Social causes and consequences of common mental disorders

Current research in this program focuses on how work and family circumstances (and transitions) intersect with the two most common mental disorders – depression and anxiety. Our research focuses on individuals who are in early to mid-adulthood, as it is during this life stage that work and family responsibilities often coalesce. Researchers in this program typically collect and analyse large, representative, longitudinal datasets to investigate the social causes and consequences of anxiety and depression at the population-level.

Program Leader





Ms Brie Sage (PhD)

Ms Yixuan Zhao (PhD)

Ms Sandhya Ramakrishna (Medical student)


The research program works closely with:

  • The Centre for Mental Health, at The University of Melbourne:

    • Professor Peter Butterworth

  • Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University:

    • Professor Jan Nicholson

    • Dr Amanda Cooklin

    • Dr Elizabeth Westrupp

  • Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania:

    • Associate Professor Angela Martin

  • Jean Hailes Research Unit, Monash University:

    • Professor Jane Fisher

  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute:

    • Dr Rebecca Giallo

  • Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, The ANU Medical School:

    • Dr Rebecca Reay

    • Professor Jeff Cubis

  • Centre for Mental Health Research, RSPH, The ANU:

    • Dr Philip Batterham

    • Dr Louise Farrer

    • Ms Carmel Poyser


  • Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Canada:

    • Associate Professor Dawn Kingston

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