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Dr Agatha Conrad

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Agatha Conrad is a senior Research Development Officer for Hunter New England Mental Health. Dr Conrad holds a PhD in psychology and Doctorate in clinical psychology. She is also a registered clinical psychologist and is a conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Conrad is part of the Mental Health - Research, Evaluation, Analysis & Dissemination (MH-READ) unit, which has a brokerage and research/evalaution management and support role to all HNE MH staff and affiliated researchers. MH-READ unit is based at the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Brain & Mental Health Research (CBMHR).

Research Expertise:

Dr Conrad has over 10 years of experience in research design and methodology.  She has experience in a broad range of areas: project development, management and implementation; research methodology and assessment; data management and analysis; grant, ethics and publication preparation; information collation and dissemination. As a clinical psychologist, she has experience in delivering of clinical psychological assessments, evidence-based psychotherapies, interventions and programs for treatment of clients with severe mental illness in acute inpatient and community settings.  As part of the research role, Dr Conrad is able to provide clinical and research support and supervision as well as consultation to health professionals within the HNE-MH services.


Keywords

  • Depression
  • Mental health research
  • Psychosis
  • Service evaluation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified 100
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Frost BG, Turrell M, Sly KA, Lewin TJ, Conrad AM, Johnston S, et al., 'Implementation of a recovery-oriented model in a sub-acute Intermediate Stay Mental Health Unit (ISMHU)', BMC Health Services Research, 17 1-12 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: An ongoing service evaluation project was initiated following the establishment of a new, purpose-built, 20-bed sub-acute Intermediate Stay Ment... [more]

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: An ongoing service evaluation project was initiated following the establishment of a new, purpose-built, 20-bed sub-acute Intermediate Stay Mental Health Unit (ISMHU). This paper: provides an overview of the targeted 6-week program, operating within an Integrated Recovery-oriented Model (IRM); characterises the clients admitted during the first 16 months; and documents their recovery needs and any changes. Methods: A brief description of the unit¿s establishment and programs is initially provided. Client needs and priorities were identified collaboratively using the Mental Health Recovery Star (MHRS) and addressed through a range of in-situ, individual and group interventions. Extracted client and service data were analysed using descriptive statistics, paired t-tests examining change from admission to discharge, and selected correlations. Results: The initial 154 clients (165 admissions, average stay = 47.86 days) were predominately male (72.1%), transferred from acute care (75.3%), with schizophrenia or related disorders (74.0%). Readmission rates within 6-months were 16.2% for acute and 3.2% for sub-acute care. Three MHRS subscales were derived, together with stage-of-change categories. Marked improvements in MHRS Symptom management and functioning were identified (z-change = -1.15), followed by Social-connection (z-change = -0.82) and Self-belief (z-change = -0.76). This was accompanied by a mean reduction of 2.59 in the number of pre-action MHRS items from admission to discharge (z-change = 0.98). Clinician-rated Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) improvements were smaller (z-change = 0.41), indicative of illness chronicity. Staff valued the elements of client choice, the holistic and team approach, program quality, review processes and opportunities for client change. Addressing high-levels of need in the 6-week timeframe was raised as a concern. Conclusions: This paper demonstrates that a recovery-oriented model can be successfully implemented at the intermediate level of care. It is hoped that ongoing evaluations support the enthusiasm, commitment and feedback evident from staff, clients and carers.

DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1939-8
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Ksly1
2017 Frost BG, Tirupati S, Johnston S, Turrell M, Lewin TJ, Sly KA, Conrad AM, 'An Integrated Recovery-oriented Model (IRM) for mental health services: evolution and challenges', BMC PSYCHIATRY, 17 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-016-1164-3
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad
2017 Conrad AM, Lewin TJ, Sly KA, Schall U, Halpin SA, Hunter M, Carr VJ, 'Utility of risk-status for predicting psychosis and related outcomes: evaluation of a 10-year cohort of presenters to a specialised early psychosis community mental health service', Psychiatry Research, 247 336-344 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.12.005
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Mick Hunter, Sean Halpin, Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Ksly1
2017 Conrad AM, Sankaranarayanan A, Lewin TJ, Dunbar A, 'Effectiveness of a 10-week group program based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills among patients with personality and mood disorders: findings from a pilot study', Australasian Psychiatry, 25 466-470 (2017) [C1]

© 2017, © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2017. Objectives: Community mental health services are often required to manage people experiencing repea... [more]

© 2017, © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2017. Objectives: Community mental health services are often required to manage people experiencing repeated crises. Personality disorders are not uncommon, accounting for up to one-third of such presentations. These patients are often difficult to treat, leading to a revolving-door phenomenon. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a pilot intervention in reducing psychological symptoms and distress, and examined the impact of the intervention on mental health service utilization. Methods: A pre- versus post-treatment evaluation was conducted of the effectiveness of a 10-week group psychological intervention based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills, conducted in a regional Australian community mental health service with patients diagnosed with either Cluster B personality disorder or a mood disorder. Results: Of those who completed the program (N = 38 patients), 84% were female, with an average age of 35.13 years. Participants were active clients of the service for an average of 58.3 weeks prior to the program. They demonstrated significant improvements in quality of life and self-control, and a reduction in hopelessness, cognitive instability and dependence on mental health services. Conclusions: Limiting the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program to a short-term skills-based group component was successful with the targeted patient group; however, more research is required to establish the generalizability of these results.

