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Professor Henry Jackson

BA, MA (Auckland), MA (Clinical Psychology) (Melbourne), PhD (Monash)

Elected: 2009

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: clinical psychology, early psychosis, personality disorders, case formulation, delusional infestation


Professor Henry Jackson is a Professor Emeritus in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  Professor Jackson’s expertise is in clinical psychology with regards to youth mental health and severe mental illness, especially in the fields of early psychosis and personality disorders.  He is currently examining new psychological treatments for psychotic and borderline personality disorders and the role of social cognition in the psychopathology of these disorders.  Other areas of expertise include:

  • Clinical psychology training
  • Case formulation
  • Delusional infestation
  • Psychiatric diagnoses.

Key appointments in the last ten years:

  • President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) now renamed as the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR)
  • Chair of the NH&MRC Project Grants Panel for Psychology and Psychiatry


  • 1994 – 2000:  Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • 1998:  Concurrently with above, Convenor of Professional Training, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • 2000:  Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne and continued as Convenor of Professional Training, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne
  • 2003:  Deputy Head, Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne
  • 2005 – 2007:  Head, Department of Psychology, School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne
  • 2008 –  Professor, Department of Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2014 – current, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne


2004                   Awarded Distinguished Career Award for 2004 by the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)

2005                   Awarded the Ian M Campbell Prize from the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists for “an outstanding contribution in research, therapy and/or social applicability”


Public Article 2017:

O’CONNELL, J., & JACKSON, H.J. (9 February 2017). Unusual conditions: delusional infestation with insects or spiders. The Conversation, Australia.


Peer-Reviewed Journal papers 2014-2017

  • 2017
  • TAY, S-A, HULBERT, C.A., JACKSON, H.J., and CHANEN, A.M. Affective and cognitive theory of mind abilities in youth with borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research, 255, 405-411 (2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.016
  • THOMPSON, K.N., JACKSON, H., McCUTCHEON, L., CAVELTI, M., BETTS, J., JOVEV, M., and CHANEN, A. Clinical significance of sub-threshold borderline personality disorder features in youth aged 15-24 years. Journal of Personality Disorders, accepted 6 June 2017.
  • O’CONNELL, J.E., and JACKSON, H.J. Unusual conditions: Delusional infestation: is it beyond psychological understanding and treatment? Time to rethink? Psychosis DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2017.1405063. Published online: 24 Nov 2017.
  • QUIRK, S.A., BERK, M., PASCOE, J.A., BRENNAN-OLSEN, S.L., CHANEN, A.M., KOIVUMAA-HONKANEN, H., BURKE, L., JACKSON, H.J., HULBERT, C.A., OLSSEN, C., MORAN, P., STUART, L.A., and WILLIAMS, L.J. The prevalence, age distribution and comorbidity of personality disorders in Australian women.Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51, 141-150 (2017) Doi:10.1177/0004867416649032
  • 2016
  • WILLIAMS, L.J., PASCOE, J. A., JACKSON, H., KIROPOULOS, L., STUART, A., JACKA, F.N. and BERK, M. – Depression as a risk factor for fracture in women: A 10-year longitudinal study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 192, 34-40 (2016)
  • O’CONNELL, J.E. and JACKSON, H.J. – Delusional infestation: The case for improved mental state testing. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (5) 462-465 (2016) Doi:10.1177/1039856216641307
  • BRYANT, C., BEI, B., GILSON, K-M., KOMITI, A., JACKSON, H., and JUDD, F. Antecedents of attitudes to aging: A study of the roles of personality and well-being. Gerontologist, 56, 256-265 (2016)
  • SKOCIC, S., JACKSON, H., HULBERT, C., and FABER, C – The maintaining factors of social anxiety. A three-group comparison of a clinical sample with highly socially anxious students and non-anxious students. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44, 385-396 (2016) Doi:10.1017/S1352465815000685
  • 2015
  • BENDALL, S., ALLOTT, K., JOVEV, M., MAROIS, M-J., KILLACKEY, E.J., GLEESON, J.F., ALVAREZ-JIMENEZ, M., McGORRY, P.D., and JACKSON, H.J. – Therapy contamination as a measure of therapist treatment adherence in a trial of cognitive behaviour therapy versus befriending for psychosis. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 43, 314-327 (2015)
  • SKOCIC, S., JACKSON, H.J., and HULBERT, C.A. – Beyond DSM-5: An alternative approach to assessing Social Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 30, 8-15 (2015)
  • CHANEN, A., JACKSON, H., COTTON, S. M., GLEESON, J., DAVEY, C. G., BETTS, J., REID, S, THOMPSON, K. and McCUTCHEON, L. – Comparing three forms of early intervention for youth with borderline personality disorder (the MOBY study): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 1–10.  http://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-015-1001-x (2015)
  • 2014
  • BENDALL, S., LIM, M.H., ALVAREZ-JIMENEZ, M., HULBERT, C.A., McGORRY, P.D., and JACKSON, H.J. – Selective attention to threat is specific to delusions in first-episode psychosis. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5 (2), 191-199 (2014)
  • LIM, M.H., GLEESON, J.F., JACKSON, H.J., FERNANDEZ, K.C – Social relationships and quality of life moderate distress associated with delusional ideation. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 49, 97-107 (2014)
  • YUEN, K., HARRIGAN, S.M., MACKINNON, A.J., HARRIS, M.G., YUEN, H.P., HENRY, L.P., JACKSON, H.J., and McGORRY, P.M. – Long-term follow-up of all-cause and unnatural death in young people with first-episode psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 159, 70-75 (2014)
  • KOMITI, A., JACKSON, H., NANKERVIS, A., CONN, J., ALLAN, and JUDD, F. (2014). Psychosocial influences on glycemic control in women with pre-existing diabetes preparing for pregnancy. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 38, 439-443. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2013.12.007



Email: henryjj [at] unimelb.edu.au

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