Dr Caitlin Fehily

Senior Research Assistant

School of Psychological Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Caitlin Fehily is an early career postdoctoral researcher currently working within the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests include addressing the inequitable chronic disease burden experienced by people with a mental health condition. In particular, Caitlin's research has focused on building the capacity of mental health services to provide preventive care to address their clients' health and lifestyle factors, including tobacco smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical inactivity and overweight/obesity. 

Caitlin completed her PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle in 2020, which examined the translation of preventive care guidelines into community mental health service delivery. Her PhD demonstrated the effectiveness of embedding a clinician in a service with the dedicated role of providing preventive care to clients in an additional consultation. Her postgraduate work has largely focused on further developing and testing this approach; in her primary role as the project manager for a large cluster-RCT with 12 government community mental health services across 3 Local Health Districts. 

She is part of the Physical Health in Mental Illness (PHiMI) research team, which examines innovative strategies to address the physical health inequities experienced by people with a mental health condition. Caitlin is involved in a number of research projects being undertaken by the team across local and national community mental health services, community managed organisations, telephone-based support services, and other health service settings. 

Caitlin has presented her research at over 10 international and 10 national conferences. Additionally, she was a University Finalist for the 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition, and placed in the top three in the Faculty of Science PhD candidate presentations.

Caitlin received the Australian Postgraduate Award and commenced her PhD in 2016. Prior to commencing her PhD, Caitlin completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours I) with the University of Newcastle, and was awarded the Australian Psychology Society (APS) Award for gaining first place in the fourth year psychology program (2015). 

Dr Fehily is a member of the:

  • Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
  • Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute's Public Health Group


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Chronic disease risk behaviours
  • Health promotion
  • Implementation
  • Mental health
  • Mental health conditions
  • Mental health services
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Smoking
  • preventive care

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
420312 Implementation science and evaluation 20
420313 Mental health services 30
420605 Preventative health care 50
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Publications

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


Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Metse AP, Fehily C, Clinton-McHarg T, Wynne O, Lawn S, Wiggers J, Bowman JA, 'Self-reported suboptimal sleep and receipt of sleep assessment and treatment among persons with and without a mental health condition in Australia: a cross sectional study', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 21 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12889-021-10504-6
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Jenny Bowman, John Wiggers, Olivia Wynne
2021 Bartlem K, Gibson L, Fehily C, Lodge S, Wiggers J, Bowman J, 'Multiple health behaviours and interest in change among people with a mental health condition: A brief report', Preventive Medicine Reports, 22 (2021) [C1]

People with a mental illness experience a disproportionate burden of chronic disease morbidity and mortality; contributed to by a higher prevalence of health risk behaviours that ... [more]

People with a mental illness experience a disproportionate burden of chronic disease morbidity and mortality; contributed to by a higher prevalence of health risk behaviours that increase the risk of chronic disease development. Amongst this population there is little understanding of multiple risk behaviour co-occurrence and client interest in improving multiple such risks. A cross-sectional survey was undertaken with a random selection of 557 clients of 12 community mental health services in Australia. Participants reported their engagement in health risk behaviours (tobacco smoking, harmful alcohol consumption, inadequate fruit and/or vegetable consumption, and inadequate physical activity), and those deemed ¿at risk¿ reported whether they were seriously considering improving their risk behaviours. Almost all participants engaged in at least one risk behaviour (96.1%), with 78.4% of participants engaging in two or more risk behaviours. Of those with two risks, the most frequently paired behaviours were inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption and inadequate physical activity (39.7%); of those with three risks the most common combination was inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, tobacco smoking and harmful alcohol consumption (42.5%). Of those at risk for all behaviours, 68.4% were interested in improving multiple behaviours, and 14% were interested in improving all; with these participants being most frequently interested in changing smoking, nutrition, and physical activity (19.3%), followed by all risk behaviours (14.0%). The findings strengthen the evidence that people with a mental illness are interested in improving their health risk behaviours and indicate a need to address the multiple health risks in this population group.

DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101383
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Simone Lodge, John Wiggers, Kate Bartlem
2020 Fehily C, Latter J, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Bradley T, Rissel C, Reakes K, 'Awareness and use of telephone-based behaviour change support services among clients of a community mental health service', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 44 482-488 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.13039
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors John Wiggers, Joanna Latter, Kate Bartlem, Jenny Bowman
2020 Fehily CMC, Bartlem KM, Wiggers JH, Hodder RK, Gibson LK, Hancox N, Bowman JA, 'Uptake of a preventive care consultation offered to clients of a community mental health service', Preventive Medicine Reports, 18 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101076
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rebecca Hodder, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers
2020 Fehily CMC, Bartlem KM, Wiggers JH, Wye PM, Clancy RV, Castle DJ, et al., 'Effectiveness of embedding a specialist preventive care clinician in a community mental health service in increasing preventive care provision: A randomised controlled trial', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 54 620-632 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0004867420914741
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Richard Clancy, Kim Colyvas, Jenny Bowman, Rebecca Hodder, John Wiggers, Kate Bartlem
2020 Fehily C, Ling R, Searles A, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Hodder R, et al., 'An economic evaluation of a specialist preventive care clinician in a community mental health service: A randomised controlled trial', BMC Health Services Research, 20 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12913-020-05204-7
Co-authors Rod Ling, Rebecca Hodder, John Wiggers, Andrew Searles, Kate Bartlem, Jenny Bowman, Kim Colyvas
2020 Fehily C, Hodder R, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wolfenden L, Dray J, et al., 'The effectiveness of interventions to increase preventive care provision for chronic disease risk behaviours in mental health settings: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Preventive Medicine Reports, 19 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101108
Co-authors Julia Dray, Luke Wolfenden, Jenny Bowman, Magdalena Wilczynska, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rebecca Hodder, John Wiggers, Kate Bartlem
2018 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wolfenden L, Regan T, Dray J, et al., 'Systematic review of interventions to increase the provision of care for chronic disease risk behaviours in mental health settings: review protocol', SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, 7 (2018)
DOI 10.1186/s13643-018-0735-4
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Luke Wolfenden, John Wiggers, Kate Bartlem, Julia Dray
2017 Metse AP, Wiggers JH, Wye PM, Wolfenden L, Prochaska JJ, Stockings EA, et al., 'Smoking and mental illness: A bibliometric analysis of research output over time', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 19 24-31 (2017) [C1]

Introduction: The prevalence of smoking among persons with a mental illness has remained unchanged, being 2-3 times higher than the general population in high-income countries. As... [more]

Introduction: The prevalence of smoking among persons with a mental illness has remained unchanged, being 2-3 times higher than the general population in high-income countries. Assessment of the volume and characteristics of research output over time can assist in identifying research priorities to promote progress within a field. The aim of this study was to undertake such an assessment in the field of smoking and mental illness. Methods: A descriptive repeat cross-sectional study was conducted of peer-reviewed publications in Medline and PsycINFO for the periods 1993-1995, 2003-2005, and 2013-2015. Publications were classified as data- or non-data-based; data-based publications were further categorized by study type, population, setting, and for intervention-focused publications by level of evidence and research translation phase. Results: Included were 547 articles published in 1993-1995 (n = 65), 2003-2005 (n = 153), and 2013-2015 (n = 329). The number and proportion of data-based publications significantly increased over time, although their focus remained predominantly descriptive (=83%); less than 14% of publications in any period had an intervention focus. The proportion of publications reporting on study populations with multiple diagnostic categories and recruiting from nonmental health settings, significantly increased from 1993-1995 to 2003-2005, however then plateaued by 2013-2015. The level of evidence provided by intervention-focused publications was suggested to increase over time, however there was no evident variation in translation phase. Conclusions: Research has increased over time to characterize smoking among those with a mental illness; however more is needed to inform the development and implementation of effective cessation interventions for this group. Implications: This is the first study to examine the volume and characteristics of research publications in the field of smoking and mental illness over time. The number of publications increased fivefold between 1993-1995 and 2013-2015. Between 1993-1995 and 2003-2005, progression was also indicated by increased: data-based publications, diagnostic diversity of samples, and variation in study settings; however further increases in such measures were not evident in 2013-2015. Notably, it continues to be the case that few intervention studies are undertaken. To achieve meaningful changes in the smoking prevalence of this group, a greater focus on research that assesses the effectiveness and implementation of tailored cessation interventions is required.

