Professor Patrick D. McGorry (AO, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRANZCP)

In addition to his role as Executive Director, Patrick McGorry is Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne.

Orygen Youth Health’s early psychosis service, known as EPPIC, was founded by Professor McGorry and colleagues in 1992, and has been highly influential internationally. Its model has been emulated in many countries in Europe and North America. In 2012 the Australian Government committed $212M of funding for the rollout 16 EPPIC sites nationwide.

A prolific author, Professor McGorry has published more than 400 articles in prestigious peer reviewed journals including The Lancet, The British Journal of Psychiatry, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and The Medical Journal of Australia. Professor McGorry has edited six books and written over 60 book chapters. He has presented this research at more than 400 national and international conferences, including numerous invited presentations.

From 1987–1993, Professor McGorry was an Associate Investigator in an NHMRC funded Schizophrenia Research Unit. Since that time, he has gained subsequent grants totalling more than $100M from various government, philanthropic and private sources to continue the research and service reform agenda work established through OYHRC. He is currently the Chief Investigator on a five-year $10M NHMRC Program Grant from the Australian Government. He is the Editor in Chief for the Wiley-Blackwells journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Associate Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and is on the Editorial Boards of Schizophrenia Research, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health and Journal of Psychiatrie, Sciences Humaines, Neurosciences.

In addition to his significant contributions to the field of early psychosis and schizophrenia research, Professor McGorry has conducted important research in several other areas of psychiatry including the mental health needs of the homeless, health needs and treatments for refugees and torture survivors, and in recent years, the broader youth mental health field, including youth suicide, youth substance use, and the treatment of emerging personality disorder.

Professor McGorry is currently the Treasurer of the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) and the President of Australian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR). Professor McGorry has won several prestigious awards. In 1991, he was awarded the RNAZCP/Organon Junior Research Award for significant research contributions in the early phase of his career, which was followed by the RANZCP/Organon Senior Research Award in 1998. In 2001, he received the Founders Medal of the Australian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Scientific Meeting. In 2003, the Australian Federal Government awarded Professor McGorry the Centenary Medal in recognition for the development of the EPPIC program. In 2006, he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. In 2009 he was awarded the Castilla Del Pino Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of Psychiatry in Spanish-speaking countries and the Melbourne Award (Contribution to Community) awarded by the City of Melbourne to individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty.

In 2010 Professor McGorry was selected as Australian of the Year and was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In 2012 he was awarded the Dublin Prize from the University of Melbourne.