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.



  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD5010: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5020: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD5030: Integrated Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD6010: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 1 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6020: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 2 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • MD6030: Advanced Clinical Medicine Part 3 of 3 (Level 6; TSV)
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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 74+ research outputs authored by Prof Brett McDermott from 1999 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Tropical Brain and Mind Research Foundation - Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship

Eliminating suicide among elite youth Rugby League athletes in North Queensland

Indicative Funding
$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

Townsville Hospital and Health Service - Study Education Research Trust Account (SERTA)

Tropikids Pilot Study: Longitudinal study of the social determinants of health and development of children in the tropics. TropiKids - an affiliate of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy

Indicative Funding
TropiKids will study the health and well-being of mothers and fathers and the growth, development and health of their children. The information will inform public policy and service provision, and advance our knowledge of the social and biological determinants of health for Tropical North Queensland. The specific focus of this pilot study is to test the materials and recruitment method for the TropiKids Longitudinal study, and to investigate in a tropical environment the associations between maternal and paternal characteristics (including stress), birth outcomes, and infectious disease in the first year of life.
Kerrianne Watt, Linda Shields, Alan Baxter, Zoltan Sarnyai, Wendy Smyth, Damon Eisen and Brett McDermott (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Paediatrics; Social Determinants of Health; Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Risk Factors; Immunology

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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.

  • Fathers' perinatal mental health and the associated risk and protective factors: A multiple method study. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Longitudinal Study on Allostatic Load Biomarkers and its Impact on Mental Illness/Health (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Student dropouts and Mental Health: the challenges faced by Foreign University Students (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Efficacy of the DeStress for Success Education program on Attenuating Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescents (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • North Queensland Adolescent Mental Health Literacy: A 12 Year Follow up (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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