Professor Jeannette Milgrom
Executive Director

Jeannette Milgrom is Professor of Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical and Health Psychology at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia. In 2001 Jeannette established the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) focusing on high-risk infants, postnatal depression, and developing psychological treatments. She has had international recognition for her work with mothers and babies. Jeannette was awarded an AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List, for significant service to psychology as a researcher, advisor and administrator, to education, and to professional organisations. Her book on treating postnatal depression has been translated into Italian and condensed in French. PIRI is based at Austin Health in a psychology hospital department she established over 25 years, which is held in high regard as a model for integrating clinical services, research and teaching. Jeannette also convened the Doctor of Psychology (Health), University of Melbourne and was Chair of the National Executive of the College of Health Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society from 2002-2004. She is the recipient of 70 research grants and author/editor of 7 books, 17 chapters and has published 116 scientific articles including in Nature and Lancet journals.

She has been successful as Principal Investigator on three prestigious National and Health Medical Research and a National Institute of Health grants over the last 5 years, investigating neurobehavioural development in preterm infants and developing internet treatment of postnatal depression. In a landmark publication, improvement in infant brain connectivity (visible on MRI scans) was found following a stress-reduction intervention by parents (Milgrom et al., 2010, Ped Res, 67).She continues to be a leading influence: recently editing a state-of-the-art book on screening.

She was a principal researcher in the National Postnatal Depression Program (beyondblue 2002-2006) whose results were instrumental in Australian Government funding of $85 million for universal screening for Perinatal Depression. She was Chair of the beyondblue National Workforce Training Committee and is involved in training health professionals how to assess and manage perinatal depression. A major thrust of her work is to focus on child outcomes, disseminate findings widely and influence health policy.