Psychiatric Genetics

The Psychiatric Genetics Group focuses on investigating the genetic and environmental factors that influence mental health conditions and the impact of non-psychiatric conditions on mental health across the lifespan. The group also have a strong focus on the genetics of brain structure and on women’s health.


  • mental health
  • women’s health
  • neuroimaging
  • translation and public understanding of genomic findings


  • Anna Monistrol Mula, Visiting Student
  • Anne Christelle Doppenberg, Visiting Student
  • Dr Brittany Mitchell, Postdoctoral Research Officer
  • Dan Siskind, Affiliate
  • Emma Maddock, Honours Student
  • Gemma Chavarria Ventura, PhD Student
  • Genevieve Hussey, Honours Student
  • Jihua Hu, PhD Student
  • Associate Professor Jodie Painter, Senior Research Officer
  • Jose Morosoli Garcia, Visiting Scientist
  • Justin Chapman, Visiting Scientist
  • Katrina Grasby, Senior Research Officer
  • Kristen Hopkins, PhD Student
  • Lachlan Strike, Research Officer
  • Lehak Panjanani, Research Assistant
  • Lucia Colodro Conde, Senior Research Fellow
  • Lucy Winkler, Research Interviewer
  • Mary Ferguson, Research Interviewer
  • Murray Falconer, PhD Student
  • Penelope Lind, Senior Research Officer
  • Petra Viher, Visiting Scientist
  • Rebekah Cicero, Administrative Officer, Research Project Supp Officer
  • Richard Parker, Project Manager
  • Roberta Blake, Editorial Assistant
  • Sarah Cipriano, Research Assistant
  • Simone Cross, Laboratory Coordinator
  • Zoe Maloney, Research Assistant
  • Zuriel Ceja De La Cruz, PhD Student, Research Assistant

Internal Collaborators

Selected External Collaborators

  • Dr Ada Johansson, Åbo Akademi University
  • Dr Patrik Jern, Åbo Akademi University
  • Professor Ben Neale, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Professor Paul Thompson, University of Southern California
  • Professor Wendy Slutske, University of Missouri
  • Professor Cecilia Lindgren, Big Data Institute, University of Oxford
  • Dr Triin Laisk, University of Tartu
  • Professor Hayden Homer, University of Queensland
  • Dr Brooke Andrew, Queensland University of Technology
  • Professor Juan R Ordoñana, University of Murcia
  • Associate Professor Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Professor David Evans, University of Queensland
  • Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Consortium (
  • Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) (
  • GWAS & Sequencing Consortium of Alcohol and Nicotine use (GSCAN) Consortium (

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the following funding agencies:

  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Medical Research Future Fund
  • National Institute of Health (USA)
  • Australian Research Council
  • European Research Council
  • Metro North Collaborative Research Grants
  • John Templeton Foundation (USA)
  • Seneca Foundation (Spain)
  • QIMR Berghofer


Genetic and environmental influences on brain structure and function

The project is suitable for an Honours student. Background Genetic and environmental factors influence the structure and function of the human brain. Disentangling and quantifying these sources of variation (genetic and environmental) may be crucial to understanding the brain’s genetic architecture and how it relates to typical and atypical brain function. Aim To provide a […]

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Identifying risk factors for problematic internet use and video gaming in Australian adults

Suitable for Honours students only. This project is most suitable for students with a strong background in Psychology/Psychiatry and statistical analysis. The proliferation of computers, gaming consoles and widespread use of the internet in the last 15 years has resulted in the emergence of behavioural addictions to digital technology, namely the internet and video games, […]

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Health and wellbeing in people with bipolar disorder

Project is suitable for PhD students only. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong and severe psychiatric illness characterized by recurrences of episodes of depression and hypomania or mania. Lithium is the first option in the pharmacotherapy of bipolar disorder. However, only one third of patients have a good response to this treatment, i.e., they often recover […]

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The role of genomics in understanding psychiatric and neurological disease

Project is suitable for PhD students only. Applicants with backgrounds in Psychology, Psychiatry, Statistics or Public Health are preferred. Over the past decade, large-scale collaborative projects have significantly increased our knowledge and understanding of the genetic risk factors for mental health and neurological conditions across the lifespan. Translation of genetic findings is usually conceptualised as […]

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Assessing the cost and impact of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Australia

Project is suitable for PhD students only. The project will require a strong background in statistics and research methodology. Applicants with backgrounds in Psychology/Psychiatry, Statistics or Public Health are preferred. BACKGROUND ADHD (defined as an inability to focus, high levels of impulsivity and age-inappropriate hyperactivity) is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder (affecting around 5% […]

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Statistical genetic analyses of psychotic and mood disorders

PhD or Honours project. Seeking a motivated student with experience in psychology, genetics, epidemiology or statistics dry lab analysis focused project. BACKGROUND Psychiatric disorders rank fifth in global causes of disease, contributing nearly 20% to non-fatal disease burden. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are associated with a substantial genetic risk, with genetic estimated to explain 60-80% […]

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Exploring the genetic basis of depression

PhD or Honours project. Seeking a motivated student with experience in psychology, genetics, epidemiology or statistics for dry lab analysis focused project. BACKGROUND One in five Australians will be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime, and approximately one third of those will not respond to treatment. While some progress has been made in understanding the […]

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