Psychosocial Research Group

Research Overview

The Psychosocial Research group undertakes research and associated training, service development and policy reform, aimed at improving outcomes for people recovering from mental illness through psychosocial treatments and approaches. The group works in three priority areas: enhancing recovery from mental illness through social and economic participation; bridging current evidence and practice gaps in the delivery of psychosocial interventions; and, building new evidence for psychosocial approaches which enhance recovery from mental illness.



  • Prof Carol Harvey
  • Prof Ellie Fossey
  • Catherine Bressanutti
  • Dr Laura Hayes
  • James Lewis, Research Assistant
  • Caitlin McDowell, Research Assistant and Masters student
  • Sam Parsons, Research Assistant
  • Josh Fergeus, PhD student



  • National Centre for Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  • The University of Melbourne and Peking University Centre for Psychiatry Research and Training
  • University College, London, UK
  • University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada


  • Centre for Health Policy Programs and Economics, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • Centre for Youth Mental Health and Orygen Research Centre, University of Melbourne
  • La Trobe University
  • Mind Australia
  • Social Firms Australia
  • Swinburne University
  • St Vincent’s Health
  • The Bouverie Centre
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victorian Mental Health Carers Network
  • Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor Carol Harvey

Department / Centre