Helen Louise Berry

Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health, University of Sydney

Helen is the inaugural Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney. She is a widely-cited psychiatric epidemiologist and expert in how climate change, disasters and social and physical place influence mental health and wellbeing. She advises on national and international research programs and is currently working with the Lancet Countdown to include indicators of mental health from 2018. She is also advising on a major new mental health disaster study of the impact of Cyclone Debbie which made landfall over New South Wales, Australia, in March/April 2017. She has developed multiple population screening measures including the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire, the Brief Weather Disaster Trauma Exposure and Impact Screen and others which are included in population health and intervention studies around the world. Helen has been supported by major competitive research funding (e.g., NHMRC, ARC) and other awards and has led influential research-policy initiatives. Her research career builds on a 12-year career in federal and state public policy and on 13 years of voluntary executive leadership service in the relationships services sector. Helen holds an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne and is a Director of Altitude Consulting Pty Ltd, a hi-tech management, business and research consulting company.

Experience

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

Education

  • 2005 
    The Australian National University, PhD Psychiatric Epidemiology