Associate Professor Geoff Waghorn

Head of the Social Inclusion and Recovery Group

Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

+61 7 3271 8673





Dr Geoffrey Waghorn has worked in the field of psychiatric disabilities as a researcher, clinical psychologist, rehabilitation consultant and disability officer. He is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Griffith University’s School of Applied Psychology.

Dr Waghorn’s research aims to increase the social inclusion of people with severe and persistent mental illness. To date the Social Inclusion and Recovery Group at QCMHR, of which Dr Waghorn leads, has published 108 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in this field.

Research Interests

Dr Waghorn’s research goals include developing and trialling the systems, measures, and interventions needed to help people with severe and persistent mental illnesses to become active and included members of the wider community. His research group has contributed to an increased uptake of evidence-based practices in vocational rehabilitation for people with psychiatric disabilities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Recent projects of the Social Inclusion and Recovery Group include:

  • A multi-site randomised controlled trial of evidence-based supported employment in Queensland and Tasmania
  • Systematic reviews of labour force activity by people in different countries with different categories of mental illness
  • National surveys of psychosis: reporting education and employment activity among Australians with psychosis

Other projects have led to the development of valid and reliable tools to measure progress in vocation rehabilitation and in community participation.


Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Waikato
Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology, The University of Queensland
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland


Morgan, V., …, Waghorn, G., et al. (2016). An update on new findings and potential interventions from the Australian national survey of psychotic disorders, the Survey of High Impact Psychosis—SHIP. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Lockett, H., Waghorn, G., Kidd, R., Chant, D. (2016). Predictive validity of evidence-based practices in supported employment. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mental Health Review, 21(4), 261-281.

Parletta, V., Waghorn, G., Dias, S. (in press). The applicability of evidence-based supported employment to adults with mental illnesses and participation obligations. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Waghorn, G., Hielscher, E., Saha, S., McGrath, J.J. (in press). Cognitive and clinical indicators of employment assistance needs in a national survey of psychosis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Waghorn, G. (2016). Special issue: Vocational rehabilitation (II). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(11), 641-642.

Waghorn, G. (2016). Special issue: Vocational rehabilitation (I). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(5), 255-256.

Waghorn, G., Hielscher, E., Atyeo, J., Saha, S. (2016). The impact of psychotic disorders and comorbid substance abuse on vocational rehabilitation: Results from a national survey of psychosis. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79, 290-298.

Gladman B., Waghorn, G. (2016). The employment experiences of people with severe mental illness. Work, 53, 835-843.

Parletta, V., Waghorn, G. (2016). The financial viability of evidence-based supported employment for people with mental illnesses in a blended funding system. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 44, 227-241.

McGahey, E., Waghorn, G., Lloyd, C., Morrissey S., & Williams PL. (2016). A formal plan for self-disclosure enhances employment outcomes for young people with severe mental illness. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10, 178-185.

Hielscher, E., Waghorn, G. (2016). The thematic congruence of a plan for helping people with severe mental illness manage their personal information in supported employment. Journal of Rehabilitation, 82(1), 12-26.