Our research is conducted by psychiatrists and mental health clinicians from all disciplines in consultation with consumers and carers.
Our researchers include the new disciplines of Behavioural Health and Digital Psychiatry and our core partners at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Mental Health Service and at SAHMRI.
We focus on a broad range of research from basic science to implementing research findings into clinical practice, and from biological to psychological treatments of mental illness. These research programs include the genetics of depression, finding out how medications work in the laboratory and through genetic testing, and developing bio markers, particularly EEG (electrical impulses) for people with psychosis, (ie schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).
Our clinical research focuses on the factors and interventions that influence human behaviour. Our current trials include testing the role of the Flinders self-management program in helping people with long-term psychosis to improve their cardiovascular health and we are Australian leaders in testing models of low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression delivered by community members and in cognitive behaviour therapy for people with Gambling Disorders.
Our ground-breaking digital research is testing how mobile phones can provide real time monitoring of mood, activity, sleep and other physical measures as well as provide online interventions to assist people with mental illness.
Underpinning these various research themes is the development of a registry to monitor people with distress and mental illness over the long-term, which will underpin our established expertise in using research to design new models of care in hospitals and the community, including major contributions to the Victorian Royal Commission into mental illness.