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.


Dr Van Hooff is a Senior Research Fellow, and Director of Research at The University of Adelaide's Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies.

She was lead researcher, investigator and author on the 2010 ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Study (MHPWS), the first published study to examine the prevalence of Mental Health Disorder in the entire Australian Defence Force. Funded by the Department of Defence, in collaboration with the Directorate of Strategic and Operational Mental Health, this large-scale study established the prevalence of ICD-10 psychiatric disorder in a representative sample of 24,481 currently serving ADF personnel, as well as providing important information relating to the diagnostic efficiency of key screening instruments currently used by the ADF in the post-deployment environment. Currently, Dr Van Hooff is the Chief Investigator for SA Metropolitan Fire Service Health and Wellbeing Study, a mental health prevalence study of the entire professional fire fighting contingent, as well as the Transition and 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 Van Hooff was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine at The University of Adelaide in 2011 for her research into the longitudinal outcomes of childhood disaster exposure. During her academic career she has been an author, lead researcher and program manager on a number of high profile, large-scale longitudinal studies of traumatized populations, including childhood survivors of the 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires, burn injured children admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, adults exposed to the 2006 Black Tuesday Bushfires and injury survivors admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She has also completed a long-term study examining the neurocognitive outcomes of childhood lead exposure.

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
  • 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)

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 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 Accumulative Stress Research in Female Emergency First Responders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Helen Mary Frazer
    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
    2015 Co-Supervisor The Relationship Between Trauma Exposure, Somatic Symptoms and Mental Health Symptoms in Deployed Military Personnel Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kristin Graham
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Hyperarousal: the Critical Determinant of Post-Trauma Sequelae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jason Blunt
  • 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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