Lianne Schmaal

Associate Professor
Orygen & The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC

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I'm an Associate Professor and Medical Research Future Fund Career Development Fellow (CDF) at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. My research program focuses on ‘Profiling and Prediction in Youth Depression and Suicide’. My research aims to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development and course of depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviours. A key focus of my research program is addressing the heterogeneity of depression by defining profiles or subtypes of depression and suicidal behaviours based on a better understanding of (neuro)biological mechanisms. My work also focuses on developing prediction algorithms for depression onset, treatment response and suicide attempts. Her research integrates clinical, psychosocial, neurobiological and genetic data through computational modelling and machine learning methods. 

I (co-)leads the two largest neuroimaging consortia on depression and suicidal behaviours worldwide, i.e. the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) consortium and the ENIGMA Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours consortium. These international consortia pool neuroimaging and clinical data from >20,000 people from ~50 research institutes in 14 different countries worldwide.