Debra Rickwood (PhD) is Professor of Psychology at the University of Canberra and Chief Scientific Advisor to headspace: Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a member the College of Community Psychologists. Debra holds current major appointments to the NHMRC Expert Advisory Group on the Structural Review of the NHMRC Grant Programme; the Scientific Leadership Council for the Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing; and the Australian Institute of Criminology Human Research Ethics Committee. She is a past Board Director of the Australian Psychological Society and has held Federal government ministerial appointments to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Health Ethics Committee and Australian Health Care Committee.
Debra is involved in research, evidence translation and knowledge transfer related to mental health and wellbeing, particularly for young people. Her work spans the entire spectrum of interventions, but has a major focus on help-seeking behaviour, early intervention, and the role of new and emerging technologies in promoting young people’s mental health through an ‘e-spectrum’ of interventions. She has undertaken significant policy-related work for the Australian government in relation to promotion, prevention and early intervention for mental health, and for the Australian Psychological Society related to both substance use and gambling.