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DR Tiffany Too




  • Lay San (Tiffany) is a research fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her research covers the epidemiology of suicide and mental health problems. She also evaluates the effectiveness of trials for reducing suicides and increasing help-seeking behaviour/intention. Tiffany has been engaging closely with government agencies and community organisations to translate her research findings into policy and practice to prevent suicide and promote mental health. She was awarded her PhD at the University of Melbourne with a Head of School's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. She was ranked as the top young researcher in mental health in 2017 and awarded the scholar award by Australia's Society for Mental Health Research. Tiffany was also awarded a highly competitive NHMRC Fellowship.    


Member of

  • International Association for Suicide Prevention. Member 2018 - 2019
  • Society for Mental Health Research. Member 2017 - 2018
  • International Epidemiological Association. Member 2016 - 2017


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • BA (Hons in psychology), The University of Queensland 2007

Awards and honors

  • Head’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, 2017
  • Early Career Scholar Award (Society for Mental Health Research), 2017
  • JHW Birrell Prize, 2016
  • Peter Vulcan Scholarship, 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2013


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am happy to supervise research projects that aim to build and strengthen the evidence basis for the prevention of suicide and mental illness and the promotion of mental health.