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Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood

Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood

Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood
Senior Research Fellow
BBSc (Psych Hons), PhD

Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood is a Senior Research Fellow with The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Dr Lawrence-Wood completed her Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) in 2005 and her Doctor of Philosophy in 2011, both at Flinders University.  Dr Lawrence-Wood has had substantial involvement in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Prospective Study, a large-scale project focusing on the impacts of deployment to the MEAO on the health of ADF personnel, and is the currently appointed Study Manager for this project.  Her current research focus is as the Study Manager for the follow-up to this study: The Impact of Combat Study (Transition & Wellbeing Research Programme).  She was also responsible for the Mothers in the MEAO project, a follow-up to the Military Health outcomes program (MilHOP) Health Studies, aimed at understanding the specific health and psychosocial wellbeing impacts of deployment, for Australian mothers who have deployed to the MEAO.  This research forms part of a broader area of research interest regarding the health and wellbeing of women and families in the military and other services.

Dr Lawrence-Wood has varied research experience within a number of different areas, including the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at The University of Adelaide (Impacts of military service on health and wellbeing of ADF personnel; Effects of trauma exposure, and development of PTSD), the School of Psychology at Flinders University (Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging; Social psychology of justice), Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit (chronic condition self-management; allied health curriculum), externally in her role as Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Operation Flinders Foundation, and through writing collaborations with various colleagues (psychological outcomes for staff;  outcomes of health behaviours; psychological and social health among female military personnel).  Her research interests are similarly broad, though is particularly interested in the role of the social context in terms of how people think and behave, and the nexus between mental and physical health. Since commencing her current role at CTSS she has developed a strong interest in the physical and immunological impacts of deployment and combat exposure, and has been actively working to develop collaborations in this area with colleagues within The University of Adelaide, as well as other institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

In addition to her research position, Dr Lawrence-Wood is the current Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee, and a Director on the Board of Management, for the Operation Flinders Foundation, a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk.  In these roles she is responsible for the development and oversight of clinical aspects of this program, and is involved directly in organisation management.  These are both voluntary positions.

Publications:

Papers and Reports

  1. Lawrence-Wood, E., Kumar, S., Crompvoets, S., Fosh, B. G., Rahmanian, H., Jones, L., and Neuhaus, S. J. (accepted).  A systematic review of the impacts of active military service on sexual and reproductive health outcomes among servicewomen and female veterans of armed forces.  Journal of Military and Veterans Health.
    https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=258754516088220;res=IELHEA
  2. Lawrence-Wood, E. R., Van Hooff, M., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. C. (2016). Re-experiencing phenomena following a disaster: The long-term predictive role of intrusion symptoms in the development of post-trauma depression and anxiety. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 278-281. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26540082
  3. Lawrence-Wood, E., Jones, L., Hodson, S., Crompvoets S., McFarlane, A., and Neuhaus, S. (2015).  Mothers in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): the health impacts of maternal deployment to an area of operations.  Report for the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs, Canberra.
    http://www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/consultation%20and%20grants/healthstudies/Mothers_in_MEAO.pdf
  4. Bennett, N., Davy, C., Lawrence-Wood, E., & McFarlane, A. (2015). The association between inflammatory markers and psychological disorders in veterans and military personnel: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 13(4), 41. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26447072
  5. Lawrence-Wood, E.,  Searle, A.,  Van Hooff, M., Grace, B.,  Baur, J., McFarlane, A. (2015). 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.
  6. McFarlane, A.C., Felmingham, K., Lawrence, A., Lawrence-Wood, E., Saccone, E., Clark, R., Davy, C., Bryant, R. (2014). The Use of qEEG and Event Related Potential Measures as an Indicator of mTBI in ADF Members Deployed of Afghanistan.  Report for Defence Health Foundation.
  7.  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.
  8.  Davy C, Dobson A, Lawrence-Wood E, Lorimer M, Moores K, Lawrence A, Horsley K, Crockett A, McFarlane A (2012). The Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Health Study: Prospective Study Report. The University of Queensland, Centre for Military and Veterans Health, Brisbane, Australia.
  9. Lawrence-Wood, E., & Raymond, I. (2011). Exploring post-program adjustment for adult staff facilitating a Wilderness-Adventure program. Journal of Experiential Education, 33, 323-337.
    http://jee.sagepub.com/content/33/4/323.full.pdf+html

Conference Symposia

  1. Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., Searle A., McFarlane A. (2014, September). The psychological impact of Australian Defence Force deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations:  Risk and resilience factors.  Symposium chaired at Annual Conference on Traumatic Stress, Melbourne, Australia.

