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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 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.

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

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. 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 A/Prof 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.


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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111699Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified50
170199Psychology not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
11/06/2013 - 12/06/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
25/07/2011 - 18/12/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - Research CoordinatorCalvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia
1/07/2011 - 1/08/2011Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle Council
School of Psychology
Australia
1/05/2011 - 1/09/2011Project ManagerMacquarie University
Psychology
Australia
1/01/2005 - Membership - Australasian Society for Psychiatric ResearchAustralasian Society for Psychiatric Research
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Member - World Federation of Societies of Biological PsychiatryWorld Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
Australia

Awards

Recognition

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

Research Award

YearAward
2005Australian Postgraduate Award
Schizophrenia Research Institute
2005PhD 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 (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lacey 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.

DOI10.1016/j.psychres.2014.09.010
Co-authorsStefania Paolini, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E Campbell
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]
DOI10.1177/0004867412455108
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsHelen Stain, Linda E Campbell, Stefania Paolini, Mary-Claire Hanlon
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]
DOI10.1177/0004867412449060
CitationsScopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsHelen Stain, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E Campbell
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]
DOI10.1017/s1461145708009711
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 9
Co-authorsUlrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Frini Karayanidis
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]
DOI10.1111/j.1460-9568.2007.05858.x
CitationsScopus - 41Web of Science - 39
Co-authorsFrini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd, Ulrich Schall
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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]
Co-authorsLinda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall, Bill Budd, Frini Karayanidis
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]
Co-authorsBill Budd, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Frini Karayanidis, Ulrich Schall
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]
Co-authorsMary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall
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]
Co-authorsFrini Karayanidis, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall
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]
Co-authorsUlrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd, Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis
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]
Co-authorsFrini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Ulrich Schall, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd
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]
Co-authorsFrini 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

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

Office

RoomRoom 4080
BuildingMater Hospital - North Block
LocationCalvary Mater Hospital Edith Street Waratah NSW 2298

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