Professor Andrew Thompson
Professor Andrew Thompson picture
Head of Psychosis Research / Head of Virtual Reality Research

Professor Andrew Thompson is a professor of youth mental health and a consultant psychiatrist. He leads the early psychosis research stream at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) at Orygen. He is also the lead psychiatrist and research lead for national headspace early psychosis services.

Andrew also holds an honorary Associate Professor position at the University of Warwick in the UK. 

Andrew completed his medical degree at the University of Oxford and a research MD at the University of London. He trained as a psychiatrist both in the UK and Australia, obtaining fellowships in both countries. Additionally, he received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Young Psychiatrist Research Award in 2013.

Andrew has received major research funding in Australia and the UK including for:

  • the development of a national network for early psychosis research and quality improvement
  • a major virtual reality treatment trial psychosis from the Wellcome Trust.

Andrew’s major academic interests include risk factors for developing psychosis and novel interventions to treat early or emerging psychosis including using technology such as virtual reality. He is also interested in defining and understanding predictors of clinical outcomes in early psychosis.

Read more about Andrew's work in his Find an Expert profile on the University of Melbourne's website.

Research team members

Dr Eleanor Brown
Dr Imogen Bell
Dr Jennifer Nicholas
Dr Roos Pot-Kolder
Dr Michelle Tennant
Carli Ellinghaus
Jessica Spark
Cassie Li

Research Interests

First episode psychosis, ultra-high risk and psychotic-like experiences, virtual reality and virtual worlds, clinical quality registries, clinical trials and translation networks.