PhD, D.Clin.Psy, MAResearchMeth
Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez is Director, Orygen Digital. Mario has pioneered the use of online social media to foster long-term recovery in youth mental health.
His research focus is on relapse prevention and psychosocial recovery in youth mental health through online social media, mobile-based interventions and new models of positive psychotherapy. Mario has been extensively published in a range of Australian and international publications and has obtained a number of highly competitive research grants.
In 2012, he was awarded the CR Roper Fellowship, a prestigious three-year fellowship awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, as well as the International Early Psychosis Association Young Investigator Award.
In 2013, he was awarded the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research by the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference. In 2014, Mario obtained a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) career development fellowship and was awarded the 2014 Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) rising start award. This award is in recognition of emerging researcher leaders whose work is making a significant impact on the national and international scene, reflecting scientific excellence and public health impact. In 2015, he attained the 2015 Research Excellence Award by the NHMRC being the top Ranked applicant Australia-Wide in the Career Development Fellowship Scheme.