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


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


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 a 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 Project Description: 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% of children), with ~50% of those affected continuing to experience symptoms into adulthood. There is a high level of comorbidity with other […]

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

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, and the rise of cyberbullying. Pathological internet use and video-gaming have been associated with mental health issues (such as anxiety and […]

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