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Scientific Advisory Committee

Professor Greg Murray

Qualifications: BSc, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip Gestalt, MPsych (Clin), PhD (Melbourne)

Prof Greg Murray is currently a Research Leader in Psychology, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University.  Professor Murray has a national and international reputation for clinical psychology research, being ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in the fields of Affect, Personality, Bipolar Disorders and Circadian Rhythms ( He has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters and two books.  He has been a chief investigator on national competitive grants totalling more than $8 million in Australia and overseas. Relative to international citation benchmarks, his average publication is 'well above world standard' (ERA 5). He has supervised 24 higher degree research students to completion. His most recent research award was the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award.


Professor Murray is a practising clinical psychologist, with strong industry linkages.  He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) in 2013, and was foundation Chair of headspace Hawthorn (2013 – 2017).  He is patron of Bipolar Life, a community support group for people with bipolar disorder.  Professor Murray's work has had significant translational impact.  He wrote the APS guidelines for treating bipolar disorder, and the psychological components for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Mood Disorder Guidelines (2015).  Professor Murray is an active public intellectual, having provided more than 150 media pieces and 50 public talks on his research.  He has won multiple individual awards for teaching, and provided professional development workshops for hundreds of psychologists and psychiatrists across Australia and overseas.  He has been an invited speaker at the world's leading research centres, including UC Berkeley, Harvard, and University of British Columbia. He is Deputy Lead of the Canada-based CREST.BD, an international research network studying psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder.  At University of Melbourne and Swinburne, he has played significant academic leadership roles, including Head of Psychology, Clinic Director, Director of Clinical Programs, and Deputy Dean. Based on his record of research, teaching and leadership, he was promoted to full Professor in 2011, 10 years after completing his PhD.

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni OAM

Qualifications: MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD

Professor Jayashri KULKARNI commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.

Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked mainly in Emergency Medicine before deciding to specialise in Psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997 for her thesis “Women and Psychosis”. Jayashri has pioneered the novel use of estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on mental health. An expert in Women’s Mental Health, Jayashri was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.



Dr Peter Goodin

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD.

Dr. Peter Goodin is a neuroimaging research fellow at the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Neurology department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Peter is actively engaged in mental health related issues and research. He received his PhD in 2015 from Swinburne University which explored the psychoneuroimmunology of Major Depressive Disorder. Peter took a wholistic view of the disorder and incorporated cognitive, neuroimaging and biochemical markers to examine connections between the body and brain and how these are altered during the acute phase of the disorder. 

Peter then moved to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health where his research focused on prediction of post-stroke depression and recovery of touch sensation after stroke. His current research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital focuses on identification of pharmacological, biological, cognitive and mental health causes that can may help promote optimal recovery after stroke. 

 He also plays guitar, badly.

Emeritus Professor Bruce J. Tonge

Qualifications: MBBS, MD, DPM, MRC Psych, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psych., RANZCP

Prior to his retirement in 2012 he was the Foundation Head, School of Psychology and Psychiatry and Head of the Discipline of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and also the Senior Clinical Advisor of the Mental Health Program of Monash Health at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  He has a distinguished record of clinical work, teaching and research in child psychiatry.  He established the internationally recognised Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. He continues to have clinical, research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular focus in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioural and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents with intellectual disability and neurodevelopmental disorders, parent education and skills training public mental health interventions, and treatment outcome studies in childhood anxiety and depressive disorders.


Publications include: 13 books; 64 book chapters; 285 reviewed papers; 23 videos; 8 manuals and numerous invited addresses and competitive grant funding of $29M.  He is editor of the Handbook of Studies on Child Psychiatry (Elsevier), co-author of the book I just want you to be happy: preventing and tackling teenage depression (Allen and Unwin), a co-author of Autism: the early years (Jessica Kingsley Press), author of the Draw a Dream child mental state assessment technique, and co-author of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist, an instrument which assesses behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disability.  This instrument is widely used in clinical and research settings both in Australia and internationally. 


He is the recipient of the Minister of Mental Health Victorian Public Healthcare Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Mental Healthcare” in 2009, the RANZCP 2010 Meritorious Award for “Outstanding contribution to Psychiatry over many years”, the 2010 ASPR Founder’s Medal for “Contribution of significance to psychiatric research throughout career”, the 2010 Monash University David de Kretser Medal for exceptional contribution to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences ,and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists , VCPA, July 2011.He has served as Chair and board member of Autism Victoria , now AMAZE, and was the immediate past Chair and President  and is now the Patron of the Mental Health Foundation Australia.