Prof Helen Christensen wins NSW Premier Prize for Leadership in Innovation
Published: 7 September, 2016
Professor Helen Christensen, received the NSW Premier Prize for Leadership in Innovation at an event on Friday night.
Congratulations to Black Dog Institute Director, Professor Helen Christensen, who received the NSW Premier Prize for Leadership in Innovation at an event on Friday night. This prestigious award is granted to an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership in the application of new ideas and techniques to address major challenges affecting the NSW community.
Helen is internationally recognised as having founded one of the fastest growing areas in mental health: the use of digital and online technology to deliver evidence-based prevention and intervention therapy for common mental illnesses and suicide.
In 2003, Helen led development of the world’s first online cognitive behaviour therapy program, MoodGYM. This program has now been used by almost one million people worldwide. As the first foray into internet-delivered mental health treatment, MoodGYM has paved the way for the multitude of online and smartphone-based tools that are now available.
In addition to this work, Helen and her team at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention have led the development of the Lifespan program. This new, evidence-based approach to suicide prevention promises to reduce the suicide rate of communities by 20% and is currently being implemented across NSW.
Helen has authored over 500 refereed journal articles with a citation rate that places her in the top 1% of all researchers internationally and has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. On top of her academic achievements, Helen is also a vocal advocate for evidence informed policy to improve universal access to quality mental health care.
Read more about Professor Helen Christensen.