Bernadette McSherry is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, a Professor of Law at Monash University, and the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health. She has honours degrees in Arts and Law and a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York University, Canada, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Professor McSherry is a legal member of the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and has acted as a consultant to government on criminal law, sentencing and mental health law issues. Currently, she is directing a team of 18 researchers working on a five year Federation Fellowship project entitled Rethinking Mental Health Laws examining legal frameworks for detention and treatment across common law countries. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research team analysing preventive detention regimes in Australia, Scotland and the USA.