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Mental Health Advisory

Formed by researchers, clinicians and people with lived experiences, our Mental Health Advisors make sure the Feel Better VR program builds upon research evidence and grows through collaboration in research, community and policy. 

Associate Professor Helen Stain

Mental Health Advisor (ECU Representative)

Professor Stain joined Leeds Trinity University in November 2017 following a four-year appointment at Durham University, UK. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia, where she developed a research programme in child, youth and family mental health at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. Professor Stain holds honorary positions in Norway (Stavanger University Hospital, Early Intervention in Psychosis Research Centre, Norway) and Australia (the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle). She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of both trauma and psychosis with a particular focus on young people.

Now an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, she is Head of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program and also continues her clinical psychology private practice in the United Kingdom. She has commenced her student mental health and wellbeing research at ECU together with a number of research students.

At Durham University, Professor Stain was Head of the Mental Health Research Group (MHRG), an elected member of the Academic Senate and of the Senate Governance Review committee, as well as being Deputy Director of Research for the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Professor Stain has been awarded over £5million in grant income since 2005 and has published 47 peer-reviewed journal articles.

The core focus of her youth mental health research programme is the development of early interventions to prevent the onset of mental health disorders or improve outcomes in terms of psychological functioning, quality of life and social inclusion. The approach is to target both clinically enriched samples (ultra-high risk for psychosis)) and broader youth samples (disengaged or NEET) to develop and trial psychological interventions. In 2013 she established Youth Speak, a group for young people with experience of mental health problems and an interest in shaping research. Youth Speak has informed a number of research studies, facilitated grants (eg Leverhulme Grant) and co-authored two publications.

Dr Yael Perry

Mental Health Advisor (TKI Representative)

Dr Yael Perry completed her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of New South Wales, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, under the supervision of Dr Aaron Beck. She is currently Co-Head of Youth Mental Health at Telethon Kids Institute, and Lead of the Youth Mental Health stream within Embrace – Western Australia’s first research centre dedicated to the mental health of children and young people aged 0-25 years.  She also holds adjunct appointments at the University of Western Australia and the University of New South Wales, and is a clinical psychologist and Board-approved supervisor.

Previously, Dr Perry was a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute where her research was focussed on universal school-based prevention and mental health promotion. Currently, Dr Perry conducts research into the targeted prevention of mental health difficulties in marginalised young people, especially LGBTIQA+ youth. Dr Perry also has specialised expertise in the use of digital technologies to improve engagement, access and uptake of mental health interventions.

Dr Lynden K. Miles

Mental Health Advisor (UWA Representative)

Dr Lynden Miles is an experimental social psychologist with a research focus on the dynamics of social interaction. He obtained His PhD from the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury (NZ). After a postdoctoral stint at the same institution, he was awarded a RCUK Fellowship in the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen (UK), which was later translated to a permanent academic post. He joined the School of Psychological Science at UWA as a Senior Lecturer in July 2019.

Dr Miles research interests span a wide range of social psychological phenomena with a common theme of exploring the dynamics of social interaction. A primary focus is on the role of interpersonal synchrony in shaping social exchange. This work draws from the science of coordination dynamics to provide a framework for understanding how people align their actions and thoughts and the influence this has on the success (or lack thereof) of their social endeavours. This research bridges several levels of analysis, ranging from examining the impact of interpersonal synchrony on social-cognitive functioning, to exploring the interplay between mental health and coordinated behaviour, as well as evaluating the role of synchronous action on group dynamics and teamwork. He also has interests in the role of mental imagery and emotion in social situations, and in particular how the coordination of the experience and expression of emotion unfolds when people interact. More broadly, Dr Miles favours integrating the framework of complexity science with contemporary models of psychological functioning in an attempt to situate Psychology within a more general theoretical context.