Dr Karen Hallam is the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Youth AOD Research and Training at the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Melbourne. In this role, Karen leads a team of researchers, evaluators and trainers in directly improving young peoples lives through evidence and education around the complex issues surrounding youth disadvantage. Karen has been a researcher and practitioner in clinical psychology for over a decade and completed her PhD in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Melbourne on mood disorders and Clinical Psychology Masters qualification at RMIT. Since then, Karen has worked as a Senior Lecturer/ Senior Research Fellow in University settings training clinical psychologists alongside health systems research. Clinically, Karen continues to practice as a clinical psychologist with experience in public and private mental health settings. Karen's research and clinical track record focuses on early intervention, mood, circadian rhythms and sleep, wellbeing and working with young people. Karen is particularly skilled at research design and trial implementation and finding out 'what works in the real world'. In terms of output, Karen has over 50 peer reviewed research publications, over 1,300 citations and a strong track record of national and international speaking and workshop facilitation and has won international awards for her work. Most recently Karen has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Clinical Psychologist Journal. Karen has a strong interest in wellbeing programs and identifying the '1 percenters' that improve mental health and wellbeing through simple lifestyle changes. To this end, Karen has previously worked with Shane Bilsborough in developing the first empirical findings showing mental health benefits from a 10,000 step program.