Conference Presentations

  1. Lawrence-Wood, E., Jones, L., Hodson, S., Crompvoets S., McFarlane, A., and Neuhaus, S. (2015, October).  The experience and impacts of deployment among mothers in the Australian Defence Force:  Findings from the Mothers in the MEAO Study. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  2. Neuhaus, S. J., Lawrence-Wood, E., and Crompvoets, S. (2015, October). The changing needs of Australia’s servicewomen and female veterans: a historical overview. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  3. Van Hoof, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Hodson, S., and McFarlane, A. (2015, October). Psychological impacts of military service among Australian Defence Force females. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  4. Searle, A, Saccone, E, Lawrence-Wood, E, Van Hooff, M, Grace, B, McFarlane, AC. (2015, October). The prevalence and predictors of mental disorder amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) Personnel deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  5. Lawrence-Wood, E, Searle A, Van Hooff, M, Grace, B, Baur, J, McFarlane AC (2015, October). Associations Between Pre-deployment and deployment specific factors, and inflammatory markers among ADF members. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  6. Graham, K, Searle A, Van Hooff, M, Lawrence-wood, E, McFarlane AC, (2015, October). Traumatic Stress in the ADF: Is physical the new mental? Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  7. Searle, A.K., E., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M. & McFarlane, A. (2015, October). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  8. McFarlane AC, Van Hooff, M, Lawrence-wood, E, Hodson, S, Sadler, N, Benassi, H, Forbes, D, Bryant, R, Sim, M, Kelsall, H, Rosenfeld, J, Burns, J (2015, October).The Impact of Combat Study: Investigating the longitudinal trajectory of mental, physical, biological and neurocognitive profile in ADF personnel deployed to a combat zone. Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Hobart, Australia.
  9. Van Hooff M., Lawrence-Wood E., Searle A.K. (2014, December).  The longitudinal and intergenerational effects of childhood disaster exposure:  How parental wellbeing can shape children’s psychological health.  Paper presented at the Society for mental Health research annual conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  10. McFarlane, A., Lawrence-Wood E., Vann Hoof M., Searle A., Hodson S. (2014, November).  Longitudinal Impacts of Combat Exposure: Neurocognitive, Psychological and Biological Outcomes.  Paper presented at the Defence Human Sciences Symposium, Adelaide, Australia.
  11. Van Hoof M., Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., McFarlane A. Hodson, S., Sadler N., Benassi H., Forbes D., Bryant R., Sim M., Kelsall H., Rosenfeld J., Burns J. (2014, November).  The transition and wellbeing research program:  investigating the mental, physical, social and biological health of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.  Paper presented at the Society for mental Health research annual conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  12. McFarlane A.C., Felmingham K., Lawrence A., Lawrence-Wood E., Wise V., Davy C., Bryant R. (2014, November).  A Prospective Study of the Differential Impact of mTBI and PTSD on cortical arousal.  Paper presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference, Miami, USA.
  13. Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., McFarlane A. (2014, September). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Traumatic Stress, Melbourne, Australia.
  14. Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., Van Hooff M., & McFarlane A. (2014, October). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.  Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Sydney, Australia.
  15. Van Hooff M., Searle A., Lawrence-Wood E., McFarlane A. (2014, October).  Post-traumatic stress disorder in Australian Defence Force (ADF) members deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): The impact of deployment, combat, and other lifetime traumas.   Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Sydney, Australia.
  16. Lawrence-Wood E., McFarlane A., Searle A., van Hooff M., Davy C. (2014, October).  Exploration of the association between inflammation and psychological distress in deployed Australian Defence Force personnel.  Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association annual conference, Sydney, Australia.
  17. Lawrence-Wood E., McFarlane A., Searle A., van Hooff M., Davy C. (2014, September).  Exploration of the association between inflammation and psychological distress in deployed Australian Defence Force personnel.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Traumatic Stress, Melbourne, Australia.
  18. Lawrence-Wood E. & Wenzel M. (2014, April).  A long time coming:  Delays in intergroup apologies and their effects on sincerity and forgiveness.  Paper presented at the Society for Australian Social Psychologists 43rd Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  19. Wenzel M., Lawrence-Wood E., Okimoto T.G., & Hornsey M.J.  (2014, April).  The group’s voice counts:  Perceived sincerity of intergroup apologies.  Paper presented at the Society for Australian Social Psychologists 43rd Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  20. Lawrence-Wood, E., McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2013, October). The role of re-experiencing phenomena in the maintenance and development of post-trauma psychopathology.  Paper presented at the 36th Annual National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy, October. Adelaide.
  21. Lawrence-Wood E., Davy C., Lorimer M., Dobson A., Moores K., Lawrence A., McFarlane A. (2013, November). Findings from the MEAO Prospective Study: The associations between deployment, combat and traumatic exposures and changes to health outcomes.  Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association – Repat Foundation Inc. 2013 Joint Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  22. Lawrence-Wood E., Davy C., Lorimer M., Dobson A., McFarlane A. (2013, November). Deployment and personal relationships in the MEAO health studies Prospective Study.  Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association – Repat Foundation Inc. 2013 Joint Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  23. Lawrence-Wood E., Davy C. P., Lorimer M., McFarlane A., Hodson S., Crompvoet S., Neuhaus SJ. (2013, November). The Well-being of Australian Serving Mothers.  Paper presented at the Australasian Military Medicine Association – Repat Foundation Inc. 2013 Joint Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  24. Lawrence-Wood, E. (2012) Social health in the MEAO Prospective Study: The perceived impact of military commitments on intimate relationships and children. Paper presented at the 2012 South Australian Defence and Veteran Health Research Paper Day.

