Youth Research Council

  • Christine Abdelmalek

    Christine is from Melbourne and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Deakin University. She dreams of becoming a psychologist working in a multi-disciplinary team within a hospital, of teaching psychology and influencing change at a government level, and of being able to contribute to the extensive literature that already exists in the field of psychology.  Read more

  • Ella Svensson

    Ella has lived in Melbourne for most of her life but is originally from New South Wales. She is currently studying an honours degree in psychology at the University of Melbourne, with the hope of continuing onto a career working in child and adolescent psychology. She has a particular interest in the area of early intervention, and hopes to one day contribute to research and practice in the area.  Read more

  • Jia-Wern Toh

    Jia-Wern is an aspiring clinical psychologist and passionate youth mental health advocate who has volunteered with Orygen since 2010. Jia-Wern is particularly interested in the role of technology in youth mental health.  Read more

  • Jo Farmer

    Joanna is a member of the Youth Research Council. She currently works full time as a Senior Consultant in the Economic and Social Advisory team at Urbis, providing policy advice and evaluation in a range of sectors in Australia, including health, education, disability and justice. Joanna has a particular interest and background in health policy, with a focus on developing connected, person-centred health systems.  Read more

  • Nicholas Fava

    Nicholas Fava is passionate about utilising programs and research to advocate for a youth-friendly community that is mental health-literate, free from stigma, and promotes wellbeing and inclusivity. Originally from Gippsland, Nicholas moved to Melbourne for his university studies. Nicholas is a psychology graduate, now studying a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.  Read more

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