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Dr Amelia Searle

Dr Amelia Seare

Dr Amelia Searle
Senior Research Fellow
BPsych (Hons), PhD

Dr Amelia Searle is a Senior Research Fellow with The University of Adelaide's Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Dr Searle’s background is in psychology, completing a PhD through The University of Adelaide in 2011 within the broad area of child mental health, and receiving the Dean’s letter of commendation for the high quality of her thesis. Dr Searle’s interests centre on the predictors and correlates of mental health and disorder across the lifespan. She commenced her position as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies in 2012. In this role, Dr Searle investigates the precursors of adult mental health problems in several large cohort studies.

In particular, Dr Searle has extensive experience within military mental health research, having conducted detailed analysis into the predictors of mental disorder including PTSD and depression among currently-serving Australian military personnel in the large-scale Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study. She is currently a Lead Investigator on the Transition & Wellbeing Research Programme, Australia’s most comprehensive research program to examine the impact of contemporary military service on the physical, social and mental health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel.

Dr Searle has co-authored 30 peer-reviewed published journal articles and abstracts, as well as over a dozen reports commissioned for government and industry. Additionally, she has been a lead investigator on 7 project grants and consultancies.

Dr Searle has extensive research experience, working in various areas relating to mental health for over a decade, and also has research and clinical experience within the area of sleep disorders. She is familiar with managing large-scale longitudinal projects, building successful working relationships with various stakeholders and academic collaborators, conducting complex statistical analyses, and communicating research results through peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, detailed reports, and presentations at local and international academic conferences.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Sawyer, A. C. P., Miller-Lewis, L. R., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., & Lynch, J. W. (accepted). Trajectories of self-control during early childhood: Do they influence children’s mental health problems at age 6 years? Developmental Psychology.
  2. Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, M. G., Searle, A. K., Baghurst, P. A., & Hedley, D. (Accepted). Processes influencing mental health resilience in preschool children: The impact of relationships with parents and teachers. Early Education and Development.
  3. Chittleborough, C. R., Searle, A. K., Smithers, L. G., Brinkman, S. A., & Lynch, J. W. (2016) How well can poor child development be predicted from early life characteristics? A whole-of-population data linkage study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 35, 19-30. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885200615300119
  4. Galletly, C., Clark, L. S., McFarlane, A. C., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Sim, M. R., Baghurst, P. A., & Van Hooff, M. (2016). Childhood lead exposure, childhood trauma, substance use, and subclinical psychotic experiences - a longitudinal cohort study. Psychiatry Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2016.02.066 
  5. Keage, H. A. D., Muniz, G., Kurylowicz, L., Van Hooff, M., Clark, L., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M., Baghurst, P., & McFarlane, A. (2016). Age seven intelligence and paternal education appear best predictors of educational attainment: The Port Pirie Cohort Study. Australian Journal of Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajpy.12083
  6. Smithers, L. G., Searle, A. K., Chittleborough, C. R., Scheil, W., Brinkman, S., & Lynch, J. W. (2015). A whole-of-population study of term and post-term gestational age at birth and children’s development. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.13324
  7. Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., & Steele, N. (2015). The validity of military screening for mental health problems: Diagnostic accuracy of the PCL, K10 and AUDIT in an entire military population. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 24(1), 32-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1460
  8. Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, A. C. P., Searle, A. K., Mittinty, M. N., Sawyer, M. G., & Lynch, J. W. (2014). Student-teacher relationship trajectories and mental health problems in young children. BMC Psychology, 2: 27. http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/s40359-014-0027-2.pdf
  9. Searle, A. K., Baghurst, P. A., Van Hooff, M., Sawyer, M., Sim, M., Galletly, C., Clark, L., & McFarlane, A. C. (2014). Tracing the long-term legacy of childhood lead exposure: A review of three decades of the Port Pirie Cohort study. Neurotoxicology, 43, 46-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2014.04.004
  10. Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Searle, A. K., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Verhagen, A., Benassi, H., & Hodson, S. The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: Design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 5, 23950. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950
  11. Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, A. C. P., Searle, A. K., & Sawyer, M. G. (2014) Child and family predictors of child-teacher relationship trajectories during the transition from preschool to school. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 4(3), 235-243. http://www.ijiet.org/show-46-449-1.html
  12. Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Miller-Lewis, L. R., & Baghurst, P. A. (2014). Associations between children’s mental health and classroom engagement across the transition to school, and the role of gender. Elementary School Journal, 114 (3), 380 - 405. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/674421
  13. Dawson, D., Searle, A. K., & Paterson, J. L. (2014). Look before you (s)leep: Evaluating the use of fatigue detection technologies within a fatigue risk management system for the road transport industry. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 18, 141-152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2013.03.003
  14. Searle, A. K., Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, M. G., & Baghurst, P. A. (2013). Predictors of children’s kindergarten classroom engagement: Preschool adult-child relationships, self-concept, and hyperactivity/inattention. Early Education and Development, 24 (8), 1112-1136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2013.764223
  15. McFarlane, A. C., Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., Baghurst, P. A., Sawyer, M. G., Galletly, C., Sim, M. R., & Clark, L. S. (2013). Associations between childhood lead exposure and adult mental health problems. Neurotoxicology, 39, 11-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2013.08.003
  16. Miller-Lewis, L. R., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Baghurst, P. A., & Hedley, D. (2013) Predictors of mental health resilience in early childhood: A multi-methods analysis. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 7(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1753-2000-7-6
  17. Giesen, F., Searle, A., & Sawyer, M. (2007). Identifying and implementing prevention programmes for childhood mental health problems. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43 (12), 785-789.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01196.x/full
  18. Carbone, J. A., Sawyer, M. G., Searle, A. K., & Robinson, P. J. (2007). The health-related quality of life of children and adolescents in home-based foster care. Quality of Life Research, 16 (7), 1157-1166.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11136-007-9227-z
  19. Sawyer, M. G., Carbone, J. A., Searle, A. K., & Robinson, P. (2007). The mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in home-based foster care. Medical Journal of Australia, 186 (4), 181-184.
    https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2007/186/4/mental-health-and-wellbeing-children-and-adolescents-home-based-foster-care

