Associate Professor Jo Robinson

PhD, MSc Applied Psy., BSc Hons Psy.

Jo Robinson is an Associate Professor at Orygen the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, where she leads the suicide prevention research unit. Under her leadership the unit has sustained a consistent upward trajectory. It supports one project manager, two research fellows, nine research assistants, and several students. The unit is regarded as the leading centre of youth suicide research in the world.

A/Prof Robinson’s work focuses on the development, and rigorous testing, of novel interventions that specifically target at risk youth across settings, on evidence synthesis, and on the translation of research evidence into practice and policy. Examples of some current projects include the development of a multi-layered and systematic approach to youth suicide prevention across north-west Melbourne, the establishment of a self-harm monitoring program in emergency departments across Victoria, and a suite of studies examining the potential utility of social media platforms in suicide prevention. The latter includes a national study, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health that lead to the development of the #chatsafe guidelines, the first evidence-based best practice guidelines for safe peer-peer communication about suicide online in the world.

She has a keen interest in policy development and evaluation and is regularly called upon to provide advice to both state and federal government.

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Associate Professor Jo Robinson

Primary Research Focus:
Suicide Prevention

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