Associate Professor Nicola Warren

Course Coordinator - Mental Health

Medical School
Faculty of Medicine


Nicola Warren is a neuropsychiatrist, Queensland Director of Psychiatry Training and the Mental Health Course Coordinator for the Medical School. In 2018, she established the Neuropsychiatric Service at Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services focusing on the psychiatric care of those with severe movement disorders, epilepsy and autoimmune encephalitis. She has undertaken a PhD in psychiatric clinical decision making in anti-NMDAR encephalitis and has been an international and national invited speaker in the area of autoimmune encephalitis. Nicola was awarded the Australian fellowship to the World Psychiatric Association 2020 and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Early Career Psychiatrist in 2019.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Fellow of the Aus & NZ College of Psychiatrists (Certificate Consultation Liaison Psychiatry)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, James Cook University

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric Clinical Decision Making in Autoimmune Encephalitis
    Psychiatric presentations of anti-NMDAR encephalitis; Role of autoimmune antibody testing in psychosis; Assessment of VGKC and GAD encephalitis in psychiatry; CSF studies in psychosis; Psychiatric treatment for autoimmune encephalitis
  • Medical Morbidity in Severe Mental Illness
    Frailty in severe mental illness; Co-morbidity and multi-morbidity; Physical health in those with treatment resistant schizophrenia
  • Innovative Psychiatric Education
    Interactive e-modules; Online patient simulation; Supervision in psychiatry; Psychiatric formulation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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