Clinical and Health Psychology

Research Overview

Our Laboratory brings together a number of staff members who are interested in the phenomenology, classification, etiology, maintenance and outcomes of mental disorders across the entire lifespan. Of particular interest are borderline personality disorder, mental health in older people, early psychosis, at risk for psychosis populations, eating disorders and depressive and anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia.We are also interested in factors that promote healthy ageing.

We are focused on the mechanisms underlying the emergence and maintenance of disorders, e.g., genetics, gene-environment interactions, endophenotypes, social cognition, schemas, reasoning biases, meta-cognition and emotional regulation. We also examine the role of comorbidities, stigma, culture, explanatory models, stress, coping, and resilience in affecting the course and outcome of disorders.

We have developed and evaluated new psychological treatments for young people who are at 'ultra' high risk for developing psychosis as well as those with first-episode psychotic disorders, and youth with emerging borderline personality disorder. We are also interested in assessing the relationships between mental and physical health, particularly in hospital and medical settings, and  have implemented and tested psychological interventions for patients with medical illnesses (i.e., multiple sclerosis, coronary heart disease, prostate, breast and gynaecologic cancers) and for different ethnic groups.

Collectively, we are focussed on promoting recovery and examining factors that promote quality of life in individuals with mental disorders and/or physical disorders. To this end we are investigating the comparative efficacy and effectiveness of psychological treatments and new modes of treatment delivery, e.g., e-health.


Associate Professor Lisa Phillips
Dr Isabel Krug
Dr Litza Kiropoulos
Emeritus Professor Henry James Jackson
Associate Professor Carol Hulbert
Associate Professor Christina Bryant

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Laboratory Director Associate Professor Carol Hulbert

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Unit / Centre

MDHS Research library
Explore by researcher, school, project or topic.