Published Abstracts/Conference Proceedings

  1. Blunden, S., Clarkson, L., Drew, B., Banks, S., Searle, A., & Olds, T. (2015). Sleep and mood in adolescents across an entire school term: is sleep/wake variability important? Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 13 (suppl 1), A73.
  2. Graham, K., Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Traumatic stress in the ADF: Is physical the new mental? Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 23(4), 76-77.
    http://jmvh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JMVH-OCT-Vol23-web.pdf
  3. Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Hodson, S., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Psychological impacts of military service among Australian Defence Force females. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 23(4), 62-63.
    http://jmvh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JMVH-OCT-Vol23-web.pdf
  4. Searle, A., Saccone, E., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., Grace, B., & McFarlane, A. (2015). The prevalence and predictors of mental disorder amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 23(4), 61.
    http://jmvh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JMVH-OCT-Vol23-web.pdf
  5. Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., Grace, B., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Associations between pre-deployment and deployment-specific factors and inflammatory markers among ADF members. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 23(4), 13-14.http://jmvh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JMVH-OCT-Vol23-web.pdf
  6. Searle, A., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 23(1), 65. http://jmvh.org/issue/vol-23-no-1/
  7. Blunden, S., Clarkson, L., Drew, B., Banks, S., Searle, A., & Olds, T. (2014). Does sleep loss accumulate over an entire school term? Objective data in adolescent boys. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 12 (suppl 1), A211.
  8. Searle, A., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Saccone, E., Van Hooff, M., Tran, T., Hedges, L., Lorimer, M., & McFarlane, A. (2013) Detailed associations between operational deployment and mental disorder in the Australian Defence Force. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 21(4), 21-22. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-21-no-4/
  9. Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2013). The diagnostic accuracy of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-C) in the context of military psychological screening. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4 (S1), 17. 
    http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-20-no-4/
  10. Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2012). Identifying psychological disorder in the Australian Defence Force: The diagnostic validity of three screening scales. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 20(4), 75-76. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-20-no-4/
  11. Drew, B.J., Blunden, S., Clarkson, L., Searle, A., Banks, S., Olds, T. (2013). Sleepy schoolboy blues? Sleep and depression across the school term. In: Sargent C, Zhou X (Eds). Sleep, performance and well-being in adults and adolescences. Australasian Chronobiology Society, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 25-31.

