Detecting Risk for Mental Illness in Childhood

Up to half of adult mental disorders could be averted with effective intervention in early childhood, in addition to improving childhood experiences.

 

Professor Melissa Green looks at the camera, smiling
Professor Melissa Green

Melissa Green is Professor of Psychiatry at UNSW and Group Leader at Neuroscience Research Australia. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney in 2002. Her research uses methods from epidemiology (http://nsw-cds.com.au/), neuroscience, and genetics to identify modifiable risk factors for mental disorders in the general population to enable the prevention of mental illness.

Up to half of adult mental disorders could be averted with effective intervention in early childhood, in addition to improving childhood experiences. Using linked population data, we have identified children at high risk of developing mental disorders later in life, according to developmental vulnerability profiles at the time of school entry (aged 5 years). These early childhood risk profiles predict a range of health, educational and justice outcomes that may represent intermediate steps on the path to adult mental disorders.   

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