Prof. Helen Christensen

Director and Chief Scientist

Black Dog Institute

Director and Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute and Professor of Mental Health, University of New South Wales.

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen (AO) is director and chief scientist at the Black Dog Institute and a professor of mental health at UNSW. She is chief investigator for the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Elizabeth Blackman Fellow in Public Health, and previously one of only two NHMRC John Cade Research Fellows. She is also on the Million Minds panel, a government initiative that has brought together the most distinguished academics and mental health professionals to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and suicide.

Professor Christensen is a leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide, and self-harm. Her research also encompasses prevention of mental health problems in young people through school-based research programs. These programs are aimed at prevention of depression and suicide risk through eMental Health interventions.