CRESP Chief Investigator
Professor Andrew Mackinnon is head of the Statistics Unit at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. He is the most senior statistician in Australia working exclusively in mental health research and has worked on a wide range of projects embracing the key mental health conditions that face Australia, including depression, anxiety, dementia and schizophrenia. The types of research he has undertaken includes epidemiological and longitudinal studies ranging from those conducted on small clinical groups to large national and international surveys. He also has extensive experience in trials of interventions for the treatment and prevention of mental health conditions as well as trials of initiatives such as those aimed at mental health promotion and stigma reduction. Landmark studies include the Canberra Longitudinal Study of the Elderly, conducted with Professor Helen Christensen and colleagues, and the recently completed national Survey of High Impact Psychosis, which captured the lives and challenges of Australians living with psychotic illness. He has been statistician on numerous large, ground breaking e health trials and has established a widely-adopted methodological platform for the design and analysis of these initiatives. Alongside his work directly involved in mental health, he is active in methodological development and psychometric research which provides many of the tools supporting mental health research and which are aimed at improving the relevance and reliability of research outcomes.
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