May 31, 2017

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Meet the Speaker: Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

#IEPA11  Using Online Social Media to Foster Long-term Recovery in Youth Mental Health


Mario Alvarez-Jimenez
Head of E-Health
Orygen The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Melbourne, Australia

Associate Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez is Head of e-health at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. A/Prof Alvarez-Jimenez leads a large multidisciplinary team focused on bringing about long-term psychosocial recovery in youth mental health through online social media-based technologies, virtual reality and new models of psychotherapy. He is also a registered clinical psychologist and continues to work clinically with young people suffering from mental disorders.

Mario’s team has developed treatment platforms that combine online social media, interactive evidence-based psychological interventions, and multidisciplinary expert and peer moderation to address major challenges in youth mental health treatment, such as bringing about long-term recovery, through entirely novel combinations of multi-disciplinary expertise. The ehealth team at Orygen integrates theoretical models of human computer interaction, online social media, creative writing, art, design, mathematics, and psychology to engage young people with severe mental health disorders and to provide individually tailored interventions that improve their lives over the longer term.

Since 2010, Mario has attracted 26 competitive grants (13 as principal investigator), totalling over $15M in competitive research funding (over $5M as principal investigator).

In 2012, he was awarded the CR Roper Fellowship by the University of Melbourne, as well as the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) Young Investigator Award. In 2013, he was awarded the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research by the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference. In 2014, Mario obtained a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) career development fellowship and was awarded the 2014 Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Rising Star Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Research Excellence Award by the National Health and Medical Research Council being Top-Ranked in the Career Development Fellowship-Clinical scheme Australia-wide.

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