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Helen Berry

  • Professor
  • Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health
  • University of Sydney School of Medical Sciences
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  • 1117CitationsNumber of citations received by Helen's publications. Updated daily.

Research interests

mental healthclimate changeremote rural urbanmarginalisation and disadvantagesocial capital


Professor Helen Berry MA BSC BAPPPSYCH PHD GAICD is Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health. She is a widely-cited psychiatric epidemiologist and expert in how climate change, disasters and social and physical place influence mental health and wellbeing. She is currently working with the Lancet Countdown on mental health and is also advising on a major new mental health disaster impact and recovery study of the impact of Cyclone Debbie in March/April 2017: After the flood -- Community recovery in the Northern Rivers. She has developed multiple population screening measures including the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire, the Brief Weather Disaster Trauma Exposure and Impact Screen and others which are included in the Northern Rivers project. Helen has been supported by major competitive research funding and other awards and has led influential research-policy initiatives. Her research career builds on a previous 12-year career in federal and state public policy and on 13 years of voluntary executive leadership service in the for-social-gain relationships services sector. Helen holds an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne and is a Director of Altitude Consulting Pty Ltd, a hi-tech management, business and research consulting company.

Co-authors (119)

Publications (5)

  • The Relationship between Subjective Falls-Risk Assessment Tools and Functional, Health-Related, and Body Composition Characteristics

    • Smee D
    • Berry H
    • Anson J
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  • Climate change, food, water and population health in China

    • Tong S
    • Berry H
    • Ebi K
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  • The importance of humidity in the relationship between heat and population mental health: Evidence from Australia

    • Ding N
    • Berry H
    • Bennett C
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  • Lack of association between drought and mental health in a cohort of 45-61 year old rural Australian women

    • Powers J
    • Dobson A
    • Berry H
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  • Measuring Social Capital at the Individual Level: Personal Social Capital, Values and Psychological Distress

    • Berry H
    • Rickwood D
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Professional experience

Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health

University of Sydney School of Medical Sciences

October 2017 - Present

Honorary Senior Fellow

University of Melbourne

June 2017 - Present



Australian National University

January 2000 - July 2005(6 years)