Reports (those publicly available indicated by asterisks)

  1. Searle, A., Baghurst, P., & Sim, M. (2016). Independent review of the activities of the TLAP committee for 2014-2015. Report for Nyrstar and the Government of South Australia, Department of State Development: Adelaide.
  2. *Chittleborough, C. R., Searle, A., & Lynch, J. (2015). Can linked data help to better target family support programs for child health and development? Research Series 2014-03. School of Population Health, the University of Adelaide. https://health.adelaide.edu.au/betterstart/publications/reports/
  3. Searle, A. K., Saccone, E., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M. (2014). The prevalence and deployment-related predictors of mental disorder among Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to the MEAO: Results from the MilHOP Census Health and Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing datasets. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  4. Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., Grace, B., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. C. (2014). Physical and psychological health outcomes of deployment among Australian Defence Force Romans: Results from the MEAO Prospective Study. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  5. Searle, A. K., Lawrence-Wood, E., Saccone, E., & McFarlane, A. C. (2013). Predictors of treatment-seeking for mental disorder in the ADF: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  6. Searle, A. K., Tran, T., & McFarlane, A. C. (2013). Improving the identification of mental disorder within ADF mental health screening: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  7. Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., Davies, C., Baur, J., Lorimer, M., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., & McFarlane, A. C. (2013). Prevalence of mental health symptoms and psychological outcomes in Australian Defence Force Romans: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  8. Searle, A. K., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Saccone, E., McFarlane, A. C., Van Hooff, M., Tran, T., Hedges, L., & Lorimer, M. (2013). Detailed associations between deployment and disorder in the Australian Defence Force: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  9. Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Lorimer, M., Saccone, E., Searle, A. K., & Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K. (2012). The prevalence of lifetime trauma exposure in the Australian Defence Force: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  10. Van Hooff, M., Searle, A. K., Tran, T., & McFarlane, A. C. (2012). An initial examination of lifetime ICD-10 disorder in temporal relation to commencement of ADF service and first deployment: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  11. Searle, A. K., Baur, J., Van Hooff, M., Lorimer, M., & McFarlane, A. C. (2012). Aspects of ADF members’ personal relationships, and their associations with demographic and military factors, traumatic events, and psychological disorder: Results from the 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing dataset. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  12. Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., Lorimer, M. & McFarlane, A. C. (2012). Psychological differences between LASER-Resilience study and ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study (MHPWS) participants. Report for Joint Health Command, Department of Defence: Canberra.
  13. Searle, A., & Dawson, D. (2012). Putting the cart before the horse: The role of fatigue detection technologies within the road transport industry. Report for VicRoads.
  14. *Searle, A., Di Milia, L., & Dawson, D. (2011). An investigation of risk takers at railway level crossings. Brisbane: CRC for Rail Innovation. Report no. R2.114.
    file:///Users/a1156293/Downloads/R2.114%20Final%20Report%20Updated.pdf
  15. Searle, A., & Dawson, D. (2011). Keeping pace with the changing nature of public housing: HousingSA workload study.
  16. *Giesen, F., Searle, A., & Sawyer, M. (2006). Prevention of Mental Health Problems among Children Aged 10 to 14 years. Report for Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Australian Government: Canberra. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01196.x/full

