Professor Helen Berry

MA BSc BAppPsych PhD GAICD
Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Helen is the inaugural Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney. She is a widely-cited psychiatric epidemiologist and expert in how climate change, disasters and social and physical place influence mental health and wellbeing. She advises on national and international research programs and is currently working with the Lancet Countdown to include indicators of mental health from 2018. She is also advising on a major new mental health disaster study of the impact of Cyclone Debbie which made landfall over New South Wales, Australia, in March/April 2017. She has developed multiple population screening measures including the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire, the Brief Weather Disaster Trauma Exposure and Impact Screen and others which are included in population health and intervention studies around the world. Helen has been supported by major competitive research funding (e.g., NHMRC, ARC) and other awards and has led influential research-policy initiatives. Her research career builds on a 12-year career in federal and state public policy and on 13 years of voluntary executive leadership service in the relationships services sector. Helen holds an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne and is a Director of Altitude Consulting Pty Ltd, a hi-tech management, business and research consulting company.

Research interests

'Real world' research working with partners in domestic and international organisations, government, business, the 'for social gain' sector with a focus on:

Climate change, mental health and wellbeing

Identity, social relatedness, marginalisation and health

Place, migration and integration (in urban, rural and remote settings)

Creative methodological, statistical and other approaches

Teaching and supervision

Supervision of PhDs (sometimes Masters and Honours theses)

Early career mentoring

Mentoring of women

Current projects

Mental health in the Lancet Countdown (http://www.lancetcountdown.org/)

After the flood -- Community recovery in the Northern Rivers (http://www.ucrh.edu.au/)

Australian National Development Index (ANDI) with the University of Melbourne (www.andi.org.au)

Associations

Member and Graduate,Australian Institute of Company Directors

Awards and honours

Selected recent awards and honours:

2017 Honorary Senior Fellow, Australian National Development Index (ANDI), University of Melbourne

2016 Visiting Scholarship (2nd award): Fudan University, Shanghai, School of Population Health,High-End Foreign Experts Recruitment Program

2015 Invited Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Horizon 20-20 project: Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation. Led by Professor David Hargitt, Eurohealthnet

2015 By invitation, NHMRC panel assessor Targeted Call (wind farms and health)

In the media

Helen has engaged extensively with print, radio and television.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Bail, K., Draper, B., Berry, H., Karmel, R., Goss, J. (2018). Predicting excess cost for older inpatients with clinical complexity: A retrospective cohort study examining cognition, comorbidities and complications. PloS One, 13(2). [More Information]
  • Berry, H., Waite, T., Dear, K., Capon, A., Murray, V. (2018). The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health. Nature Climate Change, 8(4), 282-290. [More Information]

2018

  • Bail, K., Draper, B., Berry, H., Karmel, R., Goss, J. (2018). Predicting excess cost for older inpatients with clinical complexity: A retrospective cohort study examining cognition, comorbidities and complications. PloS One, 13(2). [More Information]
  • Berry, H., Waite, T., Dear, K., Capon, A., Murray, V. (2018). The case for systems thinking about climate change and mental health. Nature Climate Change, 8(4), 282-290. [More Information]

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