Program structure

MHPP Co-Directors Team

  • Professor Nick Haslam

    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

    “This PhD Program provides currently enrolled University of Melbourne PhD students working within the domain of mental health with the opportunity to become accomplished graduate researchers who are not only prepared to engage with their own discipline, but are equipped with the capacity to place their work in a broader multidisciplinary context within mental health.”

  • Professor Jane Pirkis

    Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

    “A PhD position is a big commitment and this program creates a platform to support a true cohort experience and provide a network of support, aimed to help PhD candidates working within the mental health domain through their doctorate and beyond.”

  • Professor Sarah Whittle

    Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School

    “Undertaking a PhD can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life, yet sometimes, as one buries deeper into their topic, there is risk of feeling quite isolated and disconnected. The Mental Health PhD Program provides a wonderful opportunity to share the journey, connect with others with similar interests, and gain exposure to the broader mental health research landscape.”

  • Associate Professor Kelly Allott

    Centre for Youth Mental Health

    “The Mental Health PhD Program is a vibrant community of post-graduate students who share a common passion and interest in creating new knowledge in the field of mental health, but who come at this through different disciplines, lenses and research methodologies. This program provides a wonderful and unique opportunity for exposure to different ways of thinking about similar problems in a supportive, collaborative and engaging way.”

  • Associate Professor Jess Nithianantharajah

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

    “To transform our understandings into mental health and metal ill-health, we really need multifaceted complimentary approaches that span preclinical tools to clinical approaches and services. This PhD Program provides a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to this breadth of multidisciplinary research that is available within Parkville and the University of Melbourne, and to share their PhD journey with a diverse cohort that will get them thinking about all the levels at which we need to tackle research in the mental health field.”

MHPP Operations Manager

The Mental Health PhD Program now has a wonderful Operations Manager: Brendan Pearl (Department of Psychiatry). Brendan is involved in the organisation, coordination and promotion of many of our great events.

MHPP Event Coordinators

The Mental Health PhD Program has a new online platform with a team of Event Coordinators. This is a team of current MHPP PhD students who help organise events and provide a true cohort experience. The invaluable contributions of these wonderful MHPP members is what makes the Program truly great!

It is also a great way for members to work on their transferable skills, expand their CVs and create a vast multidisciplinary network with the University of Melbourne. If you would like to join the MHPP and are perhaps interested in taking on the role of Event Coordinator for some time during your PhD journey then please visit the application tab here. We would love to hear from you!

  • Eva Guerrero Hreins

    Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health

  • Tessa Cutler

    Centre for Mental Health

  • Amy Coe

    Department of General Practice

  • Annai Charlton

    Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health

  • Jesse Tse

    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

  • Rebecca Cooper

    Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, Department of Psychiatry

  • Madeleine Connolly

    Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

  • Krista Fisher

    Centre for Youth Mental Health

  • Lucy Zhang

    Department of Psychiatry