Associate Professor Ed Heffernan

Head of the Forensic Mental Health Group

Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research


Associate Professor Ed Heffernan leads the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research’s Forensic Mental Health Group.

Associate Professor Ed Heffernan is the Director of Queensland Forensic Mental Health Services and an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. He has had a key leadership role in Forensic Mental Health Services in Queensland including the development and establishment of mental health programs to support those with mental health problems in contact with police, courts, watch houses and prisons.

He has been the principal investigator for a number of significant mental health and criminal justice research projects. As a clinician he has worked in general adult and forensic psychiatry in both public and private sector settings. As a service leader he has had key roles within the Queensland mental health system including being a delegate of the Director of Mental Health and the Queensland representative on the national mental health Safety Quality Partnership Steering Committee.