Michelle is a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Her research is primarily in suicide prevention, with an specific interest in youth suicide prevention and understanding how early onset risk factors affect long term outcomes. Her current roles include being the Deputy Director for the evaluation of a large-scale systems approach suicide prevention trial ('LifeSpan') - which is the largest suicide prevention trial ever undertaken in Australia. She is also the principle investigator of the design and testing of an app for reducing suicidal thinking among young people, and is working with the NSW Department of Education to embed early childhood universal prevention programs for well being into primary schools. She has worked in academic research settings at UNSW for over 14 years (2005 - 2015 at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; 2015 - present at the Black Dog Institute) across multiple epidemiological and clinical studies. She has a strong publication track record (50 papers; >920 citations, H-index: 18), and has been named on $20.5M of funding since 2016, despite only completing her PhD in 2015. Her supervisory experience to date includes 1 PhD candidate, and 6 ILP students. She has a strong focus on the development of students and emerging researchers, and runs a training and development group at Black Dog Institute and leads the capacity building work within the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention.