Dr. Laura Hart is a post-doctoral research fellow working in the Population Mental Health Group at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Hart has began working in the field with Professor Tony Jorm as a Research Assistant developing guidelines on mental health first aid to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.
She completed her doctoral thesis in Mental Health First Aid for Eating Disorders. After her PhD, she began researching and developing the "teen Mental Health First Aid" course, a new training program for adolescents aged 16-18, about how to help their friends. This evidence-based school training was designed with and for young people with mental health problems and their friends. Dr. Hart was awarded a beyondblue Early Career Researcher grant to evaluate the program in 2013 and an Australian Rotary Health Project Grant to conduct a randomised controlled trial from 2014-2016 in four Victorian Secondary Schools. She has been working closely with Mental Health First Aid Australia to launch the teen MHFA program nationally in 2014. Dr. Hart has also been involved in the national evaluation of the first edition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid program and its update to the second edition in 2012.Since 2012, Dr. Hart has also been completing a three-year postdoctoral research position at La Trobe University working on a program for parents of preschoolers to prevent body dissatisfaction, overweight and disordered eating developing childhood. The "Confident Body, Confident Child" program is being evaluated using a four-arm randomised controlled trial with 350 Victorian parents of children aged 2-6 years.The winner of multiple awards for outstanding research presentations, she is an experienced public speaker, regular presenter national and international scientific conferences, and often invited to facilitate workshops and planning days for NGOs. Dr. Hart's research interests continue to include community-based mental health literacy programs to increase early intervention and prevention of mental illness. Her work also involves youth mental health, research translation, eating disorders and body image, parenting and suicide prevention.
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Development Of Gatekeeper Training To Improve The Capacity Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait..
#Ihaveembraced: a pilot cross-sectional naturalistic evaluation of the documentary film Em..
Confident Body, Confident Child: Outcomes for Children of Parents Receiving a Universal Pa..
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Development Of Gatekeeper Training To Improve The Capacity Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Communities To Prevent Youth Suicide
This project aims to develop and evaluate suicide gatekeeper training courses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and for ..
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#Ihaveembraced: a pilot cross-sectional naturalistic evaluation of the documentary film Embrace and its potential associations with body image in adult women
Zali Yager, Ivanka Prichard, Laura M Hart
Journal article | 2020 | BMC WOMENS HEALTH
BACKGROUND: The aim of this project was to examine the qualitative responses of adult women who had seen the feature-length docume..
Confident Body, Confident Child: Outcomes for Children of Parents Receiving a Universal Parenting Program to Promote Healthful Eating Patterns and Positive Body Image in Their Pre-Schoolers-An Exploratory RCT Extension
Katherine E Hill, Laura M Hart, Susan J Paxton
Journal article | 2020 | INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Objective: A four-arm randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted in Victoria, Australia, previously evaluated parent-report outco..
The association of disordered eating with health-related quality of life in US young adults and effect modification by gender
Laura M Hart, Allegra R Gordon, Vishnudas Sarda, Jerel P Calzo, Kendrin R Sonneville, Mihail Samnaliev, S Bryn Austin
Journal article | 2020 | Quality of Life Research
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship of disordered eating behaviors and eating disorder (ED) diagnosis in young adults with health..
Understanding the Needs of Young People Who Engage in Self-Harm: A Qualitative Investigation
Sarah E Hetrick, Aruni Subasinghe, Kate Anglin, Laura Hart, Amy Morgan, Jo Robinson
Journal article | 2020 | FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Self-harm is common and associated with adverse outcomes. Research about the risk factors for self-harm has informed the field wit..
teen Mental Health First Aid as a school-based intervention for improving peer support of adolescents at risk of suicide: Outcomes from a cluster randomised crossover trial
Laura M Hart, Penny Cropper, Amy J Morgan, Claire M Kelly, Anthony F Jorm
Journal article | 2019 | Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess evidence for a novel, universal mental health literacy programme in the school s..
Effect of community members' willingness to disclose a mental disorder on their psychiatric symptom scores: analysis of data from two randomised controlled trials of mental health first aid training.
AF Jorm, AJ Mackinnon, LM Hart, NJ Reavley, AJ Morgan
Journal article | 2019 | Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
AIMS: The prevalence of common mental disorders has not declined in high-income countries despite substantial increases in service..
Does Mental Health First Aid training improve the mental health of aid recipients? The training for parents of teenagers randomised controlled trial
Amy J Morgan, Julie-Anne A Fischer, Laura M Hart, Claire M Kelly, Betty A Kitchener, Nicola J Reavley, Marie BH Yap, Stefan Cvetkovski, Anthony F Jorm
Journal article | 2019 | BMC PSYCHIATRY
Confident body, confident child: Evaluation of a universal parenting resource promoting healthy body image and eating patterns in early childhood-6-and 12-month outcomes from a randomized controlled trial
Laura M Hart, Stephanie R Damiano, Connie SN Li-Wai-Suen, Susan J Paxton
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Eating Disorders
Helping adolescents to better support their peers with a mental health problem: A cluster-randomised crossover trial of teen Mental Health First Aid
Laura M Hart, Amy J Morgan, Alyssia Rossetto, Claire M Kelly, Andrew Mackinnon, Anthony F Jorm
Journal article | 2018 | AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY
Mapping the evidence for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders in young people.
Alan P Bailey, Alexandra G Parker, Lauren A Colautti, Laura M Hart, Ping Liu, Sarah E Hetrick
Journal article | 2014 | J Eat Disord
ABSTRACT: Eating disorders often develop during adolescence and young adulthood, and are associated with significant psychological..
Development of mental health first aid guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing problems with substance use: a Delphi study
Laura M Hart, Sarah J Bourchier, Anthony F Jorm, Leonard G Kanowski, Anna H Kingston, Donna Stanley, Dan I Lubman
Journal article | 2010 | BMC Psychiatry
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Young Investigator Scholarship for Travel to 2009 International Conference on Eating Disorders
Best Debut Presentaion
Peter Beumont Young Investigator Award
Senior Research Fellow (Population Mental Health)
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Alliance for Prevention of Mental Disorders
Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
University of Melbourne
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Melbourne
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (Hons)
University of Melbourne
BACHELOR OF ARTS
University of Melbourne