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Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon

Conjoint Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Honours, Masters and PhD projects are available; contact me. I'm interested in psychosis, holistic community mental health, implementation science, health economics and brain cancer.

International PhD candidates: the close for scholarship applications is 31st August. Please ensure you have Honours Class 1.

The University of Newcastle awarded me my PhD in 2013, investigating the way people with and without schizophrenia interpret sounds (see NOVA). I completed my B Science (Honours) in 2004, and have concentrated on mental health research, teaching and change facilitation.

As one of two Site Coordinators in the Hunter New England region, I supervised the collection of data from adults who live with psychosis, in the second Australian national survey of psychosis (SANSP), a multi-site study, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and supported by SANE Australia. Activities are ingoing, and we're preparing for the next phase. As Key Contact for HNE & Orange, I (together with an alignment of scientific and clinical stars) am currently working on more outcomes from  SANSP. I am extremely interested in applying the knowledge gained into real-world effects, felt by real people.

I am also the Research Coordinator for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle.

Previously, I was active in the merge of two major research bodies, Hunter Neuroscience and Centre for Mental Health Studies, under the guidance of Prof Vaughan Carr, into the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health.

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. I have potential research projects along these themes, which are appropriate for graduates of psychology, science, medicine, medical science, nutrition & dietetics, physical activity ... to name the main ones ...

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; nutrition and dietetics) and have provided support in RHD supervision (in radiation oncology, radiation therapy, speech pathology and medical physics).

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. In a previous life (as I started at UoN as a mature-age student) I ran my own business and managed staff in a large international company.

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
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 50
111699 Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  Research Coordinator Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Radiation Oncology
Australia
1/05/2012 - 1/09/2012 Project Manager Macquarie University
Psychology
Australia
1/09/2009 -  Site Coordinator and Key Contact - SHIP/SANSP

I am the Key Contact for Hunter New England (HNE) and Orange sites for the SANSP. Between 2009 and 2011, as Site Coordinator, I managed the HNE site’s research into people living with psychosis (SANSP), funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing. I trained & managed researchers, liaised with staff from HNE Area Health Services and the non-government organisations of Newcastle and surrounds. I managed the recruitment, finances, ethics and data collection [including clinical assessment] and data cleaning as well as some reporting. The project is ongoing, in that we are currently analysing data and preparing manuscripts for publication and conference presentation (5 publications already published, 5 in preparation). I job-shared this position with Dr Linda Campbell; reporting to A/Prof Martin Cohen. (September 2008-the present).

Note: There are Honours projects available using these data.

University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/05/2008 - 31/12/2010 Experimental Coordinator

As Experimental Coordinator, I managed the research use of brain scanning equipment and other resources at John Hunter Hospital, for the Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health. This involved co-ordinating researchers and radiographers, liaising with staff from Hunter New England Area Health Services and The University of Newcastle. I reported to Prof Ulli Schall. (May 2008-December 2010).

University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/02/2005 -  Casual Academic

2015-onwards: As a Conjoint Research Fellow within the Faculty of Health and Medicine, I co-supervise one Nutrition & Dietetics Honours student and one undergraduate Psychology student.

2013: As Casual Academic, I led a small group of 2nd Year Medicine students through “Problem-Based Learning” tutorials; a specialised method of education for which The University of Newcastle is well-respected. (January-July 2013, reporting to MaryJane Dalton and Sue Runciman).

2011: Casual Academic, tutoring Psychobiology (PSYC2400), reporting to Prof Peter Walla and Drs David Guez & Bill Budd. I co-supervised my first Psychology Honours student with Dr Linda Campbell. (July-September 2011).

2005: Casual Academic, tutoring Introductory Psychology courses (PSYC1010 and 1020), Experimental Methodology (PSYC2000), reporting to Drs Stuart Marlin, Deborah Hodgson, and Rachel Heath (February-December 2005).

University of Newcastle Council
Australia
1/08/2003 - 28/02/2004 Researcher

Researcher: I recruited university students to participate in a social psychology experiment, supervised by Drs Mark Rubin and Stephania Paolini. I ran the experiment, in which the participants did a computer exercise on ingroup and outgroup identification, followed by a short feedback questionnaire. (August 2003-February 2004).

