Functional Recovery

Functional Recovery


Associate Professor Eóin Killackey


A/Prof. Sue Cotton, Dr Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Dr Sarah Bendall, Dr Gennady Baksheev, Dr Kelly Allott, Ms Gina Chinnery, Ms Pamela Sun, Ms Kate Filia, Mr Jesse Gates


Professor Keith Neucterlein

Dr Luana Turner

Dr Cali Batholomeusz

Dr Melissa Green

Professor Robert Drake

Professor Alison Yung

Dr Jackie Curtis

Associate Professor Robyn Langdon

Professor Stephen Wood

Dr Rosanna Scutella

Dr Yi-Ping Tseng


Symptomatic treatments for mental illness are more effective and advanced than they have ever been. There is significant evidence that the early application of these symptomatic interventions leads to a reduction in the symptoms of mental illness. Unfortunately there is also evidence that symptomatic improvements, do not automatically translate to functional improvements. That is, people with mental illness whose symptoms are under control and managed, do not automatically return to school or work, or to engagement in other social and community domains. Our area of research investigates the causes of poor functional recovery, but is also very focused on the development and testing of interventions to improve outcome in functional areas.

Current Research Projects

Vocational Recovery Project

This is a large RCT of an intervention to help young people with psychosis return to school or work. It has recruited 144 people and the intervention phase of the trial is finished. The follow-up phase will conclude in September 2012.

Sexual health and Pregnancy Study

The sexual health, behavior and pregnancy experiences of young people with mental health are largely ignored. This is an important area in which we are conducting studies to better understand the experiences of young people with a view to developing interventions to better assist in these domains.

Physical Health

The physical health of young people with mental illness is significantly worse than the health of their peers. This ultimately leads to shorter life spans for those with mental illness. This area of research is investigating interventions that address physical health in this population.


One of the difficulties some people face when they experience psychosis is making judgements about the mental and emotional states of other people - this is called social cognition. The facelook program is a 10 week group that we are trialing to address these deficits.