Published, Peer Reviewed Conference Abstracts

  1. Lawrence-Wood, E., Jones, L., Hodson, S., Crompvoets S., McFarlane, A., and Neuhaus, S. (2015).  The experience and impacts of deployment among mothers in the Australian Defence Force:  Findings from the Mothers in the MEAO Study. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 32. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  2. Lawrence-Wood, E., and Sadler, N. (2015).  Understanding the Impact of Exposure to a Combat Zone. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 77. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  3. Lawrence-Wood, E, Searle A, Van Hooff, M, Grace, B, Baur, J, McFarlane AC (2015). Associations Between Pre-deployment and deployment specific factors, and inflammatory markers among ADF members. Journal of Military and Veteran’s health, 23 (4):13-14. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  4. Bennett, N., Davy, C., Lawrence-Wood, E., and McFarlane, A. 2015).  Is there an association between inflammation and psychological disorder in veterans and military personnel? Outcomes of a systematic review. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 49. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  5. Neuhaus, S.J., Lawrence-Wood, E., and Crompvoets, S. (2015) The changing needs of Australia’s servicewomen and female veterans: a historical overview. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 19.
    http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  6. Felmingham, K., Zuj, D., Bryant, R., Palmer, M., Davy, C., Lawrence-Wood, E., Lawrence, A. and McFarlane, A. (2015) The Effect of PTSD Symptoms and mild TBI on Neural Responses to Emotional Faces Following Deployment. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 27. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  7. Pfingst, K., Nalivaiko, E., Baumert, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., and Grace, B. (2015).  Enhancing Resilience and Performance in Military through Biofeedback Based Skills Training. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 28. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  8. Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Hodson, S., and McFarlane, A. (2015).  Psychological impacts of military service among Australian Defence Force females. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 62.
    http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  9. Searle, A, Saccone, E, Lawrence-Wood, E, Van Hooff, M, Grace, B, McFarlane, AC. (2015). The prevalence and predictors of mental disorder amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) Personnel deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4) 61. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  10. Graham, K, Searle A, Van Hooff, M, Lawrence-wood, E, McFarlane AC, (2015). Traumatic Stress in the ADF: Is physical the new mental? Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (4) 76-77. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  11. Searle, A.K., E., 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 Veteran’s Health, 23 (4): 65. http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-23-no-4/
  12. McFarlane AC, Van Hooff, M, Lawrence-wood, E, Hodson, S, Sadler, N, Benassi, H, Forbes, D, Bryant, R, Sim, M, Kelsall, H, Rosenfeld, J, Burns, J (2015).The Impact of Combat Study: Investigating the longitudinal trajectory of mental, physical, biological and neurocognitive profile in ADF personnel deployed to a combat zone. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23 (1): 53. http://jmvh.org/issue/vol-23-no-1/
  13. Davy C. P., Lorimer M., McFarlane A., Hodson S., Crompvoets S., Lawrence-Wood E., Neuhaus S.J. (2013) The well-being of Australian serving mothers.  Journal of Military and Veterans Health, 21, 4.
    http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-21-no-4/
  14. Rahmanian H., Rowland K., Lawrence-Wood E., McFarlane A., Neuhaus S.J. (2013).  A pilot study to investigate persistent Strongyloides in South Australian Vietnam veterans.  Journal of Military and Veterans Health, 21, 4.
    http://jmvh.org/issue/volume-21-no-4/
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