Our Advisors

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 12.02.18 PMDr. Nicola Byrom, BSc DPhil

Nicola is the Founding Director of Student Minds. She is an academic psychologist, currently working at Oxford University combining a research agenda with teaching. Her research interests are in mental health, with a specific focus on cognitive risk factors for depression. In 2015 Nicola received the Queen’s Young Leaders award, in recognition of her contributions to improving student mental health. Oxford University has recognised Dr Byrom’s support of Student Minds, awarding her with the Vice Chancellors Award for Civic Service and inviting her to represent the university in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Nicola’s involvement with Student Minds was inspired by her own experiences with mental health difficulties in her teenage years.

UntitledProf. David Goldbloom, OC MD FRCPC 

Dr. Goldbloom was born in Montreal and raised in Quebec and Nova Scotia. He completed an honours degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goldbloom’s activities have been recognized and awarded by his peers and students. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has provided talks and lectures to student, professional and public audiences. He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He is also Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Goldbloom is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 11.10.36 AMAssociate Prof. Jane Burns, BA PhD

Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that unites young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for young people aged 12 to 25. The establishment of the Young and Well CRC is the culmination of Jane’s work in suicide and depression prevention which has focused on international and national partnerships with academic, government, corporate, philanthropic, not-for-profit and community sectors.

Prof. Patrick McGorry, AOprof-mcgorry-headshot MD PhD FRCP FRANZCP

Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010, is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health (OYH), a world-renowned youth mental health organisation. He is also Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and founding member of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace) board. OYH comprises Australia’s largest youth mental health research centre and a clinical service targeting the needs of young people with emerging serious mental illness. Professor McGorry and OYH have put Australia at the forefront of research and innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness, with OYH becoming the model on which many other youth mental health services around the world are based. With an emphasis on early intervention and a commitment to educating the community to the early signs of mental illness, Professor McGorry’s research has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people the world over.

_MAP8914 (1)Dr. Karlee Silver, DPhil

Karlee is the VP of Targeted Challenges for Grand Challenges Canada where she leads the Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has invested $32 million in 63 mental health innovations and the Mental Health Innovation Network. Karlee and her team manage the portfolio of innovations to increase access to mental health care and effectiveness of treatments in low- and middle-income countries. Karlee received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology.

Thurbon HeadshotDom Thurbon

Dom Thurbon is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at ChangeLabs, a behaviour change agency with over 90 staff across Australia, New Zealand and the US. Dom has been architect of the award-winning behaviour change programs in areas including financial literacy, cyber safety, health and wellness, active lifestyles and disability awareness, reaching over 500,000 people a year. Dom has led research on best-sellers published in more than 15 countries and is author of white papers on subjects concerning attracting and retaining top teachers, and how video games are changing education. He has worked globally with clients such as Microsoft, Apple, the CBA, Lexus, Johnson & Johnson, GSK and IBM, and is lead-designer of Educator Impact, an innovative methodology for the 360o review and development of classroom teachers. Dom sits on the Education Working Group for Child & Youth Finance International (based in Amsterdam), and is an active researcher, writer and keynote speaker in the fields of innovation, change, behaviour change and education.

Prof. Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych