Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease (PEABOD)

PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BURDEN OF DISEASE

Research Streams

Staff Profiles

AlizeAlize 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, anxiety disorders and cannabis dependence. 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

Holly E. Erskine, BPsySc (Hons)
Research Fellow

Holly 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. Her focus within PEABOD is the epidemiology, burden, and outcomes associated with mental disorders of childhood with a particular focus on conduct disorder and ADHD. In the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Holly is responsible for the systematic review, data extraction, and epidemiological modelling of conduct disorder, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. She has provided expertise to the Australian Young Minds Matter survey and has presented at a number of domestic and international conferences including the most recent IFPE Congress in Leipzig. Holly is in the final year of her PhD which focuses on the global epidemiology and burden of conduct disorder and ADHD.

 

 

Fiona

Fiona J. Charlson, BPharm, MPH
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 the epidemiological modelling of amphetamine dependence, cocaine dependence, and opioid dependence. 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
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 psychostimulants. 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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Jessica L. Ahern, BPsySc (Hons)
Research Assistant

Jessica is a PEABOD research assistant and holds a position with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Her focus within PEABOD is the epidemiology, burden, and outcomes associated with illicit drug use and dependence (cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, and opioids). In the Global Burden of Disease Studies, Jess is responsible for the systematic review and data extraction of illicit drug use and dependence. Jessica has had extensive research experience with previous roles at the Parenting and Family Support Centre and Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies at the University of Queensland and also at the Queensland University of Technology. She has presented at a number of domestic and international conferences including the most recent Helping Families Change Conference in Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland in 2009. Jessica is in the final year of her PhD which focuses on the evaluation of a clinical RCT of Prem Baby Triple P for parents of very premature babies on improving couples’ relationships and reducing mothers’ and fathers’ psychological distress.

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