DR Sandra Davidson

DR Sandra Davidson

Positions

Overview

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  • Dr Sandra Davidson is a Senior Research Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. Sandra's research explores innovative approaches to the treatment and management of common mental health disorders.

    She is the lead investigator on the Driving to Health project which is a world-first study aiming to improve the mental health of the largely immigrant workforce of urban taxi drivers. Her team has developed a smartphone-friendly website (Driving to Health) for taxi drivers which is designed to encourage mental health self-help behaviours and increase help-seeking for mental health problems among those who need it. Driver's engagement with the website and its potential for clinical effectiveness is currently being investigated in a feasibility study involving almost 50 Victorian taxi drivers. Driving to Health is funded by the Shepherd Foundation and the Melbourne Networked Society.

    Dr Davidson is a Chief Investigator on two project grants funded by the NHMRC. 'Target-D' is a randomised controlled trial testing the clinical and cost-effectiveness of using a clinical prediction tool to triage primary care patients with depressive symptoms into different levels of treatment. 'Assertive Care' is a randomised controlled trial seeks to reduce cardiovascular risk among people with a severe mental illness.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders. Founding Member 2014 -
  • Australian Association for Academic Primary Care. Member 2013 -
  • Australian Society for Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. Member 2013 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Associate Member 2000 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Driving for Change: An online video game to reduce depression. Awarded by Melbourne Networked Society Institute. 2015 - 2016.

    Men's social connectedness and wellbeing. Awarded by Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. 2014

    Screening for co-morbid affective disorder and substance abuse by general practitioners. Awarded by Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. 2004

    Primary care evidence-based psychological interventions. Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. 2003

    An interdisciplinary approach to recognising and treating depression among older Australians living in residential care. Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. 2003

    Linking the health and leisure sectors: using physical activity in the management of depressed older people. Beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Related Disorders. 2003   

Awards

Education and training

  • PHD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • MA(PSYCH), Swinburne University of Technology 2006
  • Cert Geront, La Trobe University 1997
  • GDBSH, La Trobe University 1994
  • BA, Deakin University 1992

Awards and honors

  • Early Career Fellowship, NH&MRC, 2014
  • Melbourne Travelling Abroad Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2009
  • Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Exceptional Achievement Award, Monash University, 2003

Supervision

Available for supervision

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