Associate Professor Alison Calear

BAppPsych(Hons) (UC), PhD (ANU)
Senior Fellow

Biography

Alison Calear is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research working in the areas of youth mental health, e-health and the prevention and early intervention of anxiety, depression and suicide. Alison heads the Prevention, Promotion and Educational Systems research unit and is currently leading an evaluation of the Sources of Strength suicide peer leadership program in Australian schools.

Research

Research interests

  • Youth mental health
  • e-mental health
  • Prevention and early intervention of anxiety, depression and suicide
  • Help-seeking behaviour
  • Stigma and literacy

Publications

  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Farrer, L et al 2018, 'FitMindKit: Randomised controlled trial of an automatically tailored online program for mood, anxiety, substance use and suicidality', Internet Interventions, vol. 12, no. June 2018, pp. 91-99.
  • Ma, J, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2018, 'Suicide Risk across Latent Class Subgroups: A Test of the Generalizability of the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. 2018, no. Jan 6.
  • van Spijker, B, Werner-Seidler, A, Batterham, P et al 2018, 'Effectiveness of a Web-Based Self-Help Program for Suicidal Thinking in an Australian Community Sample: Randomized Controlled Trial', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. e15.
  • Han, J, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2018, 'Development and pilot evaluation of an online psychoeducational program for suicide prevention among university students: A randomised controlled trial', Internet Interventions, vol. 12, no. June 2018, pp. 111-120.
  • Robinson, J, Calear, A & Bailey, E 2018, 'Suicide prevention in educational settings: a review', Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 132-140.
  • O'Dea, B, Achilles, M, Werner-Seidler, A et al 2018, 'Adolescents' perspectives on a mobile app for relationships: implications for the design and delivery of help-seeking interventions', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 6, no. 3, p. 79.
  • Sunderland, M, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2018, 'High agreement was obtained across scores from multiple equated scales for social anxiety disorder using item response theory', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 99, no. 2018, pp. 132-143.
  • Batterham, P, Walker, J, Leach, L et al 2018, 'A longitudinal test of the predictions of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behaviour for passive and active suicidal ideation in a large community-based cohort', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 227, pp. 97-102.
  • Perry, Y, Werner-Seidler, A, Calear, A et al 2017, 'Preventing Depression in Final Year Secondary Students: School-Based Randomized Controlled Trial', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. e369 (11pp).
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Christensen, H et al 2017, 'Independent Effects of Mental Disorders on Suicidal Behavior in the Community', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. Online, pp. 10pp..
  • Calear, A, Banfield, M, Batterham, P et al 2017, 'Silence is deadly: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a mental health help-seeking intervention for young men', BMC Public Health, vol. 17, no. 834, pp. 1-8.
  • Batterham, P, Sunderland, M, Slade, T et al 2017, 'Assessing distress in the community: psychometric properties and crosswalk comparison of eight measures of psychological distress', Psychological Medicine, vol. 48, no. 8, pp. 1316-1324.
  • Han, J, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2017, 'Factors Influencing Professional Help-Seeking for Suicidality: A Systematic Review
    ', Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    , vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 175-196.
  • Kazan, D, Calear, A & Batterham, P 2017, 'A Systematic Review of Controlled Trials Evaluating Interventions Following Non-Marital Relationship Separation', Journal of Relationships Research, vol. 8, no. e6, pp. 1-11.
  • O'Dea, B, Larsen, M, Batterham, P et al 2017, 'A Linguistic Analysis of Suicide-Related Twitter Posts', Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    , vol. Advance online publication, pp. 1-11.
  • Batterham, P, Sunderland, M, Carragher, N et al 2017, 'Psychometric Properties of 7- and 30-Day Versions of the PROMIS Emotional Distress Item Banks in an Australian Adult Sample', Assessment, vol. Early Online, pp. 1073191116685800-1073191116685800.
  • Sunderland, M, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2017, 'The development and validation of static and adaptive screeners to measure the severity of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder', International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, vol. online, pp. 1-9pp.
  • Batterham, P & Calear, A 2017, 'Preferences for Internet-Based Mental Health Interventions in an Adult Online Sample: Findings From an Online Community Survey', JMIR Mental Health, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. e26-e26.
  • Sunderland, M, Batterham, P, Carragher, N et al 2017, 'Developing and Validating a Computerized Adaptive Test to Measure Broad and Specific Factors of Internalizing in a Community Sample', Assessment, vol. Online, pp. 1073191117707810-1073191117707810.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Carragher, N et al 2017, 'Prevalence and predictors of distress associated with completion of an online survey assessing mental health and suicidality in the community', Psychiatry Research, vol. 262, pp. 348-350.
  • Han, J, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2017, 'Translation and validation of the Chinese versions of the Suicidal Ideation Attributes Scale, Stigma of Suicide Scale, and Literacy of Suicide Scale', Death Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 173-179.
  • Torok, M, Calear, A, Shand, F et al 2017, 'A Systematic Review of Mass Media Campaigns for Suicide Prevention: Understanding Their Efficacy and the Mechanisms Needed for Successful Behavioral and Literacy Change', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, pp. -.
