Research leaders

Research leaders

Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research into the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders. He has also played a major part in the transformational reform of mental health services to better serve the needs of vulnerable young people.

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Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell

Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell is the Director of Research and Translation at Orygen. She is also the Deputy Head of Department of the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and a registered psychologist.

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Professor Eóin Killackey

Eóin Killackey is to Associate Director, Graduate Research and Education and leads the Functional Recovery Research program at Orygen. Eóin’s research is primarily in helping young people with mental illness recover well. This includes finding ways to help young people with their education and employment and improve their physical health.

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Professor Stephen Wood

Professor Stephen Wood is Associate Director, Research and also leads Clinical Translational Neuroscience Research Program at Orygen. He holds honorary positions at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham (UK).

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Professor Paul Amminger

Paul Amminger is a Professorial Research Fellow at Orygen and also Professor of Youth Mental Health at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. His research spans traditional high-risk research in schizophrenia to cutting-edge intervention studies in the onset phase of psychosis and affective disorders.

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Professor Michael Berk

Michael Berk is a Professorial Fellow with Orygen and contributes to our Mood Disorders Research program. Michael’s major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies as well as learning more about the risk factors and prevention of psychiatric disorders. He has published over 500 papers predominantly in mood disorders.

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Professor Sue Cotton

Associate Professor Sue Cotton is the Head, Health Services and Outcomes Research.

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Professor Andrew Chanen

Professor Andrew Chanen is Director of Clinical Programs and Services. Andrew’s research, clinical and training interests lie in prevention and early intervention for severe mental disorders, principally personality disorders, along with mood and psychotic disorders.

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Dr Cali Bartholomeusz

Dr Cali Bartholomeusz is a Senior Research Fellow and provisional clinical psychologist, and a leader in cognitive and neurobiological research within the Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Research program at Orygen.

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Professor Helen Herrman

Helen Herrman is the  Head,  Vulnerable and Disengaged Youth Research at Orygen. She is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne. 

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