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.

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.​