Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin is a nationally renowned mental health trailblazer who leads a global team of researchers, clinicians and industry partners in supporting patients who have concurrent mental health, alcohol and drug problems.
Very few researchers in the mental health sphere, anywhere in the world, have such impressive credentials and a track record of achievements.
Professor Kay Lambkin is currently the Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of Newcastle, while also serving as a board director for Orygen – the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – to represent a voice for young people with poor mental health.
She is the President of the Society for Mental Health Research, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Translation at the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, and Co-Director of the Mental Health Hub of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre in Brain and Mental Health.
Professor Kay-Lambkin has attracted over $15.6 million in funding, half of that in the past five years. She has led the way in trialling and developing digital-based psychological treatments that benefit large numbers of patients and contribute to a global shift in the treatment of comorbidity. As such, she is an exceptionally worthy winner of this year’s award.
This awarded is supported by the HMRI Community Donors.