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Since completing my B Science (Honours) in 2004, I have concentrated on a number of facets of mental health research. While I have had academic experience, my focus so far has been on research.

I was active in the merge of two major research bodies associated with Hunter Medical Research Institute. Namely, Hunter Neuroscience and Centre for Mental Health Studies. I helped merge these, under the guidance of Prof Vaughan Carr, into the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health (which has since been renamed The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health). It is important that we foster the inter-disciplinary and collaborative nature of brain and mental health research, both here in Newcastle, and with our many colleagues across the globe.

I was also involved in a national epidemiological study into how people with psychosis live their lives. As one of two Site Coordinators in the Hunter New England region, I supervised the collection of data from individuals who live with psychosis. What do they do with their day? With whom do they spend their time? What are their concerns, whether physical, mental, psychological, social or familial? What are the struggles of life? What are the factors that make outcome better? This multi-site study, called the second Australian national survey of psychosis, was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and supported by SANE Australia.

The University of Newcastle awarded me my PhD (2013) investigating the way people with and without schizophrenia interpret sounds. What are the differences? Are those differences due to brain morphology or the way the brain processes sounds? Feel free to check out the results in NOVA.

As Key Contact for HNE & Orange, I am currently working on more outcomes from  the second Australian national survey of psychosis, and employed as Research Coordinator by the Department of Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle.

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 13/09/2013
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle, 17/07/2003
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 13/12/2004

Research

Research keywords

  • ADHD
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Research expertise

I have research experience in electroencephalography, functional and structural brain imaging (using MRI techniques), as well as psychological testing in terms of psychopathology, intelligence, and theory of mind.

My primary research interest is psychosis, in particular, schizophrenia; although I am also building a knowledge base in anxiety disorders such as as PTSD and other personality disorders like borderline personality. I am also involved in facilitating research into the experience of cancer and it's treatment.

My main question in all these areas, is, how does a person's understanding of self and others infiltrate or ameliorate their responses to life events and lead to either a positive or negative outcome?

Visit : http://research.calvarymater.org.au/meet-our-researchers/mary-claire-hanlon.html

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111699Medical Physiology Not Elsewhere Classified50
170199Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified50

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
  • Member - Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research

Awards

Recognition.

2007Best Debut Presentation
Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (Australia)
Best Debut Presentation
2007Grant-in-Aid
Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (Australia)
Outstanding Conference Abstract Submission

Research Award.

2005Australian Postgraduate Award
Schizophrenia Research Institute (Australia)
PhD Scholarship Supplement over 3 years
2005PhD Scholarship Supplement
Schizophrenia Research Institute (Australia)
PhD Scholarship Supplement over 3 years

Collaboration

Over the years, I have been involved in socio-economic research, psychological explorations, epidemiological and symptomatic studies of psychosis, as well as recently dabbling in a little cancer research.

This has meant that I have had the pleasure and honour of collaborating with a wide variety of clinicians and researchers, with vast arrays of expertise and experience. And, I have learned valuable lessons each step of the way.

I was a mature-age undergraduate student, and then completed my PhD candidature during a period of immense change in the way PhD's were conducted and submitted. My thesis was my idea, formulated by me, but grown by a team of highly skilled individuals, and really this is what research is all about - collaboration, respect, appreciation and integrity. Key people were Prof Ulli Schall, Dr Robyn Langdon, Dr Ross Fulham, and Mr Gavin Cooper.

Nearing the end of my candidature, I was privileged to job-share the position of Site Coordinator with Dr Linda Campbell on the second Australian national survey of psychosis, under the leadership of Dr Martin Cohen. We are still producing the many results from this remarkable exercise, and will probably continue to do so for many years to come, because so many generous people took part, providing an incredibly rich data-set of what it is like to be a person living with symptoms of psychosis. This study was run by a highly experienced group of researchers with expertise in epidemiology, psychiatry, statistics, and health economics. The Scientific Advisory Group was (and continues to be) run by Prof Vera Morgan with Assistant Prof Anna Waterreus as our National Coordinator.

