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Michelle Blanchard

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Blanchard is the Deputy CEO at SANE Australia, a national charity working to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues. Michelle is also the founding Director of SANE’s Anne Deveson Research Centre. The Anne Deveson Research Centre honours Anne’s legacy as co-founder of SANE and her tireless work in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with complex mental health issues.

Michelle is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining SANE in 2017, Michelle held leadership roles at the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. From 2011 to 2016, Michelle was also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne.

Michelle is a Non-Executive Director of youth mental health organisation batyr. She was formerly Co-Chair of the Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue and an alumni of the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Michelle holds a PhD in Youth Mental Health, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology and Political Science, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare and a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Deputy CEO, SANE Australia
  • 2018–present
    Director, Anne Deveson Research Centre
  • 2019–2019
    Acting CEO, SANE Australia
  • 2017–2018
    General Manager - Research, Policy and Programs, SANE Australia
  • 2016–2017
    National Manager, Programs and Practice, The Butterfly Foundation
  • 2011–2016
    Head of Projects and Partnerships, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

Education

  • 2016 
    BSchool, Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2004 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare
  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Political Sciences)