Professor Patrick McGorry is a clinician, researcher, and reformer in the areas of early psychosis, early intervention and youth mental health.
He is Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of Orygen Youth Health and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in Victoria, Australia. Pat’s work has played an integral role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research involving the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders.
Pat’s interest in the mental health and wellbeing of young people has led to the creation of stigma-free, holistic and recovery oriented models of care for young people and their families. The work of him and his colleagues at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre has influenced health policy in Australia and many other countries and he has advised governments and health systems in many jurisdictions.
Pat has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers and reviews, over 50 book chapters, and has edited 6 books. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2003, the Founders’ Medal of the Australian Society for Psychiatric Research in 2001 and he was the 2010 Australian of the Year.
He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Early Intervention in Psychiatry and is a founding board member of the Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation: headspace, of Headstrong; the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Ireland, and past-president and treasurer of the International Early Psychosis Association. He has been a member of the National Advisory Group on Mental Health Reform for the Federal Government and of the Victorian Mental Health Reform Council.
As well as his contributions to the field of early psychosis and youth mental health, Pat has interests in refugee mental health, youth suicide, youth substance use and the treatment of emerging personality disorder. Pat is an avid sports fan and long time supporter of North Melbourne in the Australian Football League. He is also a keen surfer and tries to get out on the waves as often as he can.