Research leaders

Research leaders

Professor Alison Yung

Alison Yung is Associate Director, Graduate Research at Orygen; Professor of Psychiatry and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne; and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester.

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Professor Barnaby Nelson

Barnaby Nelson is a clinical psychologist and researcher. He leads the Ultra-high Risk for Psychosis Research program and works clinically at one Orygen's headspace centres. His work focuses on identification strategies, prediction of outcome and treatments for young people who are at ultra-high risk for psychosis.

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Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen and Director, eOrygen. Mario has pioneered the use of online social media to foster long-term recovery in youth mental health.

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Associate Professor Andrew Thompson

Dr Thompson leads the early psychosis research stream at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) at Orygen and is the lead psychiatrist and research lead for the national headspace Youth Early Psychosis services.

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Dr Aswin Ratheesh

Dr Aswin Ratheesh is a consultant psychiatrist with clinical, research and academic roles at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.

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Associate Professor Kelly Allott

Dr Kelly Allott is a postdoctoral research fellow and clinical neuropsychologist at Orygen. Her research focuses on the role of cognition, including memory, language and reasoning, in youth psychiatric disorders. This work is aimed at helping us understand more about cognition and how cognition affects and influences functional and symptomatic aspects of psychosis.

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Dr Gillinder Bedi

Dr Gillinder Bedi is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen and the University of Melbourne, and a clinical psychologist. She joined Orygen in 2017 to lead the development of a substance use research program.

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Associate Professor Sarah Bendall

Dr Sarah Bendall is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen. She delivers, supervises and researches new psychological interventions for young people with complex mental health problems.

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Associate Professor Simon Rice

Dr Simon Rice is a Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. He leads Orygen’s young men’s mental health research stream where he is developing new ways to engage and support young men experiencing mental ill health.

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Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Associate Professor Jo Robinson leads Orygen’s suite of research programs around suicide prevention. Her work focuses on improving our knowledge about the best approaches to reduce suicide risk among young people. This includes developing programs, testing novel approaches that specifically target at-risk youth, and translating the research evidence into practice and policy.

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