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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”

2018 Awarded the Founders Medal from the Society for Mental Health Research: “This medal is awarded in honour of the founders of SMHR to the researcher who, over their entire career, has made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research.”


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 2016-2019

In press

CAVETI, M, THOMPSON, K., HULBERT, C., BETTS, J., JACKSON, H., FRANCEY, S., HOMAN, P., and CHANEN, A. An exploratory comparison of auditory verbal hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms among youth with borderline personality disorder or schizophrenia spectrum disorder. Early Intervention in Psychiatry First published online 28 November 2018 https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12763

CHANEN, A.M., BETTS, J., JACKSON, H., McGORRY, P., NELSON, B., COTTON, S.M., BARTHOLOMEUZ, C., JOVEV, M., RATHEESH, A., DAVEY, C., PANTELIS, C., McCUTCHEON, L., FRANCEY, S., BHADURI, A., LOWE, D., RAYNER, V., and THOMPSON, K. Aripiprazole compared with placebo for auditory verbal hallucinations in youth with borderline personality disorder: Protocol for the VERBATIM randomized controlled trial. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, accepted 6 December 2018. Now online https://doi.org/10.1111/ejp.12774

COTTON, S.M., BERK, M., JACKSON, H.J., MURRAY, G., FILIA, K., HASTY, M., CHANEN, A.DAVEY, C., NELSON, B., RATHEESHI, A., AND MACNEIL, C. Improving functional outcomes in early-stage in early-bipolar disorder: The protocol for the REsearch into COgnitive and behavioural VERsatility trial. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Accepted 13 January 2019, DOI: 10.1111/eip.12797

THOMPSON, K.N., JACKSON, H., CAVELTI, M., BETTS, J., JOVEV, M., McCUTCHEON, L., and CHANEN, A.M. (2019). Number of borderline personality disorder criteria and depression predict poor functioning and quality of life in outpatient youth. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34, published online, February 2019.

KAVANAGH, B.E., WILLIAMS, L.J., BERK, M., TURNER, A., JACKSON, H.J., MOHEBBI, M.B., KANCHANATAWAN, B., ASHTON, M.M., NG, C.H., MAES, M., BERK, L., MAHLI, G.S., DOWLING, N., SINGH, A.B., and DEAN, O.M. Personality disorder and functioning in major depressive disorder; a nested study within a randomized controlled trial. Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry. Accepted March 2019, DOI: 10.1590/1516-4446-2018-0308

    • 2019
    • THOMPSON, K.N., JACKSON, H., McCUTCHEON, L., CAVELTI, M., BETTS, J., JOVEV, M., and CHANEN, A.M. (2019). Clinical significance of subthreshold borderline personality disorder features in outpatient youth. Journal of Personality Disorders, 33, 71-81.

      KILLACKEY, E., ALLOTT, K., JACKSON, H.J., SCUTELLA, R, TSENG, Y-P, BORLAND, J., PROFFITT, T-M., HUNT, S., KAY-LAMBKIN, F., CHINNERY, G., BAKSHEEV, G., ALVAREZ-JIMENEZ., M., McGORRY, P.D., and COTTON, S.M. (2019). Individual placement and support for vocational recovery in first-episode psychosis: randomized controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 214, 76-82. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2018.191

    • 2018
    • O’CONNELL, J.E., and JACKSON, H.J. Unusual conditions: Delusional infestation: is it beyond psychological understanding and treatment? Time to rethink? Psychosis, 10, (1) 38-46. (2018) DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2017.1405063.

      FILIA, K. M., JACKSON, H. J., COTTON, S. M., GARDNER, A., & KILLACKEY, E. (2018). What is social inclusion? A thematic analysis of professional opinion. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 41, 183-195. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000304

    • 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

      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

    • 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


Email: henryjj [at] unimelb.edu.au

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