Graduate research projects

Graduate research projects

Orygen offers a diverse range of graduate research projects supervised by world leaders in youth mental health research and clinical care.

Select a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) project from the list below to find out more and follow the steps to apply.

Title Interests Supervisors Type
Applying a gendered lens to body image and eating disorders in elite and recreational sports Mental health in elite sports; mental health in performance settings; disordered eating; gender and social psychiatry. PhD
A naturalistic investigation of therapy on psychosis outcomes and predictions in youth Ultra-high risk for psychosis; predicting psychosis outcomes; psychotherapy. MPhil or PhD
Can data-driven stratification match people to therapies? Ultra-high risk for psychosis; precision medicine, psychotherapy; machine learning. MPhil or PhD
Clinical utility of electroencephalogram to detect glutamate abnormalities in psychosis First episode psychosis; clinical high risk for psychosis; electroencephalogram; psychosis prediction; precision medicine. MPhil or PhD
Cognitive strengths, motivation and functioning in first-episode psychosis First episode psychosis; cognition; cognitive strengths; rehabilitation. MPhil or PhD
Don't judge a book by its cover: discovering neurobiological subtypes of depression Major depressive disorder; sub-types of depression; clinical, neuroimaging, genetic and mobile phone data. MPhil or PhD
Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a new surveillance system for self-harm in Victoria Self-harm and suicide; suicide prevention; health economics; health systems. PhD
Evaluation of HOPE aftercare service for suicide prevention Suicide and self-harm; suicide prevention; aftercare; health systems. MPhil or PhD
Exploring the role of self-compassion in the mental health of performing artists Self-compassion; performing arts; mental health intervention development. PhD
Hybrid: a trial of virtual reality, neurofeedback and psychological therapy for hallucinations Psychosis; virtual reality; cognitive behaviour therapy. MPhil or PhD
Longitudinal Study of Teenagers with Endometriosis, Period and Pelvic Pain (LongSTEPPP) study Endometriosis; paediatric and adolescent gynaecology; depression; anxiety; personality functioning; chronic pain. PhD
Multimodal approach to preventing suicide in schools Suicide prevention; education systems; program evaluation; cognitive behavioural therapy. MPhil
Needs of young people with mental ill-health as they transition to education and training Mental health; educational and vocational support; recovery. PhD
Neurodevelopmental conditions and neuropsychological functioning in first-episode psychosis First episode psychosis; cognition; neurodevelopmental difficulties. MPhil or PhD
Predicting clinical outcomes in young people at high risk of psychosis Ultra-high risk for psychosis; predicting psychosis onset; predicting clinical outcomes; speech/facial expression data; digital phenotype data. PhD
Suicide among young females: a comparative case study in Australia and India to investigate trends, drivers and service response Suicide prevention; female suicide; help-seeking. PhD
Treating the cognitive difficulties of young people with depression Depression; cognition; app-based cognitive training; memory-specificity training. PhD
Understanding and improving sexual wellbeing in young people with mental ill-health Sexual wellbeing; high-risk sexual behaviours; mental health. MPhil or PhD
Which young people are at risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes? Anxiety; depression; predictors of mental ill-health; early intervention. MPhil or PhD
Developing evidence base around successful implementation and scale-up of the youth mental health integrated care model Integrated care model; enhanced primary care; transformation and implementation; health systems. MPhil or PhD
Enhancing engagement: factors associated with young people’s use of digital mental health interventions Digital mental health interventions; implementation science; artificial intelligence; chatbots; personalised care. PhD
Identifying cognitive impairment in youth mental health care: understanding and improving implementation Cognitive impairment; cognitive screening; knowledge translation. MPhil or PhD
Understanding user-experience of a novel digital intervention for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours Suicide prevention; depression; interpersonal theory of suicide; novel treatments. PhD
Developing and evaluating novel virtual reality treatments for youth mental health Virtual reality, digital interventions; qualitative methodologies; experimental methodologies, co-design; pilot trial. MPhil or PhD
Validating the clinical staging model of mood and psychotic disorders using brain-based measures Mood and anxiety disorders; neurobiological mechanisms; clinical data; psychosocial data; neurobiological data; genetic data; computational modelling; machine learning. PhD
The impact of in vivo brain glutamate concentration on electroencephalogram derived glutamate abnormalities Psychosis; predicting psychosis; predicting mental illness; EEG; cognition. MPhil or PhD
Defining clinically-relevant non-abstinence treatment outcomes for young people with cannabis use disorder Cannabis use disorder; novel pharmacotherapies. PhD
New models of clinical care: clinicians’ perspectives on integrating digital interventions into their practice Digital mental health interventions; implementation science; human-computer interaction. PhD
Understanding complexity in youth mental health using integrated population-level data Mental health; health systems; health service utilisation; machine learning. PhD