Oral Presentations at Academic Meetings

  1. Searle A., Saccone, E., Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., Grace, B., McFarlane A. (2015). The prevalence and predictors of mental disorder amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. Presentation for the 24th Australasian Military Medicine Association Conference (October 9th – 11th, Hobart, Australia).
  2. Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Davies, C., Tran, T., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., & Steele, N. (2015). Screening for depression in an actively-serving military population: The diagnostic accuracy of the K10 and the PHQ9. Presentation for the World Psychiatry Association International Congress on Primary Care Mental Health (June 24th – 27th 2015, Bucharest, Romania).
  3. Searle, A. K., Chittleborough, C. R., Smithers, L. G., Brinkman, S., & Lynch, J. W. (2014). Predicting emotional vulnerability at age 5 using population-level perinatal information: A data linkage study. Presentation for the Society for Mental Health Research conference (Dec 3rd – 5th 2014, Adelaide, South Australia).
  4. Van Hooff, M., Searle, A. K., & Lawrence-Wood, E. R. (2014). The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme: Investigating the mental, physical, social and biological health of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel (co-presented by all three authors). Presentation for the Society for Mental Health Research conference (Dec 3rd – 5th 2014, Adelaide, South Australia).
  5. Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., McFarlane A. (2014). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Presentation for the 23rd Australasian Military Medicine Association Conference (October 17th – 19th, Sydney, Australia).
  6. Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., McFarlane A. (2014) Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Presentation for the 18th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (September 11th – 13th, Melbourne, Australia).
  7. Searle, A., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Saccone, E., Van Hooff, M., Tran, T., Hedges, L., Lorimer, M., & McFarlane, A. (2013) Detailed associations between operational deployment and mental disorder in the Australian Defence Force. The Australasian Military Medicine Association (AMMA)/Repat Foundation Inc. joint conference, 1st – 3rd November 2013.
  8. Searle, A., McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M., Baghurst, P., Sawyer, M., Galletly, C., Sim, M., & Clark, L. (2013). Early childhood environmental lead exposure and adult mental health problems – the Port Pirie cohort study. Presentation for the 14th International Neurotoxicology Association meeting (June 9th - 13th, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands).
  9. Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2013). The diagnostic accuracy of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-C) in the context of military psychological screening. Presentation for the 13th Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (June 6th - 9th, Bologna, Italy).
  10. Searle, A., McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M., Baghurst, P., Sawyer, M., Galletly, C., Sim, M., & Clark, L. (2012). Prospective associations between childhood low-level lead exposure and adult emotional/behavioural functioning: The 26-year follow-up of the Port Pirie cohort. Presentation for the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research conference (Dec 5th-7th 2012, Fremantle, Western Australia).
  11. Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2012). Identifying psychological disorder in the Australian Defence Force: The diagnostic validity of three screening scales. Presentation for the 2012 South Australian Defence & Veteran Health Research Paper Day, (August 29th, 2012, Adelaide, Australia).
  12. Searle, A., Sawyer, M & Miller-Lewis, L. (2009). Predictors of school success: A longitudinal model of classroom engagement across the preschool - school transition. Conference Presentation for the 14th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. (August 18-22, 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania).
  13. Searle, A., Miller-Lewis, L. & Sawyer, M. (2009). ‘Beating the odds’ at school: Educational resilience across the preschool-school transition. Presentation for the 16th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association. (July 6-8, 2009, Adelaide).

Poster Presentations at Academic Meetings

  1. Searle, A., Sawyer, M & Miller-Lewis, L., & Baghurst, P. (2012). Prospective associations between children's preschool mental health problems and kindergarten classroom engagement, and the role of gender. Presented at the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research conference (Dec 5th-7th 2012, Fremantle, Western Australia).
  2. Searle, A., Miller-Lewis, L., Sawyer, M., & Baghurst, P. (2012). Associations between preschool teacher-child relationships, children’s internal resources, and educational resilience in the first school year. Presented at the Science of Wellbeing: More than just the Absence of Illness conference (hosted by Adelaide Thinker in residence Dr. Martin Seligman), 24th Feb, Adelaide.
  3. Searle, A., Khoo, S. T., Sawyer, M & Miller-Lewis, L. (2008). Classroom engagement in the first year of school: Validation of a modified scale. Presented at the Postgraduate Research Expo, Adelaide. Received a ‘highly recommended’ nomination.
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