Professor Margot Prior AO

Teacher, researcher and clinician

VICState RecipientSenior Australian of the Year2006

Dr Prior is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She has been a teacher, researcher and clinician for more than thirty years, following a twenty year career as a professional concert musician. She has produced 200 publications, including nine books. Although Margot has retired, she is still an active volunteer in training, advising, and giving workshops here and in the developing world. She has won respect and admiration nationally and internationally for her work with families in the Koori Health Service and in India, Vietnam and East Timor. A leader in the field of autism and childhood mental health, Margot has trained hundreds of psychologists and continues to do so in a voluntary capacity. Margot combines professional excellence, a caring heart, a keen sense of justice and an ability to engage others in positive causes. She has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian community.