  • Afzali, M, Sunderland, M, Batterham, P et al 2017, 'Network approach to the symptom-level association between alcohol use disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 329-339pp.
  • Werner-Seidler, A, Perry, Y, Calear, A et al 2017, 'School-based depression and anxiety prevention programs for young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 51, pp. 30-47.
  • Calear, A, Batterham, P, Griffiths, K et al 2016, 'Generalized Anxiety Disorder Stigma in Adolescents: Personal and Perceived Stigma Levels and Predictors', Stigma and Health, pp. 1-8.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H, Freeman, A et al 2016, 'A systematic review of psychosocial suicide prevention interventions for youth', European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 467-482.
  • Carragher, N, Sunderland, M, Batterham, P et al 2016, 'Discriminant validity and gender differences in DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 190, pp. 56-67.
  • Kazan, D, Calear, A & Batterham, P 2016, 'The impact of intimate partner relationships on suicidal thoughts and behaviours: A systematic review', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 190, pp. 585-598.
  • Krysinska, K, Batterham, P, Tye, M et al 2016, 'Best strategies for reducing the suicide rate in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 115-118pp.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Sunderland, M et al 2016, 'Online screening and feedback to increase help-seeking for mental health problems: population-based randomised controlled trial', British Journal of Psychiatry Open, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 67-73.
  • Batterham, P, Sunderland, M, Carragher, N et al 2016, 'The Distress Questionnaire-5: Population screener for psychological distress was more accurate than the K6/K10', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 71, pp. 35-42.
  • Calear, A, Batterham, P, Poyser, C et al 2016, 'Cluster randomised controlled trial of the e-couch Anxiety and Worry program in schools', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 196, pp. 210-217.
  • Thornton, L, Batterham, P, Fassnacht, D et al 2016, 'Recruiting for health, medical or psychosocial research using Facebook: Systematic review', Internet Interventions, vol. 4, no. Part 1, pp. 72-81.
  • Ma, J, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2016, 'A systematic review of the predictions of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 46, pp. 34-45.
  • Perry, Y, Werner-Seidler, A, Calear, A et al 2016, 'Web-Based and Mobile Suicide Prevention Interventions for Young People: A Systematic Review', Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 73-79.
  • Patel, S, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2016, 'Predictors of Comfort and Confidence Among Medical Students in Providing Care to Patients at Risk of Suicide', Academic Psychiatry, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 919-922pp.
  • Perry, Y, Werner-Seidler, A, Calear, A et al 2016, 'Web-Based and Mobile Suicide Prevention Interventions for Young People: A Systematic Review', Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 73-79.
  • Calear, A, Brewer, J, Batterham, P et al 2016, 'The Sources of Strength Australia Project: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 349-349.
  • Batterham, P, Sunderland, M, Carragher, N et al 2016, 'Development and community-based validation of eight item banks to assess mental health', Psychiatry Research, vol. 243, pp. 453-462pp.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H, Brewer, J et al 2016, 'A pilot randomized controlled trial of the e-couch anxiety and worry program in schools', Internet Interventions, vol. 6, pp. 1-5.
  • Batterham, P, Torok, M, Krysinska, K et al 2016, 'Best strategies for reducing the suicide rate in Australia: response to Pirkis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 386-386.
  • Van Spijker, B, Calear, A, Batterham, P et al 2015, 'Reducing suicidal thoughts in the Australian general population through web-based self-help: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial', Trials, vol. 16, no. 62, pp. 1-10pp.
  • O'Dea, B, Wan, S, Batterham, P et al 2015, 'Detecting suicidality on Twitter', Internet Interventions, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 183-188.
  • O'Dea, B, Calear, A & Perry, Y 2015, 'Is e-health the answer to gaps in adolescent mental health service provision?', Current Opinion In Psychiatry, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 336-342.
  • Batterham, P, Sunderland, M, Calear, A et al 2015, 'Developing a roadmap for the translation of e-mental health services for depression', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 49, no. 9, pp. 776-784.
  • Batterham, P, Brewer, J, Tjhin, A et al 2015, 'Systematic item selection process applied to developing item pools for assessing multiple mental health problems', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 68, no. 8, pp. 913-919.
  • Calear, A 2015, 'Web-based prevention and treatment programmes for internalising problems in youth: encouraging findings in an expanding research field', Evidence-Based Mental Health, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 96-96.
  • Gulliver, A, Farrer, L, Chan, J et al 2015, 'Technology-based interventions for tobacco and other drug use in university and college students: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1-10pp.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A & van Spijker, B 2015, 'The Specificity of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior for Identifying Suicidal Ideation in an Online Sample', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 448-460.
  • Perry, Y, Calear, A, Mackinnon, A et al 2015, 'Trial for the Prevention of Depression (TriPoD) in final-year secondary students: Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 17.
  • Christensen, H, Batterham, P & Calear, A 2014, 'Online interventions for anxiety disorders', Current Opinion In Psychiatry, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 7-13.
