SMHR/AFFIRM Project grant awards 2017

The Society for Mental Health Research, in partnership with AFFIRM (Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research), are pleased to announce that 6 new mental health researchers have been selected for funding.

Over the past few months, leading researchers and experts in mental health research in Australia have deliberated over applications submitted to the Society by Australia’s brightest young minds hoping to receive much needed fellowship funding to continue their important work.

The successful SMHR fellowship winners are:

Dr Louise Mewton

University of NSW: Mapping alcohol consumption from adolescence to old age: An integrated analysis of Australian longitudinal cohort data.

A/Prof Dan Siskind

University of Queensland: The efficacy of adjunctive metformin to attenuate weight gain and visceral adiposity, and prevent conversion to diabetes in people with schizophrenia newly commenced on clozapine.

Dr Shalini Arunogiri

Monash University: Investigating the role of social cognition in hostility and violence in methamphetamine use and psychosis.


The successful SMHR/AFFIRM fellowship winners are


Dr Kate Chitty

University of Sydney: The iiAIM (internet intervention for Alcohol Improvement) Study.

Dr Emily Stockings

University of NSW, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre: Integrating tobacco use treatment in to youth mental health settings: staff and patient views, barriers and approaches for increasing care delivery.

Dr Aswin Ratheesh

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health: Teens with progressive mental health symptoms: recognising risk and engaging youth and families in prevention.