Dr. Austin is jointly appointed between psychiatry and medical genetics. The objective of her research program is to use a clinical genetics perspective to inform the development of novel biological and non-biological interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disorders and to support their families.
She is particularly interested in:
- Improving outcomes for people with mental illness and their families by helping them to better understand the causes of mental illness.
- Contributing to a better understanding of factors that contribute to the development of postpartum depression, and developing new nutritional interventions to reduce women’s risk for postpartum depression
- Modifying healthcare professionals attitudes towards individuals with mental illness.