DOI 10.1177/1039856217707393
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin
2017 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Fletcher R, Conrad A, Wilson A, Jones D, Chan W, 'New fathers¿ perinatal depression & anxiety - treatment options: an integrative review', American Journal of Men's Health, 11 863-876 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1557988316669047
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Donovan Jones, Sally Chan, Agatha Conrad, Amanda Wilson, Tony Obrien
2014 Conrad AM, Lewin TJ, Sly KA, Schall U, Halpin SA, Hunter M, Carr VJ, 'Ten-year audit of clients presenting to a specialised service for young people experiencing or at increased risk for psychosis', BMC PSYCHIATRY, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12888-014-0318-4
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Mick Hunter, Sean Halpin, Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad, Ulrich Schall, Ksly1
2014 Conrad A, Mulchandani M, Sankaranarayanan A, Lewin TJ, 'Inpatient aggression by mentally ill offenders: a retrospective case-control study', Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 25 464-479 (2014) [C1]

A retrospective case-control study was conducted examining relationships between patients' socio-demographic, clinical and admission characteristics and inpatient aggression.... [more]

A retrospective case-control study was conducted examining relationships between patients' socio-demographic, clinical and admission characteristics and inpatient aggression. Patients aged 18-64 years with a recent offence episode, who were admitted to a regional acute mental health unit, were included as cases (N = 82), while controls comprised the next available admission, matched for age and gender (N = 82). The prototypical patient was a young, single male, with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a history of substance use and previous psychiatric admissions. The majority of cases had a history of aggression and recent offences against public order. They also revealed a higher likelihood of involvement in 'less serious' aggressive incidents (e.g. verbal threats or demands) during the index admission. Clinically, knowledge of each patient's recent offence history, arrival mode and observed characteristics on admission (including any verbal aggression) may be important in the management of subsequent inpatient aggression. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/14789949.2014.933861
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin
2012 Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Conrad A, Sly K, Tirupati S, Cohen M, et al., 'Shift climate profiles and correlates in acute psychiatric inpatient units', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47 1429-1440 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00127-011-0448-7
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Ksly1, Agatha Conrad
2010 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Terry MA, Taylor A, 'Pathways to care and community-based service contact patterns among clients with a dual diagnosis', Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 3 10-24 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17523280903523488
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker
2010 Carter GL, Willcox CH, Lewin TJ, Conrad A, Bendit NR, 'Hunter D. B. T Project: Randomized controlled trial of dialectical behaviour therapy in women with borderline personality disorder', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 162-173 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/00048670903393621
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad, Gregory Carter
2010 Maddock GR, Carter GL, Murrell ER, Lewin TJ, Conrad A, 'Distinguishing suicidal from non-suicidal deliberate self-harm events in women with Borderline Personality Disorder', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 574-582 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/00048671003610104
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad, Gregory Carter
2010 Tirupati S, Conrad A, Frost B, Johnston S, 'Urban-rural differences in psychiatric rehabilitation outcomes', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 18 66-71 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2010.01127.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Agatha Conrad
2009 Sly K, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Conrad A, Cohen M, Tirupati S, et al., 'Measuring observed mental state in acute psychiatric inpatients', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44 151-161 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00127-008-0427-9
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Ksly1
2008 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Sly K, Conrad A, Tirupati S, Cohen M, et al., 'Adverse incidents in acute psychiatric inpatient units: Rates, correlates and pressures', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 267-282 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/00048670701881520
Citations Scopus - 50Web of Science - 48
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad
2008 Conrad AM, Munro D, 'RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COMPUTER SELF-EFFICACY, TECHNOLOGY, ATTITUDES AND ANXIETY: DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY USE SCALE (CTUS)', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL COMPUTING RESEARCH, 39 51-73 (2008)
DOI 10.2190/EC.39.1.d
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Agatha Conrad
2004 Startup MJ, Mason O, Halpin S, Schall UA, Conrad A, Carr VJ, 'State and trait predictors of transition to first episode psychosis among individuals at ultra-high risk', Schizophrenia Research, 70 44 (2004) [C3]
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Ulrich Schall, Sean Halpin
2004 Mason O, Startup MJ, Halpin SA, Schall UA, Conrad A, Carr VJ, 'Risk factors for transition to first episode psychosis among individuals with 'at-risk mental states'', Schizophrenia Research, 71 227-237 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.schres.2004.04.006
Citations Scopus - 196Web of Science - 176
Co-authors Ulrich Schall, Sean Halpin, Agatha Conrad
2000 Byles JE, Higginbotham HN, Goodger BG, Tavener MA, Conrad A, Schofield P, Anthony DM, 'Development of a depression scale for veterans and war widows', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 7 256-270 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Meredith Tavener, Peter Schofield, Julie Byles, Nick Higginbotham
1997 Conrad A, Bull DF, King MG, Husband AJ, 'The effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the fever response in rats at different ambient temperatures', PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 62 1197-1201 (1997)
DOI 10.1016/S0031-9384(97)00166-2
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Agatha Conrad
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Fletcher R, Conrad A, Wilson A, Jones D, Chan S, 'Should fathers¿ postnatal depression be part of maternal and newborn health services? (2017)
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Agatha Conrad, Amanda Wilson, Donovan Jones, Tony Obrien

Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Conrad AM, Halpin SA, Schall U, Sly KA, 'HOW WELL DO PSYCHOSIS RISK CRITERIA PREDICT PSYCHOSIS RELATIVE TO THEIR ABSENCE? A 10-YEAR AUDIT OF AN EARLY PSYCHOSIS SERVICE', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH (2012)
Co-authors Sean Halpin, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Agatha Conrad
2010 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly K, 'Relationship between hospital admissions and different levels of risk for psychosis', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Sydney, Australia (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Sean Halpin, Ulrich Schall, Terry Lewin, Ksly1
2009 Lewin TJ, Conrad A, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly KA, 'A layered service audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk for psychosis', Schizophrenia Bulletin, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1093/schbul/sbn173
Co-authors Ksly1, Terry Lewin, Ulrich Schall, Sean Halpin, Agatha Conrad
2008 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Sly K, Conrad A, Tirupati S, Cohen M, et al., 'Acute admissions by patients with schizophenia: Risk and recovery profiles, adverse incidents, and re-admission', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Lorne, VIC (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Agatha Conrad, Ksly1
2008 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Schall UA, Halpin SA, Sly K, 'Preliminary findings from an audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk of psychosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Ksly1, Sean Halpin, Agatha Conrad, Ulrich Schall
2008 Madoock GR, Carter GL, Murrell E, Lewin TJ, Conrad A, 'Distinguishing suicidal from non-suicidal deliberate self-harm events in women with borderline personality disorder', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Gregory Carter, Terry Lewin
2007 Conrad A, Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Baker AL, Terry M, Taylor A, 'Patterns of service use among patients with a dual diagnosis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Melbourne (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Amanda Baker, Agatha Conrad
2005 Sly K, Lewin (Ext) T, Carr VJ, Conrad A, Ward PB, 'Factors Associated with Mental state change during acute psychiatric hospitalisation', Abstracts for The Royal Australian & NZ College of Psychiatrists Joint CINP/ASPR Scientific Meeting, Brisbane (2005) [E3]
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Ksly1
2005 Conrad A, Lewin (Ext) T, Carr VJ, Terry M, Taylor AJ, Baker AL, Dunbar AL, 'Alcohol and other drug use disorders co-morbid with psychosis, depression and anxiety: treatment outcomes (TOES PROJECT)', Abstracts for The Royal Australian & NZ College of Psychiatrists Joint CINP/ASPR Scientific Meeting, Brisbane (2005) [E3]
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Agatha Conrad
2005 Carr VJ, Lewin TJ, Sly K, Conrad A, Ward P, Clark S, Coombs T, 'Mental state changes during acute psychiatric hospitalisation and associations with inpatient aggression and diagnosis', SCHIZOPHRENIA BULLETIN, Savannah, GA (2005)
Co-authors Terry Lewin, Ksly1, Agatha Conrad
2003 Lewin TJ, Carr VJ, Ward P, Clark S, Forrester D, Coombs T, et al., 'Factors associated with inpatient aggression and early re-admission to acute psychiatry units', SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, COLORADO SPINGS, COLORADO (2003)
DOI 10.1016/S0920-9964(03)80331-6
Co-authors Agatha Conrad, Terry Lewin, Ksly1
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $149,332

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20172 grants / $98,532

Capacity Building – Practice Nurse Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Miss Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701131
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Capacity Building – GP Mentoring Program$49,266

Funding body: Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)

Funding body Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC)
Project Team Miss Kristen McCarter, Professor Amanda Baker, Conjoint Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, Conjoint Professor Parker Magin, Conjoint Associate Professor Richard Clancy, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Kylie Bailey, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Lyn Gardner
Scheme Collaborative Health Innovation Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701138
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20081 grants / $50,800

A layered ten-year audit of clients presenting to a community-based service for young people at increased risk of psychosis$50,800

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Conjoint Professor Vaughan Carr, Professor Ulli Schall, Mr Terry Lewin, Doctor Agatha Conrad, Doctor Sean Halpin, Ms Ketrina Sly
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188300
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Dr Agatha Conrad

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

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