is Co Chair of the Sisterhood and Chapters Committee of the International Academy for Eating Disorders. Her early seminal work was in analytic epidemiologic studies of bulimic eating disorders and this work included her 2003 paper demonstrating the community burden from such eating disorders.  Later studies with A/Prof Jonathan Mond have further explored the diagnostic status of disordered eating behaviours and EDNOS and eating disorder mental health literacy in the community, clinical and professional samples.

More recently she has focussed on research that will lead to a reduction in community and individual burden from eating disorders. Her current research program includes treatment evaluation (e.g. two current NHMRC funded trials of psychotherapies for anorexia nervosa) and public health interventions. She is also a principal reviewer and writer of systematic reviews internationally in the field of eating disorders for the Cochrane Collaboration and Clinical Evidence - work that has been selected for publication in the British Medical Journal.

Professor Hay has been invited to give plenary, keynote and other addresses at scientific meetings in Australasia, Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong and North America. She has also received recognition through being invited to submit numerous articles and commentaries to Australasian and International journals, publications and books. She has been a chief investigator on over 20 funded research grants including those from NHMRC and Rotary Health Research Fund.

Prof Steve Allsop


Director, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Steve Allsop has worked in the drug field for over 20 years and been involved in research and professional development for health, police, education, welfare staff and community organisations.

In addition to being Director of NDRI Professor Allsop is an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for International Health, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University.

He has previously worked as the A/Executive Director, Drug and Alcohol Office, Western Australia and the Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University of South Australia

Prof Gin Malhi


Head of the Discipline of Psychological Medicine at the University of Sydney, Executive Director of the Advanced Research Clinical High-field Imaging (ARCHI) facility at the Faculty's Northern Clinical School

Professor Gin Malhi is Head of the Discipline of Psychological Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also Executive Director of the Advanced Research Clinical High-field Imaging (ARCHI) facility at the Faculty's Northern Clinical School where he leads the newly formed CADE Clinic research unit. He has a longstanding interest in mood disorders particularly bipolar disorder and depression, and uses clinical and neuropsychological assessments in conjunction with neurobiological probes, to investigate the neural basis of affective disorders. His research has been significant in helping clinicians better diagnose complex mental health conditions and using the latest neuroimaging technology, he and his team have recently been able to identify neural markers of bipolar disorder.

Prof Roger Mulder

University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Roger Mulder is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand.

His research interests include personality disorders, mood disorders, and their relationship to treatment outcome, the classification and biology of personality pathology and its treatment.

He has published over 150 articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of Personality and Mental Health and a member of the International Editorial Board for the British Journal of Psychiatry.

A/Prof Nicole Lee

LeeJenn Health Consultants and National Centre for Education and Training on Addictions (NCETA)

Nicole Lee is Director of LeeJenn Health Consultants and Associate Professor at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), and holds adjunct appointments at Curtin and Monash Universities. She was previously Head of Research and Program Leader for Clinical Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. She has been a practicing Psychologist for 18 years and was awarded her PhD in Psychology in 1999. She is Internationally known for her work in co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, particularly amphetamine users, and supporting services to improve their capacity to respond to these issues. 

Whilst at Turning Point she was involved in two major projects improving the capacity of alcohol and drug services to respond to people with personality disorders, and is currently providing methodological support to the NHMRC in the development of guidelines on Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Nicole developed the PsyCheck package of mental health intervention in substance use treatment settings, now used across Australia. She has written a number of clinical treatment guidelines including Managing difficult behaviours, Dual diagnosis, Case management and Amphetamine treatment, and Responding to Challenging Situations Related to the use of Psychostimulants: A Practical Guide for Frontline Workers.  

Her current work is focused on service and workforce development in the alcohol and other drug and mental health fields, and on the translation of research to practice. Nicole serves on the council of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) and as Deputy Editor on the board of Drug and Alcohol Review and was previously on the board of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and served on the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT) for 10 years including as Victorian and Queensland State Presidents and National President.

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