Associate Professor Jo Robinson
PhD, MSc Applied Psy., BSc Hons Psy.
Jo Robinson is an Associate Professor at Orygen the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, where she leads the suicide prevention research unit. Under her leadership the unit has sustained a consistent upward trajectory. It supports one project manager, two research fellows, nine research assistants, and several students. The unit is regarded as the leading centre of youth suicide research in the world.
A/Prof Robinson’s work focuses on the development, and rigorous testing, of novel interventions that specifically target at risk youth across settings, on evidence synthesis, and on the translation of research evidence into practice and policy. Examples of some current projects include the development of a multi-layered and systematic approach to youth suicide prevention across north-west Melbourne, the establishment of a self-harm monitoring program in emergency departments across Victoria, and a suite of studies examining the potential utility of social media platforms in suicide prevention. The latter includes a national study, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health that lead to the development of the #chatsafe guidelines, the first evidence-based best practice guidelines for safe peer-peer communication about suicide online in the world.
She has a keen interest in policy development and evaluation and is regularly called upon to provide advice to both state and federal government.
- Children or young people
- Suicidal behaviour(suicidal ideation, suicidal risk, suicide attempt)
- Mental health, mental ill health
- Settings (workplaces, mental health services, education, communities)
- Research opportunities
Developing guidelines to help young people communicate safely about suicide on social media: A Delphi study.
Robinson J, Hill, TN, Thorn P, Battersby R, Teh Z, Reavley NJ, Pirkis J, Lamblin M, Rice S, Skehan J.
Plos One, 15:13(11), 2018
View at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
What works in youth suicide prevention? A systematic review and meta-analysis
Robinson J, Bailey E, Witt K, Stefanac N, Millner A, Currier D, Pirkis J, Condron P, Hetrick S.
EClinical Medicine, 4/5; 52-91, 2018
View at www.thelancet.com
Universal Suicide Prevention in Young People: An Evaluation of the safeTALK Program in Australian High Schools.
Bailey E., Spittal M., Pirkis J., Gould M., Robinson J.
Crisis, 2017 doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000465.
View at psycnet.apa.org
Spatial suicide clusters in Australia between 2010 and 2012: a comparison of cluster and non-cluster suicides among young people and adults.
Robinson J, Too LS, Pirkis J, Spitall M
BMC Psychiatry. 16:417. (2018) DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-1127-8.
View at www.researchgate.net
Social media and suicide prevention: A systematic review
Robinson J, Cox G, Bailey E, Hetrick S, Rodrigues M, Fisher S, Herrman H
Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10(2): 103-21. (2016)
View at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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