• Behaviour Change (Women's Health)
  • Digital Health (Disease Prevention & Management)
  • Public Health (Cardiometabolic & Psychiatric Epidemiology)



  • Dr Adrienne O'Neil is a Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Deputy Director of Non Communicable Diseases at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health. Since having her PhD (Public Health) conferred in 2012, Dr O'Neil has been building a research program and team that combines her expertise in cardiovascular and psychiatric epidemiology and intervention research to generate new knowledge that advances the awareness, prevention and management of heart disease and its common comorbidities in women. As part of an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship entitled "Targeting Depression for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)", Dr O'Neil undertook a 6 month fellowship at Stanford University to (i) develop a new risk equation for women that is more accurate for predicting heart events than conventional assessment tools and (ii) to gain expertise in the burgeoning field of digital public health. Since returning to Australia her growing expertise in chronic disease prevention & control has been widely recognised, and she is dedicated to addressing the critical knowledge gaps in this area that are specific to women. This includes developing a better understanding of the pathophysiology of coronary disease and mental disorders and developing accessible, scalable and more personalised treatments and programs for Australian women with and at risk of developing chronic conditions.   


Member of

  • National Alliance for the Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease. Associate 2015 -
  • Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders. Executive Committee Member 2014 -
  • International Society of Nutritional Psychiatric Research. Associate 2013 -


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  • Dr O'Neil has produced 72 publications including 48 scientific papers (9 conference abstracts, 6 letters, 5 book chapters, 2 reports, 2 patient manuals) including 1st author commentary pieces in Archives of Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Medical Journal of Australia & Circulation. She has received ~$2 million of competitive funding from NHMRC, National Heart Foundation, Deakin University, Meat and Livestock Council and the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research. She currently supervises & mentors 15 students & staff.   


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2012
  • BA (Hons), Monash University 2003

Awards and honors

  • Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research Young Investigator of the Year, 2013
  • Not in List, 2012
  • National Heart Foundation Top Ranked Doctoral Scholar, 2009



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