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Research Assistant, Clinical

BSc (Hons), MProfPsyc, Registered Psychologist


Charlotte Pugh is a Research Assistant (Clinical) with the Youth Mental Health team. Charlotte’s primary focus is Ultra-High Risk (UHR) of Psychosis. She is currently working on two projects alongside Orygen. The CanARY study (Cannabidiol for At Risk Youth) is a clinical trial examining whether cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce symptoms in young people with a heightened risk for psychosis. The second study (CHR-AUS+) is a non-interventional study examining clinical trajectories and predictors of outcomes in the Clinical High Risk (CHR) of psychosis population with sites both nation wide and internationally.

Charlotte has previously worked on the YoDA-F study (Youth Depression Alleviation – Fish Oil) and assisted with the Suicide Prevention project. The YoDA-F study examined the potential for high potency fish oil to be used as an alternative to antidepressants, specifically for youth with moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms accessing psychological support. The Suicide Prevention project involved consultation with youth to help guide future suicide prevention strategies.

Charlotte’s research and clinical interests surround proactive strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing in youth. Charlotte is registered as a psychologist, working in clinical private practice outside of Telethon Kids across a broad spectrum of mental health concerns.

Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Western Australia. Charlotte has also completed a Master of Psychology (Professional) at Curtin University, where she graduated as the highest performing student in her cohort.