Brett McDermott is an Australian medical graduate who trained in Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the UK and Sydney. Apart from his JCU appointment, Professor McDermott holds other academic appointments: By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University; Adjunct Professor at QUT; Professorial Fellow at Mater Research.  From 2002-2014 Professor McDermott was the Executive Director of the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Brisbane, QLD) and from 2006-2016 was a Board Director of beyondblue: the National Depression Initiative.

Research interests include mental health systems of care with a specific focus on individuals presenting with depression, PTSD and eating disorders. Research designs have been varied including clinical (e.g. case controlled studies and RCTs) or epidemiological. A more recent focus has been the interface of clinical and systems biology.



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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 103+ research outputs authored by Prof Brett McDermott from 1999 onwards.

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Tropical Brain and Mind Research Foundation - Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship

Eliminating suicide among elite youth Rugby League athletes in North Queensland

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$95,455 over 3 years
The overall aim of this project is to provide both "hands-on-deliverables" and "research based" information to understand risk and resilience factors and to aid the development of effective interventions to eliminate suicide among elite youth rugby league players. We will achieve this by creating an explanatory model - that can be easily understood and used by the young person, parents, educators, sporting and health professionals - of risk and protection of youth suicide in this population.
Zoltan Sarnyai and Brett McDermott (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Suicide; Stress; Sport; Mental Health; Resilience; Youth

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Measuring Allostatic Load - Biomarkers as Predictive Tools in Serious Mental Illness (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Psychiatric and Metabolic Effects of ketogenic Therapy in Psychotic Disorders (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The impact of mental health and associated factors on international students’ dropout intentions – a case for Australian universities (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Hand-n-Hand Peer Support Program for Medical Students (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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