Deputy Head of School and Research Director

Professor Nicola LautenschlagerAfter a comprehensive recruitment process the Melbourne Medical School is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Nicola Lautenschlager as the Deputy Head and Research Director.

Professor Lautenschlager is an experienced clinician-scientist who has worn a variety of hats since she joined the University in 2008 as Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age and Director of the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry. In 2018 Professor Lautenschlager was appointed Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry. Since March 2019 Professor Lautenschlager has assumed the role of Interim Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Cato Chair after the departure of Professor Bernhard Baune in addition to the role of Director of Research and Research Training and Chair of the Research and Research Training Committee for the Melbourne Medical School.

Prior to this time Professor Lautenschlager undertook medical training and completed a Doctor of Medicine at the Technical University Munich, Germany and a postdoc year at Boston University, USA, before moving to Australia to join the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia. During her tenure in Perth Professor Lautenschlager also completed a Higher Postgraduate Research Degree in Psychiatry at the Technical University Munich.

Professor Lautenschlager holds a clinical appointment with Melbourne Health where she is Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and Director of Research in the Aged Persons Mental Health Program in NorthWestern Mental Health.

Professor Lautenschlager is an internationally recognised expert in non-pharmacological interventions trials aiming to improve cognitive and mental health outcomes in middle aged and older adults. She has a special interest in dementia risk reduction and leads the University of Melbourne site of the NHMRC Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Health.

In her new role, Professor Lautenschlager will continue her work to further develop the research portfolio of the School through increased support of research active staff and students, expanded programs of engagement and collaboration with the School’s research partners in the health services and institutes, and new research pathways as part of the Doctor of Medicine curriculum review.

The Melbourne Medical School extends sincere congratulations to Professor Lautenschlager on her appointment.