Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease (PEABOD)


Research Streams

Staff Profiles


Amanda J. Baxter, BAppSc (Hons), MPH
Senior Researcher

Amanda is a graduate in applied sciences and public health from the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Ph.D. in international public health and epidemiology. She is a senior researcher with the Policy and Epidemiology Group, and since 2007 has managed the Research Team investigating disease burden in mental disorders. This work will provide epidemiological input for the new Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD 2010) and inform global and national health priorities. Prior to working at QCMHR Amanda spent 4 years at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research co-ordinating international collaborative studies in genetic epidemiology, with a focus on the genetic and environmental risk factors for mental disorders. Research interests include longitudinal course of mental disorders, cross-cultural epidemiology and gene X environment interactions in mental disorders.



AlizeAlize J. Ferrari, BPsySc (Hons)
Research Officer

Alize’s professional interests are in the in the field of disease epidemiology and population health, with a particular focus on mental disorders. She graduated with an honours degree in Psychological Science at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland and is completing her PhD candidature, at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland.  The aim of her PhD thesis is to formulate an epidemiological profile of major depressive disorder, investigating the distribution, risk factors and, outcomes of this disorder. She is a member of the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Group which works on estimating the burden due to mental and substance use disorders for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.




Holly E. Erskine, BPsySc (Hons)
Research Officer

Holly was largely responsible for the work on conduct disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa conducted as part of GBD 2010. Holly is also completing her PhD through the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, which is investigating the epidemiology and burden of disease arising from conduct disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours from the University of Queensland. Research interests include mental disorders in childhood and adolescence, personality disorders and somatoform disorders.




Fiona J. Charlson, BPharm, MPH
Research Officer

Fiona began her work on the Global Burden of Disease Study at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales in 2007 where she also assisted the Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV/AIDS in injecting drug users. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland and has completed a Masters in International Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is currently enrolled in her PhD candidature specialising in mental disorders in conflict-affected populations. Her original training was as a pharmacist and she has 18 years’ experience including work as a community pharmacist in Australia and New Zealand, project pharmacist for an international NGO in West Africa, and a referral pharmacist for Medecins Sans Frontieres’ ‘Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines’ in Geneva, Switzerland. She maintains her registration and interest in the field.