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Professor of Functional Recovery in Youth Mental Health, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

Along with his position at Melbourne University, Professor Killackey is Director of Research and Head of Functional Recovery Research at Orygen.
He completed his doctorate at Deakin University in 2000, and is President of IEPA: Early Intervention in Mental Health, Secretary of the Society for Mental Health Research and founding member of The International First Episode Vocational Recovery Group.
His research is primarily in the area of functional recovery for young people with mental illness, with particular emphasis on vocational rehabilitation in first episode psychosis.
He is also interested in evidence-based interventions in mental health and barriers to their implementation.


  • 2005–present
    Head, Functional Recovery Research, Orygen
  • 2021–present
    Director of Research, Orygen
  • 2014–present
    Professorial fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2000 
    Deakin University, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology


Schering Plough Organon Medal for best Psychiatric Researcher in Australia under the age of 35, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, 2008