Helen Christensen is an Australian mental health researcher with an interest in using the Internet to prevent suicides. She is Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) at the Australian National University and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow. She is the author of over 300 refereed journal articles, seven consumer books and three open access websites. She is also executive director of the Black Dog Institute. Her areas of interest include the evaluation of internet applications/ online programs for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, the quality of websites, the integration of new technologies into health care, the development of evidence-informed policy and methods to measure impact and dissemination.
Awards and Honours
Elected to Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in 2004. Chair and Panel Member, ASSA Membership Panel D 2006-2008. President Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) 2009-2011, which is the peak body for mental health research in Australia. She is also President, International Society for Research into Internet Interventions (ISRII) 2009-2011, a 400-member society which promotes research into Internet applications. She has been a member of 13 Executive Committees, Government panels and committees, 12 NHMRC Panels since 2001 including project, scholarship and training awards, and Chair/ member of the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression Research Grant Applications for 4 years. She is also a Director of the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, and was the chair of the organising committee that established the organisation in 2003. Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2015.
Supervision of 18 PhD students since 2004. CIA on NHMRC Capacity Building Grant 2007. Substantial mentoring of PhDs and Post Docs since 1999. Introduction of mentoring/leadership training at CMHR.
Pre-eminence in research
According to Scopus, in March 2010 an h index of 43 and with citations of 6692 “highly cited papers” last 10 years. Citation volumes which earn placement in the top 1% of researchers internationally in three categories: Psychiatry/Psychology; Clinical Medicine, and All Fields according to ISI Essential Science Indicators. Lead researcher on the first (2002), and the most recent Australian e mental health policy document (2009). 6 awards for the development and dissemination of e mental health services. 13 international keynotes or invited conference presentations last 5 years (most fully funded). Current NHMRC Grant Funding $5,961,090; Current other sources of funding $ $6,305,525.
Service to the University, Government and wider community
Director, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University. Co-Director, E-hub, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University (till 2007). Director E-hub-2, Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney. Executive Board, College of Medicine and Health Sciences (till 2009). Member, College of Medicine and Health Sciences Advisory Committee. Chair, University Promotions Committee for NCEPH and CMHR (till 2009). Member, John Curtin School of Medical Research Local Promotions Committee (till 2007). Research Quality Framework (RQF) Panel 8 Committee. University Promotions Committee (Level E) 2006-2008. Chancellor’s Awards Committee 2007+. Member, Staff Structures Working Party 2007-2009. Member, Deans and Directors Committee, ANU 2005. Member of ANU Equity and Diversity Committee (2004-2006). Director, The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research. Membership of 13 Executive Committees, Government panels and committees. Membership of 12 NHMRC Panels since 2001 including project, scholarship and training awards, and Chair/ member of the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression Research Grant Applications for 4 years. Chair or co chair of 6 national or international meetings since 2001. Services to 8 other organisations including Member of the Ethics Committee Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Member, Research Committee, Orygen Research Centre, University of Melbourne, and the research committee of the Mental Health Council of Australia.
Most highly cited papers
- Griffiths KM, Christensen H. Quality of web based information on treatment of depression: cross sectional survey. British Medical Journal 2000;321(7275):1511-5.
- Christensen H, Griffiths KM, Jorm AF. Delivering interventions for depression by using the internet: randomised controlled trial. BMJ, 2004;328 (7434):265.
- Christensen H, Leach LS, Mackinnon A. Cognition in pregnancy and motherhood: prospective cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry 2010;196:126-132.
- "Blackdog uses web to tackle high suicide rate". The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- "Fellowship | AAHMS – Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences". www.aahms.org. Retrieved 2018-06-25.