Jayashri Kulkarni is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on women’s mental health. She is currently the Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.
Other Appointments and Qualifications: Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS medical degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked in emergency medicine before specialising in psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997. In 2009, she set up a specialist Women’s Mental Health Clinic, which focuses on treating women with mental ill health related to hormone issues. The Clinic won a Victorian Government Award in 2011.
Influence: Professor Kulkarni is internationally recognised for her expertise in the treatment of mental illness, particularly in women’s mental health. She has pioneered the use of estrogen as a treatment in schizophrenia and has developed many other innovative treatments for mental illnesses. She is a passionate advocate of patient-focused mental health research. With more than a third of mental illness sufferers not responsive to current treatments, she believes there is an urgent need for investment in clinical psychiatry research so as new and effective treatments for mental illness can be developed. She is a regular media commentator on mental health related issues.