The Child and Youth Mental Health Research Group conducts research with a particular focus across four areas.
The first are studies of the causes and consequences of mental ill health and suicidal behaviour in children and young people. This enables identification of factors that influence mental health in childhood and adolescence. Modifying these factors can prevent the onset of mental illness and improve the wellbeing of children and adolescents.
The second research area addresses bullying victimisation and perpetration in school-aged children. Bullying victimisation is associated with mental illness and poor academic performance.
The third is psychoneuroimmunology. Our research in this area has demonstrated the interplay between the nervous system and the immune system where we have shown some people have psychosis arising from inflammation in the central nervous system.
The fourth research area focuses on clinical trials and health service research. These studies evaluate the effectiveness of innovative treatments for young people at risk of, or living with, mental illness and the outcomes following the implementation of clinical services and lifestyle support for young people living with mental illness.
We gratefully acknowledge the support from the following funding agencies: