Mental Health

Mental Health


It is likely that every Australian will be impacted by mental illness at some time during their lives The Raine Study has collected detailed information on behavioural and emotional development. This information is used to understand the social and biological pathways that lead to mental health disorders. Information collected on mothers during their pregnancies has enabled the group to examine the relationships between the characteristics of prenatal life (e.g., exposure to chemicals, maternal stress, fetal growth) and mental health outcomes. Physical assessment and biological samples have been used to identify biological mechanisms that may influence mental health outcomes. The group has examined social and lifestyle factors that may contribute to mental health, including the family environment, schooling, friendships, sport, risk taking behaviour and bullying. Research has also been undertaken on diet and nutrition (including breast feeding) and how this affects mental health outcomes.


Research Team

Dr Ashleigh Lin PhD

Prof Florian Zepf MD

Prof Andrew Whitehouse PhD

Dr Kevin Runions PhD

Professor Donna Cross PhD

Professor Romola Bucks PhD

Dr Anne Smith PhD

Dr Karina Allen PhD

Dr Vijay Panicker MBBS PhD FRACO

Dr Monique Robinson PhD

Peter Jacoby, MSc

A/Prof Craig Pennell MBBS PhD FRANZCOG

Dr Jianghong Li MSc PhD


Dr Gina Trapp PhD

Prof Wendy Oddy MPH PhD

Prof Steve Zubrick PhD


Prof Craig Ollssen

University of Melbourne



  • Carly Herbison PhD candidate
  • Janice Wong PhD candidate
  • Katerina Chin-A-Loy PhD candidate
  • Jessica Tearne PhD candidate



  • 2013, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UWA Near Miss Grant, Karina Allen, $70,000 
  • 2012-2014, NHMRC 1030148, W Oddy, F Stanley, L Beilin, C Pennell, B Koletzko,   Demmelmair, W Peissner, Analysis of metabolic profiles in young adults from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study by metabolomics: biomarkers for metabolic consequences of early programming by infant feeding type, $323,250. 
  • 2011-2015 NHMRC 1003424, A Whitehouse, M Maybery, C Dissanayake, M Hickey, C Pennell, , Prenatal and early postnatal risk factors for autism spectrum disorders, $671,938. 
  • 2011-2013, NHMRC 1022134, W Oddy, T Mori, L Adams, S Byrne, Nutritional determinants of cardiometabolic risk and mental health: from infancy to adulthood, $481,725. 
  • 2010-2012 NHMRC 634509, R Skinner, M Hickey, D Doherty, E Mattes, S Rosenthal, A Smith, S Cooper, Childhood determinants of risky sexual behaviour in adolescence: A prospective cohort study, $371,025. 
  • 2010-2011, Foundation for Children, J Li et al, Impact of parental work on mental health in Australian children, $160,000. 
  • 2009- 2010, Rotary Health, E Mattes, M Hickey, I McKeague, E Susser, P Jacoby, R Skinner, J Newnham, Prenatal androgen exposure and its influence on mental health in childhood and adolescence, $195,000.



Professor Florian Zepf MD