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Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon

Conjoint Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

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 (together with an alignment of scientific and clinical stars) am currently working on more outcomes from  the second Australian national survey of psychosis. I am extremely interested in applying the knowledge gained into real-world effects, felt by real people.

I am also a Provisional Psychologist in private practice, and Research Coordinator in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle.

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, and how people live and thrive with such a potentially debilitating condition.

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).

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.

Collaborations
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.

Here at The University of Newcastle, I've learned what research is all about - collaboration, respect, appreciation, honesty and courage and I've learned it from good people, with high professional and personal integrity.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Psychology
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111699 Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified 50
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  Research Coordinator Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia
1/07/2011 - 1/08/2011 Casual Academic University of Newcastle Council
School of Psychology
Australia
1/05/2011 - 1/09/2011 Project Manager Macquarie University
Psychology
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
12/06/2015 -  Provisional Psychologist

I provide Psychological services as required.

Private Practice
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2007 Grant-in-Aid
Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research
2007 Best Debut Presentation
Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research

Research Award

Year Award
2005 Australian Postgraduate Award
Schizophrenia Research Institute
2005 PhD Scholarship Supplement
Schizophrenia Research Institute
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lacey M, Paolini S, Hanlon M-C, Melville J, Galletly C, Campbell LE, 'Parents with serious mental illness: Differences in internalised and externalised mental illness stigma and gender stigma between mothers and fathers', Psychiatry Research, 225 723-733 (2015)

Research demonstrates that people living with serious mental illness (SMI) contend with widespread public stigma; however, little is known about the specific experiences of stigma... [more]

Research demonstrates that people living with serious mental illness (SMI) contend with widespread public stigma; however, little is known about the specific experiences of stigma that mothers, and in particular fathers, with SMI encounter as parents. This study aimed to explore and compare the experiences of stigma for mothers and fathers with SMI inferred not only by living with a mental illness but also potential compounding gender effects, and the associated impact of stigma on parenting. Telephone surveys were conducted with 93 participants with SMI who previously identified as parents in the Second Australian National Survey of Psychosis. Results indicated that mothers were more likely than fathers to perceive and internalise stigma associated with their mental illness. Conversely, fathers were more inclined to perceive stigma relating to their gender and to hold stigmatising attitudes towards others. Mental illness and gender stigma predicted poorer self-reported parenting experiences for both mothers and fathers. These findings may assist in tailoring interventions for mothers and fathers with SMI.

DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.09.010
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E Campbell, Stefania Paolini
2014 Lacey M, Paolini S, Hanlon M-C, Melville J, Galletly C, Campbell LE, 'Parents with serious mental illness: Differences in internalised and externalised mental illness stigma and gender stigma between mothers and fathers', Psychiatry Research, (2014)

Research demonstrates that people living with serious mental illness (SMI) contend with widespread public stigma; however, little is known about the specific experiences of stigma... [more]

Research demonstrates that people living with serious mental illness (SMI) contend with widespread public stigma; however, little is known about the specific experiences of stigma that mothers, and in particular fathers, with SMI encounter as parents. This study aimed to explore and compare the experiences of stigma for mothers and fathers with SMI inferred not only by living with a mental illness but also potential compounding gender effects, and the associated impact of stigma on parenting. Telephone surveys were conducted with 93 participants with SMI who previously identified as parents in the Second Australian National Survey of Psychosis. Results indicated that mothers were more likely than fathers to perceive and internalise stigma associated with their mental illness. Conversely, fathers were more inclined to perceive stigma relating to their gender and to hold stigmatising attitudes towards others. Mental illness and gender stigma predicted poorer self-reported parenting experiences for both mothers and fathers. These findings may assist in tailoring interventions for mothers and fathers with SMI.

DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.09.010
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Stefania Paolini, Mary-Claire Hanlon
2012 Campbell 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]
DOI 10.1177/0004867412455108
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Helen Stain, Linda E Campbell, Stefania Paolini
2012 Stain 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]
DOI 10.1177/0004867412449060
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Helen Stain, Linda E Campbell
2009 Hanlon M-C, Karayanidis F, Schall UA, 'Intact sensorimotor gating in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 12 701-707 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/s1461145708009711
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Frini Karayanidis
2007 Campbell 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2007.05858.x
Citations Scopus - 42Web of Science - 39
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd, Ulrich Schall
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Campbell 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]
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Frini Karayanidis, Ulrich Schall, Bill Budd, Linda E Campbell
2008 Campbell 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]
Co-authors Bill Budd, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Frini Karayanidis, Ulrich Schall
2008 Hanlon 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]
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall
2008 Hanlon 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]
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall
2006 Campbell 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]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd, Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis
2006 Campbell 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]
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Ulrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd
2005 Budd 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]
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Ulrich Schall, Bill Budd, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E Campbell
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Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon

Position

Conjoint Fellow
Calvary Mater Radiation Oncology
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email mary-claire.hanlon@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4014 3923
Fax (02) 4014 4747

Office

Room Room 4080
Building Mater Hospital - North Block
Location Calvary Mater Hospital Edith Street Waratah NSW 2298

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