I am currently Research Coordinator for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle, a private hospital devoted to cancer, toxicology and mental health service provision, as well as emergency and general medicine, with very strong relationships to Hunter New England Local Health District, Hunter Medical Research Institute and The University of Newcastle. My role is to facilitate the seamless transition of clinically-driven, patient-focussed need for research through to it's implementation, and then the clinical application of those research results in a real-world setting. My Director of Research is Assoc Prof Jarad Martin and Department Director is Dr Jane Ludbrook. Under their leadership, something truly special is happening in this Department - people who never would have engaged in research are inspired to do so, those who were already highly effective in both clinical and research activity are guiding lights to others, and collaborators from varied disciplines and institutions seek strong research links with our team.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

I have managed research projects, (including staff, ethics, OHS and finances); as well as training and supervising researchers and service provision staff from multiple sites and disciplines.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Psychology
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Teaching expertise

I have taught introductory psychology, 2nd-year statistics / use of SPSS, 2nd-year psychobiology and 2nd-year medicine (problem-based learning).

Additionally, I have co-supervised at Honours level (psychology) and have provided support in RHD supervision (and am available as co-supervisor).

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, Schall UA, 'Intact sensorimotor gating in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 12 701-707 (2009) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (4 outputs)

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2012Campbell LE, Hanlon M-C, Poon AWC, Paolini S, Stone MJ, Galletly C, et al., 'The experiences of Australian parents with psychosis: The second Australian national survey of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 890-900 (2012) [C1]
2012Stain HJ, Galletly CA, Clark SC, Wilson JM, Killen EA, Anthes LJ, et al., 'Understanding the social costs of psychosis: The experience of adults affected by psychosis identified within the second Australian national survey of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46 879-889 (2012) [C1]
2009Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, Schall UA, 'Intact sensorimotor gating in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 12 701-707 (2009) [C1]
2007Campbell LE, Hughes ME, Budd TW, Cooper GJ, Fulham WR, Karayanidis F, et al., 'Primary and secondary neural networks of auditory prepulse inhibition: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of sensorimotor gating of the human acoustic startle response', European Journal of Neuroscience, 26 2327-2333 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Campbell LE, Fulham WR, Hughes M, Provost AL, Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, et al., 'Functional magnetic resonance brain imaging study on sensorimotoe gating in schizophrenia and parkinson's disease', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E3]
2008Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, Schall UA, 'Intact sensorimotor gating in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Hanlon M-C, Cooper GJ, Langdon R, Fulham WR, Bucci SR, Schall UA, 'Functional brain imaging of recognition of intention to communicate', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Campbell LE, Fulham WR, Hughes ME, Provost AL, Budd TW, Johnston PJ, et al., 'Multimodel assessment of auditory prepulse inhibition in Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2006Campbell LE, Budd TW, Karayanidis F, Hanlon M-C, Stojanov WM, Johnston PJ, Schall UA, 'Functional brain imaging of auditory prepulse inhibition', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (Vol 40, noS2), Fremantle, Western Australia (2006) [E3]
2006Campbell LE, Budd TW, Karayanidis F, Hanlon M-C, Stojanov WM, Johnston PJ, Schall UA, 'Functional brain imaging of auditory prepulse inhibition', Journal of Intellectual Disability Research V50 Suppl 1: Proceedings of the Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes11th Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, Ireland (2006) [E3]
2005Budd TW, Campbell LE, Johnston PJ, Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, Schall UA, 'Functional Brain Imaging of Auditory Prepulse Inhibition', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, V39, Suppl: Proceedings of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Joint CINP/ASPR Scientifice Meeting, Brisbane, Australia (2005) [E3]
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Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon

Work Phone(02) 4014 3923
Fax(02) 4014 3902
Email
PositionConjoint Fellow
Calvary Mater Radiation Oncology
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
Room 5002,
MH Admin Building,
Calvary Mater Hospital Edith Street Waratah NSW 2298
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/mary-claire-hanlon
Linkhttp://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-7221-2013