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Program Head, Mental Health and Youth

BSc (Hons) MClin Neuropsych PhD

Available for supervision


Professor Ashleigh Lin completed Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and PhD degrees at The University of Melbourne. Ashleigh held postdoctoral research positions at Orygen The National Centre for Youth Mental Health and The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom before taking up her current role at the Telethon Kids Institute in 2014 as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow. She is currently a NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow and Program Head of Mental Health and Youth at the Institute.

Ashleigh's research is focused on early detection and intervention for mental health problems in adolescents and young adults. She is particularly interested the mental health of vulnerable groups, such as gender diverse and Aboriginal young people. Ashleigh works closely with youth mental health service providers across Perth and is an active contributor to reference groups and committees in youth mental health in the state.

Ashleigh is available to supervise honours, masters and PhD students. Her team are currently working on the following projects:

  • Assessing youth suicide prevention activities in WA
  • A multi-site trial of omega-3 fatty acids for treating depression in young people (YoDA-F)
  • A multi-trial of an online intervention for carers of people with psychosis (Altitudes East West)
  • Examining the link between stigma and mental health in same-gender attracted adolescents
  • Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Developing a cohort of gender diverse young people attending the Gender Diversity Service at Perth Children’s Hospital to better understand the health and wellbeing outcomes of this group (the GENTLE Cohort)
  • A collaborative project to engage Nyoongar young people in mental health services (Building Bridges)
  • Adapting a ‘serious game’ for the prevention of depression in gender diverse youth (TranSPARX)
  • Co-designing suicide interventions for trans and gender diverse young people
  • Studying the wellbeing of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes
  • Developing a sport-based intervention for young people with psychosis