Dr Sarah Hetrick is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Melbourne University and headspace The National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Within the Centre of Excellence she leads the area of knowledge translation and exchange and holds an NHMRC training fellowship, the focus of which is on evidence implementation for youth depression. She devised and leads a major initiative called ‘evidence mapping in youth mental health”, the end product of which is located on the headspace website. She leads and provides methodological consultation to a large number of systematic review teams, and is the lead author on a number of Cocharne and non-Cochrane reviews about interventions to prevent and treat young people with depression. She is an Editor with the Cochrane Depression Anxiety and Neurosis Group, with an international profile in Cochrane Systematic Review Methodology. She has also established a program of primary research investigating effective interventions for preventing and treating young people with depression. She is a lead investigator on a large number of randomised controlled trials investigating a range of interventions that include 1. low intensity interventions such as problem solving intervention and physical activity; 2. standard interventions currently used in standard clinical practice such as combiantion CBT and fluoxetine; and, 3. novel interventions such as adjunctive statins and online cognitive behavioural therapy for suicidal youth. A key focus of this work is exploring the process of change that results in treatment effectiveness during therapeutic interventions, and factors that modify treatment outcomes.
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