Professor Helen Christensen is the Director of the Black Dog Institute, Professor of Mental Health at the University of NSW, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, Visiting Research Professor at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney, Public Policy Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy, Australian National University and NHMRC John Cade Fellow in Mental Health. Professor Christensen completed her PhD in Psychology at the UNSW Australia in 1989 and undertook post-doctoral training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London.
Professor Christensen’s research focus is in e-health interventions, particularly prevention and treatment of anxiety, depression and suicide, and she has a demonstrated international track record in cognitive ageing, dementia, pregnancy and cognitive function, suicide epidemiology and advanced methodologies for evaluating scales in anxiety and depression. Areas of interest include the evaluation of online programs for prevention and treatment of mental disorders, integration of new technologies into health care, the development of evidence-informed policy and methods to measure impact and dissemination. She has developed five interactive online psychological interventions for depression and anxiety and published over 400 research articles, reviews, book chapters, consumer books and invited contributions to date.
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Optymise Research Themes
- Clinical efficacy or stepped-care trials of available treatments
- Phase II behavioural and medical therapy clinical trials
- Long-term engagement of young people in their own care