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Youth Mental Health

Three-quarters of mental disorders occur before the age of 25 years. The Thompson Institute is conducting novel clinical and neurobiological studies to better understand and support the mental health of young people.
Longitudinal adolescent brain study

An ambitious, world-first study of the brain and its exciting changes through adolescence.

Open to participants aged 12-15 years
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AAIMS: Adolescence study

Investigating links between gut health, the brain, and Mediterranean eating patterns.

Open to teenagers with and without ADHD
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Cyberbullying impact research

The first study to use functional MRI to understand the impacts of cyberbullying on young people.

Brain Changer school workshops

We visited schools to teach young people five ways to supercharge their brains.

Combatting Anxiousness for Learning Minds (CALM)

Understanding how anxiousness impacts children's attention and how mindfulness can help.


What the future of youth mental health care might look like, as brain study reaches milestone

As the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS) turns 5, Professor Daniel Hermens from UniSC's Thompson Institute has published research suggesting the future of preventative mental health could lie in giving 12-year-olds brain scans.

Changing Minds: How a teacher-turned-neuroscientist is helping teenage brains

Guidance counsellor-turned neuroscientist returns to the classroom, to deliver a pilot program shaping healthy teenage brains.

Size matters when it comes to the ‘tail’ of a teenager’s brain

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to the ‘tail’ of a teenager’s brain, researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast have found.

Research contacts

Daniel Hermens
Professor Daniel Hermens

Professor of Youth Mental Health and Neurobiology | Thompson Institute

Amanda Boyes
Dr Amanda Boyes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Youth Mental Health) - Thompson Institute