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Program Head, Mental Health & Youth; Head, Youth Mental Health

BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Clin) PhD

Available for supervision


A/Prof 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 research on the prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties 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 marginalised populations (such as LGBTQA+ young people) and their families. She also has specialised expertise and interest in the use of digital technology 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:

  • Development of best practice suicide prevention guidelines for LGBTQA+ young people (Suicide Prevention Guidelines)
  • Understanding the mental health and wellbeing of parents of trans children and young people (Parent Pathways)
  • Adapting a ‘serious game’ for the prevention of depression in gender diverse youth (SPARX-T)
  • Development of a digital resource hub to improve understanding and support in parents of trans young people (Transforming Families)
  • Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people (Walkern Katatdjin)
  • The facilitation of acceptance in trans and gender diverse young people (Trans Young People)
  • Evaluation of a Mindful Self Compassion training for LGBTQA+ youth (Mindful Self Compassion)

Previous projects include:

  • Examining the link between stigma and mental health in same-gender attracted adolescents (Stigma and Mental Health)
  • 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)
  • A multi-site trial of an online intervention for carers of people with psychosis (Altitudes East West)