Lauren McLellan


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I am Director of My Mind Check, a new free and voluntary digital mental health and wellbeing screening tool for all Australian schools, funded by the Federal Department of Education. I am also Co-Deputy Director of the Lifespan Health and Wellbeing Research Centre. My research aims to use technology to remove barriers to families accessing good quality assessment and treatment for youth mental health. I focus on applied research that works to include and serve as many Australian families as possible across a range of context (including in education). I have developed online interventions that have been used by Australian families, in Australian public schools, and internationally in Norway, Denmark and United States.

Research interests

- Increasing access to effective treatments for anxiety & related emotional problems in youth using technology. 

- Improving outcomes of anxiety treatments in youth. Projects include developing and evaluating a novel intervention for children with social anxiety, developing assessment methods to identify individuals that may not respond as well as others to standard treatment programs.

- Improving engagement and motivation for treatment in order to enhance outcomes.

- Evaluating interventions in real-world settings for example community health, schools, clinical practice.

Research student supervision

I supervise Masters level and HDR students studying a range of topics in clinical psychology, including

- developing or improving measures/assessment, 

- understanding therapy processes related to symptom improvement

- predictors of outcome and matching clients to therapy

- methods to include technology in assessment and therapy

Research engagement

I work with a number of universities and organisations

- Departments of Education

- Royal Far West

- LaTrobe University

- Aarhus University, Denmark

- University of Bergen, Norway

- Child and Youth Mental Health Services

- Surrey and Borders NHS Mental HealthFoundation Trust, UK


I am a member of the Local Organising Committee for the upcoming International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) Conference in Auckland New Zealand 13-15 February 2019.

Community engagement

- I conduct professional training on the Cool Kids and Cool Little Kids programs.

- I regularly present community seminars on anxiety amongst pre-school and primary school children.

- I have appeared on Channel 7 Daily Edition and The Morning Show.


Professional Memberships and Clinical Registrations

I am a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Anxiety Practitioners Network.

I am a registered Clinicial Psychologist PSY0001642431.

I am a Psychology Board of Australia Approved Clinical Supervisor.


I have previously taught on the Masters of Clinical Psychology program convening and lecturing on topics including child and family assessment and treatment, as well as assessment and treatment of a broad array of clinical presentations in adults. I have also conducted guest lectures at a range of other institutions. I love contributing to training future psychologists.


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