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Associate Professor Helen Stain

Associate Professor

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6267
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.208  

Helen is Course Coordinator for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current teaching

  • Unit Coordinator for PSY5213 Complex Presentations; and
  • PSY6214 Health Behaviours.


Academic posts

  • 2016 - 2019: Professor of Psychology, Associate Head Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of Social and Health Science, Leeds Trinity University;
  • UK 2012 - 2016: Senior Clinical Lecturer in Interventions for Youth Mental Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University;
  • UK 2004 - 2012: Associate Professor in Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.

Australia clinical roles:

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist;
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Services Senior Clinical Psychologist;
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Senior Clinical Psychologist;
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice.

Professional Associations

  • 1996 - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Clinical Psychologist;
  • 2013 - Health Care Practitioners Council, UK - Consultant Clinical Psychologist;
  • 2014 - Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom - Fellow.

Awards and recognition

  • Invited Professor of Psychology (Honorary), Stavanger University Hospital, Norway;
  • Invited Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, United Kingdom;
  • Member, Leeds Clinical Academic Senate, Leeds Academic Health Partnership, UK;
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, Newcastle University, Australia;
  • 2009 Awarded University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Excellence;
  • 2008 Invited scientist for the Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, National Preventative Health Taskforce, Sydney, NSW, Australia;
  • Expert Consultant, Australian Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council Ethics Committee.

Research areas

  • Associate Professor Stain has published 59 articles in peer reviewed journals (16 as first author) and 4 invited book chapters (3 as first author).
  • She has been awarded $9,750,668 in research grant funding since 2005.
  • She has been an invited thesis examiner for PhD and Clinical Doctorate (Psychology) for Kings College London (UK), University of Birmingham (UK), Barcelona University (Spain), University of Newcastle (Australia), University of Ballarat (Australia), University of Queensland (Australia), Flinders University (Australia), and Charles Sturt University (Australia).
  • Associate Professor Stain provides PhD and post doctoral research fellow supervision for Durham University (UK), Leeds Trinity University (UK), Stavanger University (Norway), Newcastle University (Australia), and clinical services (eg NHS).
  • She is a grant reviewer and panel member for NIHR programme grants, Medical Research Council and the Irish Health Research Board programme grants.
  • In Australia Associate Professor Stain was a panel member for NHMRC programme and project grants, and Australian Rotary Health research grants.

Research interests

  • The core focus of my youth mental health research program is on social inclusion of young people with my targets being the mental health and wellbeing of university students (including widening participation) and the development of early interventions to prevent onset of mental health disorders or improve mental health and wellbeing. My 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. My youth mental health research program is developed alongside the active involvement of young people at all phases of the research to ensure relevance and acceptability.


  • Master of Psychology, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2003.
  • Bachelor of Arts First class Honours in Psychology, Murdoch University, 1994.
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