Conference 2017 - Professor Helen Chenery


Professor Helen Chenery

Professor Chenery is a leading clinical researcher in language neuroscience and specializes in the area of language disorders that result from acquired neurological damage or disease.

She has published widely in the areas of speech pathology; the neurobiology of language; the impact of neurobionics including Deep Brain Stimulation on language and cognition; eHealth/mHealth practice; health workforce innovation and reform; and inter-professional learning and practice.

Professor Chenery has extensive strategic and operational experience in executive leadership roles within the higher education and health sectors, most recently as Professor and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation at The University of Queensland (UQ) and prior to that as Deputy Executive Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UQ.

She has taught over 4,000 students in her career including the supervision of 25 Research Higher Degree students. She is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence entitled The Dynamics of Language and holds other ARC and competitive grants.

Professor Chenery is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive Director on the boards of the Cerebral Palsy League (Qld) and the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

Bond University

  • Adolescents, mental health and the App store: What does the evidence say?
  • Authors: Prof Helen J. Chenery, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University.
  • Prof Christopher Stapleberg, Conjoint Professor of Mental Health, Bond University and Gold Coast University Hospital.
  • Dr Oyungerel Byambasuren, PhD candidate, Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University.

Adolescents, mental health and the App store: What does the evidence say?

Young people are frequent users of digital technologies particularly mHealth, which refers to the use of mobile computing and communication technologies in healthcare and public health. The broad reach of mobile phones and the easy access to health applications (referred to as apps) means these technologies could serve large numbers of people at low cost. It is predicted that the mHealth technology market will grow 33% by the year 2020, making it one of the largest growing segments. But what is currently available for adolescents who are searching for assistance around mental health issues? And what does the evidence say about their effectiveness? In this presentation, we shall review the existing literature on mental health apps and provide a checklist for users of apps to guide their choice.