DOI 10.1093/ntr/ntw249
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden, Jenny Bowman
2017 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wyne P, Clancy R, Castle D, et al., 'Evaluating the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle clinician in addressing the chronic disease risk behaviours of community mental health clients: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', TRIALS, 18 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s13063-017-2017-1
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Richard Clancy, Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wye P, Clancy R, Castle D, et al., 'IMPACT OF EMBEDDING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLINICIAN IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE TO ADDRESS THE HEALTH RISK BEHAVIOURS OF CLIENTS (vol 25, pg 1, 2018)', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2019)
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers, Richard Clancy
2018 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Gibson L, Browning E, Bowman J, 'VIEWS OF CLIENTS OF A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE TOWARDS PREVENTIVE CARE AND IMPROVING RISK BEHAVIOURS', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2018)
Co-authors John Wiggers, Jenny Bowman, Kate Bartlem
2018 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wye P, Clancy R, Castle D, et al., 'IMPACT OF EMBEDDING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLINICIAN IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE TO ADDRESS THE HEALTH RISK BEHAVIOURS OF CLIENTS', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2018)
Co-authors Kate Bartlem, Richard Clancy, John Wiggers
2018 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Gibson L, Hancox N, Bowman J, 'Awareness and use of telephone behaviour change services among mental health clients', Awareness and use of telephone behaviour change services among mental health clients, Chile (2018)
Co-authors John Wiggers, Jenny Bowman
2016 Metse AP, Wiggers J, Wye P, Wolfenden L, Prochaska JJ, Stockings E, et al., 'SMOKING AND MENTAL ILLNESS: A BIBLIOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH OUTPUT OVER TIME', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden
2016 Fehily C, Bartlem K, Wiggers J, Wye P, Clancy R, Castle D, et al., 'EMBEDDING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLINICIAN IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors John Wiggers, Jenny Bowman, Richard Clancy
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Harris B, Duggan M, Batterham P, Bartlem K, Clinton-Mcharg T, Dunbar J, et al., 'Australia s Mental and Physical Health Tracker Report Card', : Australian Health Policy Collaboration (2018)
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Kate Bartlem

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Bartlem K, Fehily C, Wynne O, Gibson L, Lodge S, Clinton-McHarg T, et al., 'Implementing initiatives to improve physical health for people in community-based mental health programs: an Evidence Check rapid review', Brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for the NSW Ministry of Health (2021)
Co-authors John Wiggers, Olivia Wynne, Julia Dray, Luke Wolfenden, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Jenny Bowman
2018 Harris B, Duggan M, Batterham P, Bartlem K, Clinton-Mcharg T, Dunbar J, et al., 'Australia s Mental and Physical Health Tracker: Background Paper', Australian Health Policy Collaboration issues paper no. 2018-02 (2018)
Co-authors Kate Bartlem, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $160,916

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20211 grants / $8,600

Evidence Snapshot: Interventions to reduce or prevent lifestyle risks for people with disability$8,600

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Doctor Caitlin Fehily, Doctor Julia Dray, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Olivia Wynne, Miss Jacqueline Bailey, Ms Simone Lodge, Dr Alex Metse
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2100233
Type Of Funding C3200 – Aust Not-for Profit
Category 3200
UON Y

20203 grants / $51,462

Evidence Check review: Implementing initiatives to improve physical health for people in community based mental health programs$42,100

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Doctor Kate Bartlem, Doctor Olivia Wynne, Doctor Tara Clinton-McHarg, Doctor Caitlin Fehily, Doctor Julia Dray, Miss Lauren Gibson, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Professor John Wiggers, Professor Luke Wolfenden
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2001251
Type Of Funding C2400 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Other
Category 2400
UON Y

Access to evidence-based preventive care to reduce chronic disease risk behaviours among people with a mental health condition$4,850

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Doctor Caitlin Fehily
Scheme Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2000398
Type Of Funding C2200 - Aust Commonwealth – Other
Category 2200
UON Y

Publication funding$4,512

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $4,290

Publication funding$4,290

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $1,500

HDR Conference travel scholarship$1,500

Funding body: Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Science | University of Newcastle
Scheme Faculty of Science Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20164 grants / $94,064

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)$78,864

Funding body: Australian Commonwealth Government

Funding body Australian Commonwealth Government
Scheme Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1500 - Aust Competitive - Commonwealth Other
Category 1500
UON N

HDR Funding$5,200

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Early Career Researcher HDR Scholarship: Research Advantage
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Small project grant$5,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (PRCHB)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Australian Postgraduate Award Top-Up scholarship$5,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $1,000

The University of Newcastle Research Scholarship$1,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2022 PhD Implementation of Interventions to Increase the Provision of Preventive Care by Community Mental Health Services: Design, Fidelity, and Barriers and Facilitators PhD (Psychology - Science), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 PhD A New Model for Providing Preventive Care in Community Mental Health Services: Impact on Client Health Outcomes and Client Perspectives PhD (Psychology - Science), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2021 PhD A New Model for Providing Preventive Care in Community Mental Health Services: Impact on Client Health Outcomes and Client Perspectives PhD (Psychology - Science), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Co-Design and Evaluation of a Tailored Intervention to Improve Community Mental Health Clinician Provision of Preventive Care PhD (Psychology - Science), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Caitlin Fehily

Position

Senior Research Assistant
School of Psychological Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email caitlin.fehily@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room Enter Building code/room eg CH123.
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