About the Research Centre

Learn more about The Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Research.

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About the Research Centre

The Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Research (Research Centre) was launched in 2021 to formally merge Spectrum’s Research and Innovation Program with the translation of research outcomes to clinical work and training. The purpose of the Research Centre is to develop, evaluate and promulgate effective treatment, research and training initiatives that further understanding of personality disorder, complex trauma and the relationship between the two. Through the Research Centre, Spectrum shares news about its research activities and achievements with the community, particularly through its annual online research forum.

Objectives of the Research Centre

The objectives of the Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Research Centre include: 

  • facilitating knowledge sharing to promote best practice in the care of people with personality disorder and complex trauma
  • conducting high quality translational research into clinical programs and supporting their translation into practice throughout the mental health system
  • embracing ongoing learning and improvement, utilising co-production principles with lived experience partners 

  • supporting the care of people with complex trauma-related disorders by innovating treatments and guiding delivery of treatment that achieve best possible mental health outcomes

  • generating and collating evidence for best possible clinical care to inform workforce training, practice, and professional development across the mental health system

  • developing guidelines and position statements to inform service delivery, policy and law making

  • identifying and championing evidence-informed pathways and advocating for their resourcing by the Victorian government

  • engaging with clinical, academic, and consumer and carer audiences via annual events such as Spectrum’s Conference and Research Forum

  • striving for excellence and driving innovation through collaboration with services, government agencies and educational institutions, and

  • facilitating sabbatical placements and funding travelling fellowships and visiting scholars.

Collaborative research with the Research Centre

Are you interested in conducting research with the Centre for Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma? Spectrum welcomes contact from researchers and organisations to discuss studies that are designed to clarify aetiology and diagnostic complexity, investigate treatment efficacy and recovery, explore lived experience perspectives, and highlight training needs to improve services for people with personality disorder and complex trauma and people who support them. If you would like to discuss our current research activities and your research interests, please contact the Research Centre via the options below.

Participate in research

Are you interested in participating in research that contributes to our understanding, and optimises care and outcomes for people living with personality disorder and complex trauma? Volunteering to participate in research is a personal decision that requires careful consideration of the risks and benefits. 

Find out more about the potential risks and benefits that might apply to you. If you are interested in participating in research please contact the Research Centre via the options below.

For more information

Please contact the Research Centre via email or call (03) 8413 8750 (ask for Assoc. Prof. Jillian Broadbear, Head of Research)

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