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Helen Stain

Professor Helen Stain

Associate Head of School (Research & Knowledge Exchange)

Phone: 0113 283 7670

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science, University of Western Australia

    Masters Clinical Psychology

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia

  • Bachelor of Arts, Murdoch University

    Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (Psychology)

Professional Qualifications

  • Masters Clinical Psychology, MClinPsych

    1 Sep 2003 -


Helen J Stain is Professor of Psychology and is the Associate Head for Research and Knowledge Exchange School of Social and Health Sciences

Professor Stain joined Leeds Trinity University in November 2017 following a four year appointment at Durham University, UK. Prior to this she was an Associate Professor with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia, where she developed a research programme in child, youth and family mental health at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. Professor Stain holds honorary positions in Norway (Stavanger University Hospital, Early Intervention in Psychosis Research Centre, Norway) and Australia (University of Sydney and University of Newcastle). She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of both trauma and psychosis with a particular focus on young people.

 At Durham University, Professor Stain was Head of the Mental Health Research Group (MHRG), an elected member of Academic Senate and of the Senate Governance Review committee, as well as being Deputy Director of Research for the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. In 2014 she led the development of a European Consortium (8 sites across 5 countries) and the submission of a 6 million euro Horizon2020 grant application. While the application was unsuccessful at stage two, the consortium continues to work collaboratively. Professor Stain has been awarded over £5million in grant income since 2005 and has published 45 peer reviewed journal articles.

The core focus of her youth mental health research programme is the development of early interventions to prevent onset of mental health disorders or improve outcomes in terms of psychological functioning, quality of life and social inclusion. The approach is to target both clinically enriched samples (ultra high risk for psychosis) and broader youth samples (disengaged or NEET) to develop and trial psychological interventions. In 2013 she established Youth Speak, a group for young people with experience of mental health problems and an interest in shaping research. Youth Speak has informed a number of research studies, facilitated grants (eg Leverhulme Grant) and co-authored two publications.

 As Associate Head for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Stain will drive the development of a strong research culture for the School of Social and Health Sciences, and foster collaborative links regionally, nationally and internationally. She is passionate to support the development of early career researchers and will establish teams of researchers in order to build capacity for the School. The new Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy for the School will target the growth of research, quality of outputs, increased external partnerships and support for PhD candidates and early career researchers.