Cadence BZ - Research Team

Professor John McGrath

Professor John McGrath

Coordinating Principal Investigator

Queensland Brain Institute/Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

John McGrath received his medical degree from the University of Queensland. After working as a community-based psychiatrist, he moved into full-time research, becoming the Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in 1990. He holds appointments at The University of Queensland Department of Psychiatry and the Queensland Brain Institute.

His research aims to generate and evaluate nongenetic risk factors for schizophrenia. He has forged productive cross-disciplinary collaborations linking risk factor epidemiology with developmental neurobiology (e.g. using animal models to explore candidate exposures). In addition, he has supervised major systematic reviews of the incidence, prevalence and mortality of schizophrenia.

He has won several national and international awards including the Premier's Award for Medical Research, a Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, the Organon Senior Research Award, and the Founders’ Medal from the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. The Australian government awarded John a Centenary Medal in 2003 and in 2007 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). He is an Associate Editor for Schizophrenia Bulletin, and is on the editorial boards of several international journals. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles.

 

Andrea Baker

Andrea Baker

Study Coordinator

Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

Andrea Baker is a clinical nurse consultant and is currently the study coordinator for the CADENCE-BZ clinical trial. She has completed her Masters in Mental Health and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Health. Andrea has worked in health for 27 years, gaining clinical expertise in a variety of areas including mental health.

More recently Andrea has developed clinical expertise in research. For example she coordinated a high profile national schizophrenia research study (Survey of High Impact Psychosis - SHIP) in 2010 under the supervision of Professor John McGrath, which lead to further coordinating positions within Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.  Andrea has experience in supervision, support and coordination of staff and is proficient in Good Clinical Research Practice.

Associate Professor James Scott

Associate Professor James Scott

Principal Investigator (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital)

Early Psychosis & Intervention Unit, UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)

James is a child and adolescent psychiatrist whose main focus of research is broadly encapsulated under (i) child and adolescent mental health and (ii) early psychosis.

He has extensive clinical and research experience in areas of child and adolescent mental health including depression, anxiety, aggression, self harm, developmental disorders and pharmacotherapy. His research interests in early psychosis are prevention, phenomenology and treatment options.

James is currently engaged in a programme of research examining psychotic-like experiences in otherwise healthy individuals, mental health outcomes of bullying in adolescents, the role of cytokines in adolescent depression, the outcomes of early intervention in young children with autism and the outcomes of adolescents experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

The programmes are a combination of clinical work with patient samples and epidemiological studies in collaboration with large mental health surveys and birth cohort studies.

 

Dr Drew Richardson

Associate Investigator (The Prince Charles Hospital)

Dr Saveena Singh

Dr Saveena Singh

Associate Investigator (Gold Coast University Hospital)

Dr Saveena Singh is a consultant psychiatrist with several years of experience in the UK and Australia. She currently works as a consultant psychiatrist with the early psychosis team at the Gold Coast Mental Health Service, and she is also Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor with Bond University. She has been actively involved in research with the early psychosis team, particularly looking at substance use in youth. She is also involved with Dr James Scott’s research team, looking at the association of trauma and the development of psychosis. She is currently a member of the John Cade Fellowship working party and is the associate investigator for the Gold Coast site for the Cadence-BZ trial.

 

Dr Frances Dark

Dr Frances Dark

Associate Investigator (Princess Alexandra Hospital)

Dr Dark has been a psychiatrist working at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) for 23 years. She is Acting Director of Rehabilitation, Metro South Health Service which includes the Mobile Intensive Rehabilitation teams in Logan and PAH, Early Psychosis team PAH, Clinical Care Unit Coorparoo, Transitional Housing Team and Casuarina Lodge, Wynnum. Dr Dark is also Director of the State-wide Deafness and Hard of Hearing Team, and Chair of the State-wide Early Psychosis Advisory Group.

Dr Dark has a particular interest in psychosocial therapies for psychosis and trains in cognitive remediation and cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis. She is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist and together with the State-wide Deafness and Hard of Hearing Team, has been involved in modifying DBT for this population.

Dr Dark was until recently on the board of Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ), resigning to begin a late life PhD.

 

Dr Saveena Singh

Dr Sean Hatherill

Associate Investigator (Logan Hospital)

Dr Hatherill is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been working as the Clinical Director of the Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Service (MSAMHS) Child and Youth Academic Clinical Unit (CYACU) since 2013. He is also the clinical lead of the Logan Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Logan Hospital. He originally trained in medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and came to Brisbane in 2009 to work at Metro South. In attempting to build early intervention research capacity within the Metro South CYACU his interest is in integrating clinically meaningful  research with everyday clinical practice.

 

Associate Professor Stephen Stathis

Associate Investigator (Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital)

 

Dr Sharon Foley

Dr Sharon Foley

Associate Investigator (Princess Alexandra Hospital)

Dr Sharon Foley is a consultant psychiatrist at the Metro South Early Psychosis Service. Dr Foley graduated from University College Dublin and completed her psychiatry specialty training in Ireland before becoming a research fellow at DETECT, the only early psychosis research centre in Ireland. She was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine based on her work in suicidality and violence in first episode psychosis. Dr Foley has been specialising clinically in the area of early psychosis since 2010. Her current research interests include the epidemiology of first episode psychosis, the role of childhood trauma in outcomes of early psychosis, and examining outcome differences between culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people with psychosis and non-CALD.