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Program Head, Mental Health and Youth

BSc (Hons) MClin Neuropsych PhD

Available for supervision

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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 before taking up her current role at the Telethon Kids Institute in 2014. She has been a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow, Career Development Research Fellow and is currently a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow. Ashleigh is the Program Head of Mental Health and Youth at the Telethon Kids Institute and Co-Director of Embrace @ Telethon Kids.

Ashleigh's research is focused on early detection and intervention for mental health concerns in adolescents and young adults. She is particularly interested the mental health of marginalised groups.

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

  • Co-designing a youth specific Safe Haven Café within the Peel Health Hub to serve as an alternative to the emergency department for young people at risk of suicide.
  • Co-designing a model for an innovative short-stay residential service for young people expressing suicidal thoughts and behaviours: The Youth Sanctuary Model.
  • Development of Suicide prevention Guidelines in LGBTQA+ young people: best practice guidelines for clinical and community service providers.
  • Improving aftercare in children and young people who present to emergency departments for deliberate self-harm and suicidal crisis
  • 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.
  • Training Service Providers to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQA+ youth.
  • Investigating a potential new treatment using Cannabidiol in young people with heightened risk of developing psychosis – The CanARY trial
  • PRE-EMPT – NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for PREdiction of Early Mental Disorder and Preventive Treatment
  • Clinical Trial of Cannabidiol for Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorders in Youth 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).
  • Understanding the mental health and wellbeing of parents of trans children and young people.
  • Adapting a ‘serious game’ for the prevention of depression in gender diverse youth (TranSPARX)