Helen is Honorary Professor, Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.
She established the field of research in Climate Change and Mental Health in 2008 and remains its most widely-cited author. She trained in psychology and psychiatric epidemiology at The Australian National University, becoming an 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 was a founding lead member of the MJA-Lancet (Australian) Countdown scientific team, representing Australia on the parent Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change project. 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 competitive research funding and has led influential research-policy initiatives.