Helen Benassi

BA/BSc, GDip Psych
PhD Candidate

Biography

Helen is undertaking her PhD under a Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship for the Department of Defence. Helen joined Defence in 2005 where she has worked in mental health screening, surveillance and unit climate, epidemiology and personnel selection research. She completed a psychology internship with Defence, registering as a psychologist in 2010. Prior to starting her PhD, Helen was responsible for the coordination of strategic mental health research within Defence and is currently an investigator on the Longitudinal Australian Defence Force (ADF) Study Evaluating Resilience and the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.

Research

Research interests

Helen’s research will explore how e-mental health resources support early identification and self-management of mental health in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Her research will examine stigma and barriers to care, mental health service use and use of online resources and treatment by ADF members. Her research interests include: military mental health; help-seeking, stigma and barriers to mental health care; and, military mental health screening.

Publications

Burns, J., Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Benassi, H., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Hansen, C., Avery, J., Searle, A., Iannos, M., Abraham, M., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. (2019). Technology Use and Wellbeing Report, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Bryant, R., Lawrence-Wood, E., Baur, J., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Sadler, N., Benassi, H., Howell, S., Abraham, M., Iannos, M., Hansen, C., Searle, A., & Van Hooff, M. (2019). Mental Health Changes Over Time: a Longitudinal Perspective: Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Lawrence-Wood, E., McFarlane, A., Lawrence, A., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Bryant, R., Korgaonkar, M., Rosenfeld, J., Sim, M., Kelsall, H., Abraham, M., Baur, J., Howell, S., Hansen, C., Iannos, M., Searle, A., & Van Hooff, M. (2019). Impact of Combat Report, Impact of Combat Study. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Van Hooff M, Lawrence-Wood E, Hodson S, Sadler N, Benassi H, Hansen C, Grace B, Avery J, Searle A, Iannos M, Abraham M, Baur J, McFarlane A. (2018) Mental Health Prevalence, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study, the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra.

Forbes D, Van Hooff M, Lawrence-Wood E, Sadler N, Hodson S, Benassi H, Hansen C, Avery J, Varker T, O’Donnell M, Phelps A, Frederickson J, Sharp M, Searle A, McFarlane A. (2018) Pathways to Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study, the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra.

Kelsall, H., Sim, M., Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Benassi, H., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Hansen, C., Avery, J., Searle, A., Ighani, H., Iannos, M., Abraham, M., Baur, J., Saccone, E., & McFarlane, A. (2018). Physical Health Status Report, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Tran, T., Hodson, S. E., Benassi, H.P., Steele, N. M. (2017). Screening for Depression and Psychological Distress in a Currently Serving Military Population: The Diagnostic Accuracy of the K10 and the PHQ9. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191117745124

Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C.E. Fairweather-Schmidt, A.K., Hodson, S.E., Benassi, H.P. & Steele. N. (2015). The validity of military screening for mental health problems: Diagnostic accuracy of the PCL, K10 and AUDIT scales in an entire military population. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 16;24(1):32-45. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1460

Steele, N.M, Benassi, H.P, Chesney, C.J, Nicholson, C, Fogarty, G.J, (2014) Evaluating the Merits of Using Brief Measures of PTSD or General Mental Health Measures in Two-Stage PTSD Screening. Military Medicine, 179(12): 1497-1502, DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00183

Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A.C., Davies, C.E., Searle, A., Fairweather-Schmidt, A.K., Verhagen, A., Benassi, H., Hodson, S.E. The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014 14;5. Epub 2014 Aug 14. DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950

Benassi, H. (2012) Post-Operational Mental Health: Bi-Annual Surveillance Report. Technical Brief 04-12. Canberra: Department of Defence.

Benassi, H., & Steele, N. (2011). Post-Operational Mental Health Surveillance: Middle East Area of Operations 2010.  Technical Brief 13-11. Canberra: Department of Defence.