In Summary

Professor Susan Rossell from Swinburne University of Technology has been appointed President of Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA), a society dedicated to the research advancement of psychiatric disorders.

Professor Rossell is a cognitive neuropsychologist with an extensive research background in psychiatric disorders. Her research has focused on understanding the cognitive and neurobiological processes involved in psychosis and related disorders.

Currently the Deputy Director of the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) at Swinburne, Professor Rossell has served as BPA’s secretary for the last four years.

“It’s a great honour to be voted the second president of BPA. I am committed to advancing this society and hope to continue promoting our mission,” Professor Rossell said

“Bringing together clinicians and basic scientists with the aim to improving our treatments for mental health condition is vital, and it is through this society we can achieve this.”

BPA was launched in 2010 in a bid to bring together the psychiatric research community in Australia and nurture a new generation of researchers committed to understanding the causes of mental illness.

The society’s research focus encompasses the application of biological techniques to investigate the causes of psychiatric disorders, in order to develop more effective clinical treatments.

The society also promotes academic exchange and collaboration between researchers and clinicians working in related fields.