Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease (PEABOD)

PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BURDEN OF DISEASE

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Research Streams

Staff Profiles

Alize J. Ferrari, BPsySc (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow, GBD Project Manager

Alize is a PEABOD research fellow and leads the work undertaken by the group. She holds affiliate positions with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Her role within PEABOD is to oversee the work undertaken by the group in addition to investigating the epidemiology, burden, risk factors and outcomes of mood disorders. In the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Alize is responsible for the systematic review, data extraction and epidemiological modelling of major depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Alize has also provided expertise to the Australian Burden of Disease Study currently underway and is an investigator on a Kinsman Fellowship grant awarded to quantify the burden of post natal depression in Australia and New Zealand. She has presented at a number of domestic and international conferences including the World Mental Health Survey Meeting in Belgium. She has completed her PhD which focused on formulating an epidemiological profile for major depressive disorder, investigating the global distribution, burden, risk factors, and outcomes of this disorder.

 

 

Holly E. Erskine, BPsySc (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow

Holly is a research fellow with PEABOD and holds affiliate positions with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Her focus within PEABOD is the epidemiology, burden, and outcomes associated with mental disorders of childhood and adolescence with a particular focus on conduct disorder and ADHD which were the subject of her PhD. In the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Holly is responsible for the systematic review, data extraction, and epidemiological modelling of conduct disorder, ADHD, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa, as well as cause of death modelling for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She has served as a reviewer for a number of journals, provided expertise to the Australian Young Minds Matter survey, and presented at several domestic and international conferences including the most recent IFPE conference in Bergen, Norway and EDRS conference in New York, USA.

 

 

Fiona J. Charlson, BPharm, MPH, PhD
Research Fellow

Fiona is a PEABOD research fellow and holds affiliate positions with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Fiona’s expertise in PEABOD centres around the epidemiology and burden of mental disorders in conflict-affected populations. In the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Fiona is responsible for the systematic review, data extraction, and epidemiological modelling of schizophrenia as well as cause of death modelling for this disorder. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland and has completed a Masters in International Public Health. Her original training was as a pharmacist and she has 18 years of experience in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, West Africa and Geneva. An epidemiologist since 2007, Fiona maintains several international research partnerships addressing mental health in developing countries.

 

 

JanniLeungJanni Leung, BHlthSc, PhD
Research Fellow

Janni is a PEABOD research fellow and holds a position with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Janni’s role in PEABOD is the data extraction and epidemiological modelling of illicit drug use disorders including psychostimulants, opioids, and cannabis. She has qualifications in public health, sociology, and psychology. In addition, she has research and teaching experience in epidemiology and biostatistics. Janni’s additional research interests included using scientific research findings to inform mental health policies for optimal service delivery.

 

 

 

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Damian F. Santomauro, BPsySc (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow

Damian is a PEABOD research fellow and holds a position with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Damian completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Queensland and then pursued at PhD investigating emotion regulation in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. This project involved managing a randomised controlled trial of a group cognitive behavioural intervention targeting depression in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Damian’s current role in PEABOD is the systematic review, data extraction, and epidemiological modelling of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, and alcohol dependence. Damian also has a keen interest in statistics and research methodology, and currently acts as PEABOD’s resident statistician.

 

 

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