Welcome from the Department Head

The Department has major clinical teaching and research units throughout Melbourne, comprising of a number of valuable clinical partners. The Department is part of the Melbourne Medical School within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.


The Department of Psychiatry is committed to the prevention of mental illness and improved quality of life for individuals affected by mental illness both nationally and internationally. We aim to be recognised as world leaders in education and research in biological, applied and translational psychiatry.

"If you can collaborate with people who have skills and expertise outside your area; if you can listen to the community about what it needs and wants; if you can build powerful partnerships moving forward: these are really the first steps in turning boundaries into frontiers." Professor Ian Everall, Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head, Department of Psychiatry.

The future

The Department of Psychiatry has unique strength around biological and translational psychiatry research which is internationally recognised. Together with clinical collaborations and involvement in mental health policy and practice, this provides a stimulating environment for learning and research training programs. Our research is driven by pure and applied questions that require cross-disciplinary approaches and partnerships with diverse community organisations especially those effected with mental illness. The research informs our teaching and clinical training and engagement with the wider community.

The Department of Psychiatry Publication PDF, 1354.95 KB is available to download

Ian Everall
"When I was young I was always fascinated by how things work, particularly the brain and the mind. I decided I wanted to better understand a group of people who were stigmatised in the community and work with them to improve their quality of life."

Professor Ian Everall

Professor Ian Everall is the Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry. Professor Everall leads his psychiatric neuropathology laboratory in exploring molecular and cellular changes in the brain in major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. His area of expertise includes psychosis and cognitive impairment, especially when associated with HIV infection. Professor Everall is also Director of Research NorthWestern Mental Health and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Professor Everall obtained his medical degrees at Leicester University School of Medicine in Leicester, England, UK. He trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital in London. He obtained his PhD in neuropathology in 1992. In 1993, he was appointed senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. In 1999, he was appointed Professor of Experimental Neuropathology and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and in 2004 he became Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Everall was appointed towards the end of 2009 to his current position at the University of Melbourne.

Throughout his career, Professor Everall has been heavily involved in organizing psychiatry training programs for trainee psychiatrists. In addition, he has presented numerous lectures and seminars to psychiatrists, neurologists, HIV physicians and allied health clinicians.

Professor Everall is currently working on research into bloodbased biomarkers to aid in the diagnosis of psychosis and autism spectrum disorder. With over 170 publications and over $50M in research funding to his name, Professor Everall has been at the forefront of research into cellular, molecular and genetic changes in the brain in major psychiatric disorders for over 20 years.

Brief History of Cato Chair PDF, 42.57 KB

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