DR Simon Rice

DR Simon Rice




  • Dr Simon Rice is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellow. He works as a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, at The University of Melbourne. To date Simon has obtained >$9.6M in research funding as a Chief Investigator, and has published >100 peer reviewed scientific publications. He has as a joint clinical and research interest in men's mental health,in addition to e-mental health interventions, and the treatment of moderate-severe mood disorders in young people. Simon has experience in the area of elite sports mental health, including research and training consultancies to the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia and Professional Footballers Australia. He is a current member of the IOC Expert Consensus Group on Elite Athlete Mental Health and himself an avid marathon runner with a PB of 3hrs 19mins. Simon holds a concurrent clinical position at the Youth Mood Clinic, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program - an early intervention service for young people experiencing severe and complex depression and suicidality. He has previous experience in a range of acute and outpatient settings, including a residential program for military veterans experiencing severe combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and forensic mental health treatment within a men's maximum security prison. Prior to this Simon taught and lectured in tertiary and secondary education settings throughout Australia and East Timor. Simon formerly coordinated the fish oil youth depression study, a multi-site RCT examining the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids as a first line treatment for major depression in young people, and is principal investigator on a number of innovative e-mental health interventions for social anxiety in young men, and suicidality in young people.



Member of

  • APA Division 51 - Study of the Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Member 2017 -
  • American Psychological Association (APA). Member 2017 -
  • International Association for Youth Mental Health. Member 2013 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Member 2012 -
  • Society for Mental Health Research. Member 2012 -
  • Psychology Board of Australia. Registered Psychologist 2007 -
  • Victorian Instituite of Teaching. Registered Teacher 2003 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Selected funding:
    2015 – 2016 Development of Tasmanian Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy: Funded by the Tasmanian State Government: $172,111
    2015 – 2016 Developing guidelines for online mental healthcare: A Delphi study: Funded by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre: $40,000
    2015 – 2016 Society for Mental Health Research, Early Career Fellowship: $100,000
    2014 – 2016 Population-level moderated online social therapy (MOST+): Funded by the Young and Well CRC: $1,024,100
    2013 – 2015 Preventing relapse of major depressive disorder in young people, funded by HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation: $199,595
    2009 – 2011 Development and psychometric validation of the Male Depression Risk Scale, funded by APA PhD Scholarship: $65,000
    2009 – 2010 Workplace mental health and wellbeing climate survey, funded by the Country Fire Authority: $68,000



Education and training

  • GardCertClinEpi, The University of Newcastle 2014
  • PhD, Australian Catholic University 2012
  • MPsych, Australian Catholic University 2011
  • BSc(Hons), University of Tasmania 2006
  • DipEd, Australian Catholic University 2002
  • BBSc, La Trobe University 2001

Awards and honors

  • Australia & New Zealand Mental Health Services Awards - Early Career Award for Innovation, 2016
  • Australian Psychological Society - Early Career Researcher Award, 2016
  • Beck Institute Philadelphia - Postdoctoral Training Scholarship, 2015
  • Early Career Fellowship - Society of Mental Health Research, 2015
  • Early Career Scholar Award - Society of Mental Health Research, 2014
  • Student Prize, College of Clinical Psychologists - Australian Psychological Society, 2013
  • Best Debut Presentation - 2013 Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Annual Conference, 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend, Commonwealth Government, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for research supervision.