Emeritus Professor Bernadette McSherry
Commissioner | Victorian Law Reform Commission
Immediate Past President | Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law
Associate Editor | International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Bernadette McSherry is Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne, having previously served as Professor and Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at that university from 2013 to mid-2021. She is an internationally recognised legal academic in the fields of criminal law and mental health law who was appointed an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in 2007. Emeritus Professor McSherry has a BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), LLM from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York University in Canada and a Grad Dip Psych from Monash University. In 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In 2016, she was awarded The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services. She is currently a part-time Commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Commissioner and previously served as a legal member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal for sixteen years. From February 2019 to February, she was a Commissioner with the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. In November this year, she will step down as the Immediate Past President of the transnational branch of ANZAPPL, having served as its President from November 2015 to November 2018.