PROF Eoin Killackey

PROF Eoin Killackey


  • Psychological Interventions in first episode psychosis, vocational recovery in first episode psychosis, functional recovery in first episode psychosis (first episode psychosis, early psychosis, psychosocial recovery)



  • ssor Eóin Killackey is an NHMRC Fellow, Associate Director of Research and Head, Functional Recovery Research in Youth Mental Health at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne. He completed his doctorate at Deakin University in 2000. He has worked as a clinical psychologist in adolescent and adult public mental health settings and in private practice. His research is primarily in functional recovery for young people with mental illness. He is also interested in evidence-based interventions in mental health and barriers to their implementation. He is a founder of the International First Episode Vocational Recovery group. His work has been recognised by the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research’s Schering-Plough Organon Prize, Australian Rotary Health’s Knowledge Dissemination Award and the Society for Mental Health Research Oration Award. He has been named by Deakin University as an Alumnus of the Year.   


Member of

  • International Physical Health in Youth Stream. Member 2012 -
  • International Association of Youth Mental Health. Member 2010 -
  • International First Episode Vocational Recovery Group. Founding Member 2008 -
  • Schizophrenia International Research Society. Member 2008 -
  • IEPA: Early Intervention in Mental Health. Member 2002 -


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Education and training

  • DPsych (Clin), Deakin University 2000
  • BSc(Hons), Deakin University 1997
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1996

Awards and honors

  • This Oration is given at each conference by a member of SMHR who is prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric re, Society for Mental Health Research Oration Award, 2016
  • Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has therefore established an annual award to recognise excellence in knowledge dissemination and research translation., Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award, 2015
  • Consumer Research Award, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, 2011
  • Alumni of the Year Awards: In recognition of his distinguished contribution to research particularly in the field of mental health, Deakin University, 2011
  • Schering Plough Organon Medal for best Psychiatric Researcher in Australia under the age of 35, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My interest is primarily in how we help young people who have experienced mental illness to regain maximum functioning in their life. This means looking at finding better ways to help young people reconnect with their vocational ambitions through participation in education, training and employment, examining social inclusion and exclusion and how that impacts on young people with experience of mental ill health, researching the interaction of physical and mental health and their impact on recovery and functioning. I am also interested in the translation of evidence into practice. This is a particular challenge in mental health, where there is good evidence for a number of interventions, but they less often make their way into accessible practice for the people who need them.