The University of Newcastle
Australia
1/08/2002 - 31/12/2008 Researcher and Acting Project Manager

As a Researcher and Project Manager, I conducted neuropsychological assessments and EEG sessions with participants (with Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia and healthy controls); managing staff and communications, lab supplies and repairs. I conducted a live-to-air interview on ABC Radio for recruitment purposes. I reported to Prof Ulli Schall. (January 2007-May2008).

Researcher: I was responsible for advertising an earlier study - recruitment and clinical assessment of participants with and without ADHD, and their data collection, processing and analysis. I wrote opinion pieces for The Herald and The Star (both local newspapers in Newcastle, Australia) and was first author on the resulting publication. This was originally my Honours project, and I continued to collect data for the duration of ethics approval, toward publishing our findings. Chief Investigators were A/Prof Frini Karayanidis and Prof Ulli Schall. (January 2004-December 2008).

Researcher: Starting out as a one-semester work experience placement under the supervision of Prof Ulli Schall, I used the LONI Method developed at UCLA in the United States to manipulate magnetic resonance images of participants’ brains for comparison of specific features. The Schizophrenia Research Institute (formerly NISAD) provided a Summer Scholarship for approximately eight weeks (Dec 2002 - Feb 2003) to enable sufficient training. Continuing on from my Summer Scholarship, The University of Newcastle employed me as a research assistant investigating brain differences due to schizophrenia, chronic cannabis use, or both. (August 2002-July 2005).

University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2013 - 30/09/2013 Member, HCRA Symposium Organising Committee Organising committee for the 2013 Translational Cancer Research Conference, Newcastle, Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2004 - 31/12/2006 Research Coordinator

Originally assisting the Director of Hunter Neuroscience (Prof Ulli Schall), as Research Coordinator, I managed the membership database, organised the funding application process, took and distributed minutes from the Steering Committee meetings. I designed the original website and established its presence on the University’s homepage. I wrote profiles and articles for the Hunter Neuroscience newsletter, Insight. Due to the Research Quality Framework and under the Direction of Prof Vaughan Carr, I was heavily involved in merging Hunter Neuroscience with Centre for Mental Health Studies, to form the Priority Research Centre (and HMRI research program), “Centre for Brain & Mental Health Research”. This involved collecting and collating individual research profiles which included publication histories, impact factor calculation and reflecting professional and community influence. The Centre was also known as the Centre for Translational Neuroscience & Mental Health Research. (February 2004-December 2006).

Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research
Australia
1/03/1997 - 31/07/2002 Research Assistant

I ensured the integrity and accuracy of data being collected in a large-scale ongoing survey conducted by the Foundation for a major NSW State Government Department. My principal tasks included data entry; liaising with field staff and project managers; conducting computer edit and system checks; training field and other staff involved in the data collection and input process; composing the coding and data entry manual; and assisting in the preparation of monthly client reports. While at HVRF I also wrote two chapters of their Newcastle & Hunter Region Year Book, edited by (the late) Robin Mcdonald.

Hunter Valley Research Foundation
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 (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lacey M, Paolini S, Hanlon MC, 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) [C1]

© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Research demonstrates that people living with serious mental illness (SMI) contend with widespread public stigma; however, little is known about the ... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. 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
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
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 - 11Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Stefania Paolini, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Helen Stain, Linda E Campbell
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 - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Helen Stain, Mary-Claire Hanlon
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 - 14Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Frini Karayanidis, Mary-Claire Hanlon
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 - 44Web of Science - 40
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd, Ulrich Schall, Frini Karayanidis
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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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Mary-Claire Hanlon, Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Bill Budd, Ulrich Schall, Alexander Provost, Bryan Paton
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 (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Ulrich Schall, Bill Budd, Alexander Provost, Mary-Claire Hanlon
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 (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 (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 (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Bill Budd
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) (2006) [E3]
Co-authors Linda E Campbell, Frini Karayanidis, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall, 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 (2005) [E3]
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Linda E Campbell, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Ulrich Schall, Bill Budd
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Hanlon M, Detecting an intention to communicate: using ToMas to test Theory of Mind in people with schizophrenia and healthy controls, The University of Newcastle (2013)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Masters A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis
M Philosophy (ComMed&ClinEpid), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis
M Philosophy (Nutrition&Diet), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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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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