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Co-Head, Youth Mental Health

BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Available for supervision


Dr Yael Perry completed her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, under the supervision of Dr Aaron Beck.

Yael returned to Australia in 2013 to work at the Black Dog Institute in Sydney, where she conducted clinical research on the prevention and treatment of mental illness in young people. In 2017, she relocated to Perth and joined the Youth Mental Health team at Telethon Kids Institute. Yael’s research continues to focus on the prevention of mental health difficulties in young people, with particular emphasis on high risk and vulnerable youth. She also has specialised expertise and interest in the use of digital technologies to improve engagement, access and uptake of mental health interventions.

Yael is available to supervise honours, masters and PhD students. She is currently involved in the following projects:

  • Adapting a ‘serious game’ for the prevention of depression in gender diverse youth (SPARX-T)
  • A multi-site 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 (Walkern Katatdjin)
  • Development of suicide prevention guidelines for LGBTIQA+ young people
  • The facilitation of acceptance in trans and gender diverse young people
  • Assessing barriers and facilitators to non-face-to-face delivery of mental health care for children and young people during COVID-19 and beyond (Mind the Distance)