Miranda Van Hooff

Dr Miranda Van Hooff

Director of Research

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Career Summary:
Dr Van Hooff is the Director of Research at The University of Adelaide's Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) in 1998 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine at The University of Adelaide in 2010 for her research examining the adult mental and physical health outcomes of childhood disaster exposure. Since 1999 she has held various academic appointments within the University of Adelaide’s Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health and the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. She had her first child in 2008 while completing her PhD and her second child was born in 2013 resulting in total career disruption of approximately 15-months.

Research Support:
Dr Van Hooff has received competitive research grant funding of over $9.1M since 2013. This includes contract research funding from the Australian Government Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as well as competitive grant funding from The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), The Hospital Research Foundation, The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, and Defence Health Foundation.

Collaborations:
Dr Van Hooff’s excellent history of NHMRC, Cat 2 and contract research funding has involved widespread and long-standing collaboration with numerous external stakeholders including DVA, the Department of Defence, the SA Metropolitan Fire Service, The Road Home, the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, The Royal Society for the Blind and Assistance Dogs Australia. As chief investigator of the $4.9M Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme (2015-2019) she managed a consortium of 3 commonwealth agencies (DVA, Defence and The Australian Institute of Family Studies) and 4 academic institutions (Phoenix Australia, University of Melbourne; University of New South Wales; Monash University; Innowell, University of Sydney) to examine the impact of contemporary military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. She is a member of the 5 Eyes Mental Health Research and Innovation Collaborative (5 Eyes MHRIC): a collaboration of mental health researchers in Canada, Australia, the US, the UK, and New Zealand that strives to have a demonstrable impact on improving mental health outcomes for past and present military personnel and their families.

Community engagement and participation:
Dr Van Hooff has been an invited guest and keynote speaker at numerous national conferences and meetings, has delivered multiple radio and TV interviews in relation to her research and has briefed the Prime Minsters Advisory Council on Veterans’ mental health on multiple occasions. She was also a key expert witness on South Australia’s first successful stolen generation case (Trevorrow vs South Australia) providing evidence of concerning the State of knowledge of child psychological/psychiatric matters in the period 1957/58 to 1968, in particular training received by medical practitioners during this time and available literature on attachment and the detrimental effects of maternal deprivation.

Professional/Academic Contribution:
Dr Van Hooff has authored 43 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and 31 commissioned reports for the Departments of Defence and Veterans Affairs. She has contributed to over 50 conference presentations both nationally and internationally. Over the course of her career, Dr Van Hooff has conducted several large-scale longitudinal studies of childhood survivors of the 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires, children hospitalised for a significant burn injury, children exposed to the neurotoxic effects of lead in childhood and adults exposed to the 2006 Black Tuesday Bushfires. Since 2009, her research has focused on the mental health of current and ex-serving Australian military and emergency service personnel, as a lead researcher on the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, The Military Health Outcomes Programme and the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Health and Wellbeing Study. These studies were the first in Australia to ascertain the prevalence of ICD-10 Mental Disorder in current and ex-serving ADF members and South Australian Firefighters and have been strong drivers of change in relation to policy and service provision

Supervision/mentoring:
Dr Van Hooff has supervised 2 PhD students and 11 Masters students to completion. She is currently supervising 4 PhD students and 1 Masters student.

I am a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, which seeks to improve evidence-based practice by informing and applying scientific knowledge in the field of trauma, mental disorder and wellbeing in at-risk populations. My field of expertise are large-scale population based longitudinal studies of traumatised and at-risk populations such as military, emergency services and first responder personnel with a particular focus on the prevalence of mental disorder. I am currently the CIA for the Transition & Wellbeing Research Programme, a comprehensive $3.1M study funded by the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Director of Research (Academic Level C) The University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2014 Senior Research Fellow (Academic Level B) The University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2005 Research Program Manager Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2001 Research Assistant Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, The University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2002 Research Assistant Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Award Best Defence and Veteran Health Paper: 2012 South Australian Defence and Veteran Health Research Paper Day Repatriation General Hospital Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 - 2010 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)
    1995 - 1998 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology)
  • Research Interests

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.

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M., Bryant, R., Sim, M. (2014-2015). Improving the Resilience, Health and Wellbeing of Australian Firefighters: An Epidemiological Study of the Metropolitan Fire Service of South Australia, NHMRC Partnership Grant. $472,000

Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., & Searle, 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. $24,967.

Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., & Searle, A. (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.

McFarlane, AC., Bryant, R., Davy, C., Van Hooff, M. (2012) A prospective study of the impact and the number and type of head injuries during deployment on neurocognitive functioning and symptomatic outcomes in Australian troops. Defence Health Foundation Grant for Medical Research: Booster Grant, $96,042

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M., Sparnon, A. (2010). Adult Outcomes of Childhood Burn Injury, Burns SA Grant, $53,000

Contract Research:

Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. (2014-2017). Transition and Wellbeing Research Program. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Department of Defence.
$3,150,000

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

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2012-2014) ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study. Department of Defence. $455,000

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2012-2013) Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: Detailed analysis. Department of Defence. $318,764.07

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2011-2012) Health and Wellbeing Survey: Phase 3. Department of Defence. $529,839.84

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2010-2011). Health and Wellbeing Survey: Phase 2. Department of Defence. $2,058,258.53

McFarlane, A., Van Hooff, M. (2009-2011). Health and Wellbeing Survey: Phase 1. Department of Defence. $912,473

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Development of a Therapy/Care Model for Children of Veteran and Emergency Service Families - Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Karen Louise May
    2017 Principal Supervisor Accumulative Stress Research in Female Emergency First Responders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Helen Mary Frazer
    2017 Principal Supervisor Longitudinal Examination of Lethal and New-Lethal Suicidal Behaviour in Serving and Ex-Serving Australian Defence Force Personnel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nicole Louise Sadler
    2017 Principal Supervisor Development and Evaluation of a Peer-Led Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Skills Program for Current and Ex-Serving Military and Emergency Services personnel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jonathan Paul Lane
    2016 Co-Supervisor An Investigation of the childhood determinants of mental health in the military. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rebecca Sheriff
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Relationship between Trauma Exposure, Somatic Symptoms and Mental Health in Australian Defence Force Members Deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kristin Graham
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Hyperarousal: the Critical Determinant of Post-Trauma Sequelae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jason Blunt
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Does Injury Moderate Mental Health Outcomes following Deployment Trauma? An Investigation using the Australian Defence Force Department of Defence Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time Aleesha Shimeld
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The association between hyperarousal, alcohol misuse and anger in currently serving ADF personnel Department of Defence Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time David Montgomery
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Short-term and sustained effects of heart rate variability biofeedback on resilience outcomes in military trainees Department of Defence Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time Kane Pfingst
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Moderating Effects of Neuroticism and Extraversion Between Deployment Experiences and Post-operational Mental Health in an Australian Defence Force Sample Department of Defence Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time Nicole Walker
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Investigating the relationship between childhood trauma experience and adult anger attacks: Possible roles of emotional regulation and evaluation of risk Department of Defence Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time Louise O'Sullivan
    2013 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Effects of trauma type and psychopathology on risk-taking propensity in a community sample Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health University of Canberra Master of Clinical Psychology Master Part Time Louise Williams
    2012 - 2012 Co-Supervisor The Relationship between Childhood Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Emotional Regulation Flinders University Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Kristie Scudds
    2011 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Psychological Outcomes amongst Adult Survivors of Childhood Burn Injuries University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Part Time Freya Goodhew
    2006 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Predictors of mental health service utilisation in adults exposed to trauma in childhood: A 20 year longitudinal follow-up study University of South Australia Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Vanessa Mills
    2006 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Sexual victimisation in the community: lifetime trauma and the prediction of psychopathology University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Nadia Del Col
    2005 - 2005 Principal Supervisor World Assumptions in Depression: Does Childhood Trauma Play a Role? University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Josie Millar
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member School of Medicine Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2012 - 2012 Member Scientific Organising Committee for the 2012 Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS) University of Adelaide Australia
  • Expert Witness

    Date Case Institution Country
    2014 - 2014 Trevorrow v State of South Australia (No. 5) [2037] SASC 285 (1 August 2007). University of Adelaide Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2016 - 2017 Post Graduate Co-ordinator University of Adelaide School Of Medicine Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Ministerial Briefing:Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme Report: Findings and Implications Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - 2018 Ministerial Briefing: Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme: Results from the Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing and Pathways to Care Report Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health University of Adelaide Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Journal of Military and Veterans Health Journal Review University of Adelaide
    2017 - ongoing International Journal of Epidemiology Journal Review University of Adelaide
  • Position: Director of Research
  • Phone: 83135356
  • Email: miranda.vanhooff@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 5368
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

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