Professor Helen Herrman

Professor Helen Herrman

Professor Helen Herrman picture
Head, Vulnerable and Disengaged Youth Research


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. 

At Orygen she leads the Vulnerable and disengaged youth research area, funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council, designed to improve the mental health of young people in out of home care. Her other research programs include youth, technology and mental health, and depression in primary health care.

Helen Herrman has a background of clinical, academic and service development work in the fields of community mental health care for people with psychosis, the assessment of outcomes and quality of life for people with disabilities, and mental health promotion. 

Helen is President-Elect of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists and Vice President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health.  

She received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ College Citation in 2010 for contributions to national and international psychiatry, and International Distinguished Fellowship of the American Psychiatric Association in 2009. She was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2013.

Research Interests

Vulnerable and disengaged youth, community mental health, mental health promotion.