Helen Louise Berry

Professor of Health Research, University of Canberra

Helen Berry MA, BSc, BAppPsych, PhD is a Professor of Health Research, University of Canberra and Adjunct Professor, ANU Climate Change Institute, The Australian National University. She has won over $6M in research funding, published over 70 journal articles, books and chapters, and led key policy-applied research initiatives, for example, into marginalisation in Australia. Helen leads a research program in 'People, Planet and Place' with a personal research focus on the mental health implications of living in rural and remote Australia compared with cities; climate change adaptation and sustainability; and social capital. These studies mainly involve developing, merging and analysing panel and climate data to better understand the causal interrelationships among climate change, complex disadvantage, community connectedness and mental health. Helen leads the health stream of UC's $13M Collaborative Research Network, Murray-Darling Basin Futures, with personal projects of around $1.5m. She is author of the widely-cited and internationally used ‘Australian Community Participation Questionnaire’ and of the new ‘Brief Weather Disaster Trauma Exposure and Impact Screen’, both of which are now included in multiple large panel surveys. In 2008, Helen contributed a commissioned report to the Garnaut Review of Climate Change, in which she led a multi-institution review of the likely impacts of climate change on mental health and, in 2009, she was recognised with 2nd place in the prestigious Eureka Prize for ‘outstanding research into the health impacts of climate change’. Helen's research career builds on a previous career in public policy in which she gained invaluable experience in policy and leadership. She has since drawn on this to produce relevant and policy-applicable ‘real world’ research and to grow and lead successful research teams.


  • 2010–present
    Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Centre for Research and Action in Public Health


  • 2005 
    The Australian National University, PhD Psychiatric Epidemiology