Social causes and consequences of common mental disorders

Current research in this program focuses on how work and family circumstances (and transitions) intersect with the two most common mental disorders – depression and anxiety.

Our research focuses on individuals who are in early to mid-adulthood, as it is during this life stage that work and family responsibilities often coalesce.

Researchers in this program typically collect and analyse large, representative, longitudinal datasets to investigate the social causes and consequences of anxiety and depression at the population-level.


The research program works closely with:

The Centre for Mental Health, at The University of Melbourne:

  • Professor Peter Butterworth

Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University:

  • Professor Jan Nicholson

  • Dr Amanda Cooklin

  • Dr Elizabeth Westrupp

Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania:

  • Associate Professor Angela Martin

Jean Hailes Research Unit, Monash University:

  • Professor Jane Fisher

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute:

  • Dr Rebecca Giallo

Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, The ANU Medical School:

  • Dr Rebecca Reay

  • Professor Jeff Cubis

Centre for Mental Health Research, RSPH, ANU:

  • Dr Philip Batterham

  • Dr Louise Farrer

  • Ms Carmel Poyser

Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Canada:

  • Associate Professor Dawn Kingston