The Mental Health PhD Program provides you with a training and support framework to complement your PhD. The Program offers a unified experience for PhD students addressing mental health from diverse disciplinary perspectives including psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology and community mental health, history and philosophy of psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social work. It is a joint initiative of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences; the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; and the Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School.

By participating in this multidisciplinary Program, you can:

  • Access interdisciplinary exchange and deep awareness of the intellectual, economic and political dimensions of the contemporary mental health environment
  • Network with graduate researchers and academic staff across disciplines
  • Connect with community-based organisations
  • Benefit from the network of peer support through the Mental Health Graduate Circle.
To Participate

To be eligible to participate in this PhD Program, you must be a currently enrolled University of Melbourne PhD candidate undertaking your research in a relevant area, and have the approval of your supervisor.

If you are not a currently enrolled PhD candidate, you will need to apply for admission to your PhD degree in one of the associated faculties first. For information on how to apply for PhD candidature, including advice on finding a supervisor, please see the graduate research How to Apply pages on the Study website.


To enquire about participation, please complete the application form or email the Program’s Coordinator Dr. Marjolein Kammers at