Child and Youth Mental Health Research Group

Led by the Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor Christel Middeldorp, the Child and Youth Mental Health Research Group aims to improve outcomes for families with children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. The group hopes to achieve this by investigating risk and protective factors for the development and persistence of childhood and adolescent mental health symptoms, and through the development and evaluation of new treatment and prevention programs.

Group leader

Senior researchers

  • Andrea Baldwin

    Dr Andrea Baldwin

    Service Development Leader
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
  • Dr William Bor

    Research Consultant
    Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMHS), Academic Research Unit
  • Vanessa Cobham

    Associate Professor Vanessa Cobham

    Advanced Psychologist
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Dr Michael Daubney

    Medical Director
    Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Services
  • Alexandra De Young

    Dr Alexandra De Young

    Service Evaluation Research Coordinator
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
    Honorary Senior Research Fello
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Olivia Donaghy

    Olivia Donaghy

    A/Statewide Gender Service Coordinator
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Kathryn Eadie

    State-wide Service Evaluation and Research Coordinator
    Evolve Therapeutic Services State-wide, Enoggera
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
  • Associate Professor Scott Harden

    Forensic CYMHS
    CHQ HHS
  • Elisabeth Hoehn

    Dr Elisabeth Hoehn

    Medical Director
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • Adrienne Irvine

    Adrienne Irvine

    Project Co-ordinator
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • Naomi Kikkawa

    Naomi Kikkawa

    Telehealth Co-ordinator
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • Chelsea Leach

    Dr Chelsea Leach

    Forensic CYMHS
    CHQ HHS
  • Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

    Clinical/Research Psychologist
    CYMHS Academic Research Unit
  • Claire McAllister

    Claire McAllister

    Psychiatry Registrar
    CYMHS Gender Clinic
  • Dr Anita Nepean-Hutchison

    Dr Anita Nepean-Hutchison

    Professional Development Co-ordinator
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • Leanne Payne

    Dr Leanne Payne

    Service Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Jacaranda Place and AET Statewide, CYMHS, CHQ HHS
    Adjunct Fellow
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Ms Madeleine Pearl

    Service Evaluation Research Coordinator, Adolescent Extended Treatment Services CYMHS
  • Cate Rawlinson

    Cate Rawlinson

    Service Development Leader
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • Stephen Stathis

    Medical Director
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Dr Daniel Sullivan

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Academic Research Unit, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Children's Health Queensland
    Adjunct Associate Lecturer/Fellow
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Daniel Wilson

    Dr Daniel Wilson

    Psychologist
    Adjunct Fellow
    Child Health Research Centre
  • Tania Withington

    Dr Tania Withington

    Adjunct Fellow
    Child Health Research Centre
    Team Leader, Eating Disorders
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service

Research assistants and PhD students

  • Ms Isabella Andersen

    Senior Research Assistant
    Child Health Research Centre
    Academic Research Unit, Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Mr Samuel Cannon

    Senior Research Assistant
    Child Health Research Centre
    Academic Research Unit, Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Ms Akina Kato

    Casual Research Assistant
    Child Health Research Centre
    Research Assistant
    Academic Research Unit, Child and Youth Mental Health Service
  • Susan Kinsella

    PhD student
    Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
  • Sally O’Scanaill

    Research Assistant
    Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Academic Research Unit
  • Ayu Paramecwari

    PhD student
    Child Health Research Centre

A collaborative research project carried out by The University of Queensland and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam analysed more than 400,000 individuals to determine the genes behind these five psychiatric disorders.

UQ psychiatrist Professor Christel Middeldorp said several sets of genes marked all five disorders.​