Dr Damian Santomauro

Member of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Group

+61 7 3271 8702

d.santomauro@qcmhr.uq.edu.au

Dawson House, The Park Centre for Mental Health

Locked Bag 500, Archerfield, 4108, Australia

Overview

Dr Damian Santomauro is a research fellow for the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Burden of Disease (PEABOD) Research Group based at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR), Queensland, Australia. He is also an affiliate assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, for his work on the Global Burden of Disease Study where he is responsible for the epidemiological modelling of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), fetal alcohol syndrome, and alcohol dependence.

Damian’s PhD investigated emotion regulation in adolescents and young adults with ASD. This project involved managing the first randomised controlled trial of a group cognitive behavioural intervention targeting depression in adolescents with ASD ever conducted. Damian has a keen interest in statistics and research methodology and currently acts as PEABOD’s resident statistician.

Research Grants

Development and evaluation of a nurse practitioner model for Prison Health Services.

  • West Moreton Prison Health Services.

Evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using nurse practitioners to improve the physical and mental health of prisoners.

  • The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Intra-Faculty Collaborative Workshop Grants.

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Hons), The University of Queensland

PhD, The University of Queensland

Publications

GBD 2015 Risk Factors Collaborators, Charlson, F. J., Ferrari, A. J., Abajobir, A. A., Erskine, H. E., Knibbs, L. D., Leung, J., Santomauro, D. F., Veerman, J. L., Whiteford, H. A., Lalloo, R., Scott, J. G., Alam, N. K. M., Gouda, H. N., Guo, Y. and McGrath, J. J. (2016) Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet, 388 10053: 1659-1724. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31679-8

GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators, Abajobir, A. A., Charlson, F. J., Erskine, H.E., Ferrari, A. J., Knibbs, L.D., Leung, J., Santomauro, D. F., Veerman, J. L., Whiteford, H. A., Lalloo, R. and Guo, Yuming (2016) Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. Lancet, 388 10053: 1813-1850. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31467-2

Santomauro, Damian, Sheffield, Jeanie and Sofronoff, Kate (2016) Investigations into emotion regulation difficulties among adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative study. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 1-10. doi:10.3109/13668250.2016.1236240

Santomauro, Damian, Sheffield, Jeanie and Sofronoff, Kate (2015) Depression in Adolescents with ASD: A Pilot RCT of a Group Intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 2: 572-588. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2605-4