  • Calear, A, Batterham, P & Christensen, H 2014, 'Predictors of help-seeking for suicidal ideation in the community: Risks and opportunities for public suicide prevention campaigns', Psychiatry Research, vol. 219, no. 3, pp. 525-530.
  • Van Spijker, B, Batterham, P, Calear, A et al 2014, 'The Suicidal Ideation Attributes Scale (SIDAS): Community-Based Validation Study of a New Scale for the Measurement of Suicidal Ideation', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 408-419.
  • Christensen, H, Calear, A, Van Spijker, B et al 2014, 'Psychosocial interventions for suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts: A database of randomised controlled trials', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 14, no. 86, pp. 1-6.
  • Batterham, P, Fairweather-Schmidt, K, Butterworth, P et al 2014, 'Temporal effects of separation on suicidal thoughts and behaviours', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 111, pp. 58-63.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H, Mackinnon, A et al 2013, 'Adherence to the MoodGYM program: Outcomes and predictors for an adolescent school-based population', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 147, no. 1-3, pp. 338-344.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H, Griffiths, K et al 2013, 'The Y-Worri Project: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Trials, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 76-76.
  • Batterham, P, Christensen, H & Calear, A 2013, 'Anxiety symptoms as precursors of major depression and suicidal ideation', Depression and Anxiety, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 908-916.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Mackinnon, A et al 2013, 'The association between suicidal ideation and increased mortality from natural causes', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 150, no. 3, pp. 855-860.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Sunderland, M et al 2013, 'Hierarchical screening for multiple mental disorders', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 151, no. 1, pp. 229-236.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A & Christensen, H 2013, 'Correlates of suicide stigma and suicide literacy in the community', Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 406-417.
  • Donker, T, Calear, A, Busby Grant, J et al 2013, 'SUICIDE PREVENTION IN SCHIZOPHRENIA SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND PSYCHOSIS A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', BMC Psychology, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 6-6.
  • Farrer, L, Gulliver, A, Chan, J et al 2013, 'Technology-based interventions for mental health in tertiary students: Systematic review', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. e101-e101.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A & Christensen, H 2013, 'The Stigma of Suicide Scale Psychometric Properties and Correlates of the Stigma of Suicide', Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
    , vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 13-21.
  • Calear, A 2012, 'Depression in the classroom: Considerations and Strategies', American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 135-144.
  • Gulliver, A, Griffiths, K, Christensen, H et al 2012, 'INTERNET BASED INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH HELP SEEKING IN ELITE ATHLETES AN EXPLORATORY RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. e69-e69.
  • Calear, A, Griffiths, K & Christensen, H 2011, 'Personal and perceived depression stigma in Australian adolescents: Magnitude and predictors', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 129, no. 1-3, pp. 104-108.
  • Christensen, H, Pallister, E, Smale, S et al 2010, 'Community-Based Prevention Programs for Anxiety and Depression in Youth: A Systematic Review', The Journal of Primary Prevention, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 139-170.
  • Calear, A & Christensen, H 2010, 'Systematic review of school-based prevention and early intervention programs for depression', Journal of Adolescence, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 429-438.
  • Christensen, H, Murray, K, Calear, A et al 2010, 'Beacon: A Web portal to high-quality mental health websites for use by health professionals and the public', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 192, no. 11, pp. S40-S44.
  • Calear, A & Christensen, H 2010, 'Review of internet-based prevention and treatment programs for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 192, no. 11, pp. S12-S14.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H & Griffiths, K 2010, 'Internet-based anxiety and depression prevention programs for children and adolescents', in James Bennett-Levy et all (ed.), Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 393-398.
  • Griffiths, K, Calear, A & Banfield, M 2009, 'Systematic Review on Internet Support Groups (ISGs) and Depression (1): Do ISGs Reduce Depressive Symptoms?', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. e40.
  • Calear, A & Christensen, H 2009, 'Efficacy and effectiveness of school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 208-215.
  • Calear, A, Christensen, H, Mackinnon, A et al 2009, 'The YouthMood Project: A cluster randomized controlled trial of an online cognitive behavioral program with adolescents', Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 77, no. 6, pp. 1021-1032.
  • Griffiths, K, Calear, A, Banfield, M et al 2009, 'Systematic review on internet support groups (ISGs) and depression (2): What is known about depression ISGs?', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. e41.
  • Calear, A, Batterham, P, Christensen, H et al 2009, 'Predictors of adherence by adolescents to a cognitive behaviour therapy website in school and community-based settings', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. e6.
  • Batterham, P, Calear, A, Bennett, K et al 2008, 'Predictors of Adherence among community users of a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Website', Patient Preference and Adherence, vol. 2, pp. 97-105.
  • Calear, A & Christensen, H 2007, 'Australian school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety and depression: A systematic view', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 186, no. 6, pp. 305-308.