Amelia Searle

Dr Amelia Searle

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am a post-doctoral research fellow, conducting research in the broad areas of mental health and wellbeing, public health and epidemiology.
My research interests include risk and protective factors for mental health and disorder outcomes, early child development and educational psychology, and adversity, trauma and resilience in various populations. I am particularly interested in the early childhood origins of later mental disorder. Additionally, I also study mental health and disorder in emergency services and first responder populations, including military personnel, veterans, and fire and ambulance services personnel.

Project grants:

Van Hooff, M., Searle, A., McFarlane, A., Lawrence-Wood, E., & Grace, B. (2016). Understanding the health and wellbeing of Australia’s first responders. The Repat Foundation Inc. Grants for Medical Research. $50, 000.

Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., Searle, A., Neuhaus, S., Hodson, S., & McFarlane, A. (2014). A detailed investigation of psychological disorder and symptoms among contemporary female Australian Defence Force members. The Repat Foundation Inc. Grants for Medical Research. $25, 000.

Van Hooff, M., Searle, A., & Lawrence-Wood, E. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members Deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): The impact of deployment, combat and other lifetime traumas. The Repat Foundation Inc. Grants for Medical Research. $25,000.

Blunden, S., Olds, T, Banks, S., & Searle, A. (2012). How much does cumulative sleep loss across a school term affect depression and anxiety in adolescent males? BeyondBlue. $84,000.



Searle, A., Baghurst, P., & Sim, M. (2016). Independent review of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) committee activities for the period 2014-2015. $10,625.

Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Searle, A., Lawrence-Wood, E. (2014). Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP): Detailed analysis. Department of Defence. $144,881.18.

Dawson, D., Searle, A. K., & Buchanan, J. (2011) Housing SA workload study. Government of South Australia (Housing SA). $32,000.


Travel/conference grants:

2013     Awarded a Healthy Development Adelaide travel grant for 2013 ($1000)

2009     Awarded an Australasian Human Development Conference scholarship (value ~ $300)

2008     Awarded a Healthy Development Adelaide travel grant for 2009 ($1000)



2006     Awarded a PhD Scholarship from Australian Rotary Health ($87,500)

I enjoy the opportunity to teach, and have conducted several guest lectures in the broad area of developmental psychology at the University of Adelaide. I have also tutored first year Psychology students.

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Member SMHR 2014 conference local organising committee
    2013 - 2015 Member School of Population Health (University of Adelaide) Early Career Research Committee
    2012 - 2014 Member School of Population Health (University of Adelaide) Research Committee
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83131704
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  • Fax: 8313 5368
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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