Professor Phillip Mitchell

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Philip Mitchell AM, MB BS (Hons I), MD, FRANZCP, FRCPsych is Scientia Professor and Head of the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; Member, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Committee; Vice-President (Governance), International Society for Bipolar Disorders; Convenor, Australasian Society for Bipolar and Depressive Disorders; Consultant Psychiatrist, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney; Director, Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Black Dog Institute, Sydney; Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Visiting Professor, Harbin Medical University, China; Board Member of the Black Dog Institute; and Board Member of the Anika Foundation for Adolescent Depression and Suicide, Sydney.


His research and clinical interests are in bipolar disorder and depression, with a particular focus on: predictors of the development of bipolar disorder in at-risk individuals; molecular genetics of bipolar disorder; pharmacological and psychological treatments for bipolar disorder and depression; clinical phenomenology of bipolar disorder and depression; and stimulatory therapies for depression (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and direct current stimulation). Professor Mitchell has published (in conjunction with colleagues) over 400 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters on these topics and is lead investigator on an Australian NHMRC-funded Program Grant on depression and bipolar disorder. He is an associate editor of ‘Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease’ and ‘Neuropsychiatry’, and also serves on the editorial boards of ‘Psychiatric Genetics’, ‘CNS Drugs’, ‘CNS Spectrums’, ‘Current Therapeutic Research’, ‘Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology’ and ‘Medicine Today’.


In 2002 Prof. Mitchell was awarded the Senior Research Award of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). In 2004, he received the Founders Medal of the Australasian Society for Psychiatry Research. In 2006, he received a Medical Media award from Research Australia for his media commentary on a wide range of mental health issues. In 2008, he received a Rotary International Vocational Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding contributions made by individuals or teams for significant advancement in their field in Australia. In 2008, he was invited to give the endowed Samuel Novey Lecture in Psychological Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In the 2010 Australia Day honours list Professor Mitchell was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medical education, particularly in the field of psychiatry, as an academic, researcher and practitioner, through contributions to the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses. In 2013 he was awarded the College Citation of the RANZCP for exceptional service to psychiatry.