Dr Meaghan O’Donnell is the Head of Research at Phoenix Australia, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She has published over 120 peer reviewed articles in the area of posttraumatic mental health.
Many of these publications have been in influential journals including JAMA Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. She is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (the premier society in the field of traumatic stress studies). She is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies and frequently is invited to present her research both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of the Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship to foster research collaborations in Germany.She works frequently with the Australian Commonwealth government departments including the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian Department of Defence both in a scientific advisory capacity and as investigator on research and evaluation projects. Her major areas of research include early interventions after trauma exposure, phenomenology of traumatic stress responses, and barriers to recovery. She has conducted a number of randomised controlled trials testing models of early psychological intervention after trauma, and has expertise in running longitudinal studies of trauma survivors.
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A Mixed Methods Investigation Of Healthy Ageing In Older Australian Military Veterans
Exploring Theta Burst Stimulation for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Australian Veteran..
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Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And The Risk Of Neurodegenerative Disease: A Study Of Tau And Beta-Amyloid Accumulation, Brain Structure And Function Several Decades After Injury.
The study aims to better understand the association between traumatic brain injury (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dementia..
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Exploring Theta Burst Stimulation for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Australian Veterans-A Pilot Study.
Jane Nursey, Alyssa Sbisa, Holly Knight, Naomi Ralph, Sean Cowlishaw, David Forbes, Meaghan O'Donnell, Mark Hinton, John Cooper, Malcolm Hopwood, Alexander McFarlane, Sally Herring, Paul Fitzgerald
Journal article | 2020 | Military Medicine
INTRODUCTION: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe and debilitating condition affecting a significant proportion of t..
An Open Label Pilot Study of a Brief Psychosocial Intervention for Disaster and Trauma Survivors
Meaghan Louise O'Donnell, Winnie Lau, Julia Fredrickson, Kari Gibson, Richard Allan Bryant, Jonathan Bisson, Susie Burke, Walter Busuttil, Andrew Coghlan, Mark Creamer, Debbie Gray, Neil Greenberg, Brett McDermott, Alexander C McFarlane, Candice M Monson, Andrea Phelps, Josef I Ruzek, Paula P Schnurr, Janette Ugsang, Patricia Watson, et al.
Journal article | 2020 | Frontiers in Psychiatry
Background: In the aftermath of disaster, a large proportion of people will develop psychosocial difficulties that impair recovery..
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care: A Study of General Practices in England
Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Caleb Stone, Meaghan O'Donnell, Annett Lotzin, David Forbes, Kelsey Hegarty, David Kessler
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be a common issue in primary care in the UK, but there have been no studies of all-cause ..
Using Latent Class Analysis to Support theICD-11Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis in a Sample of Homeless Adults
Renee Armstrong, Lisa Phillips, Nathan Alkemade, Meaghan Louise O'Donnell
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), ratified at the World Health Assembly in May 2019, int..
Prevalence and implications of gambling problems among firefighters
S Cowlishaw, J Little, A Sbisa, AC McFarlane, M Van Hooff, E Lawrence-Wood, M O'Donnell, M Hinton, N Sadler, A Savic, D Forbes, O Metcalf
Journal article | 2020 | Addictive Behaviors
Firefighting is a high-risk occupation that accounts for vulnerability to a range of mental health problems and addictive behaviou..
Factors Associated With Response to Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Jennie Ponsford, Nicole K Lee, Dana Wong, Adam McKay, Kerrie Haines, Marina Downing, Yvette Alway, Christina Furtado, Meaghan L O'Donnell
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
BACKGROUND: Given the high frequency and significance of anxiety and depression following traumatic brain injury (TBI), there is a..
Probability of major depression diagnostic classification based on the SCID, CIDI and MINI diagnostic interviews controlling for Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale - Depression subscale scores: An individual participant data meta-analysis of 73 primary studies
Yin Wu, Brooke Levis, Ying Sun, Ankur Krishnan, Chen He, Kira E Riehm, Danielle B Rice, Marleine Azar, Xin Wei Yan, Dipika Neupane, Parash Mani Bhandari, Mahrukh Imran, Matthew J Chiovitti, Nazanin Saadat, Jill T Boruff, Pim Cuijpers, Simon Gilbody, Dean McMillan, John PA Ioannidis, Lorie A Kloda, et al.
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Psychosomatic Research
OBJECTIVE: Two previous individual participant data meta-analyses (IPDMAs) found that different diagnostic interviews classify dif..
Genomic influences on self-reported childhood maltreatment
Shareefa Dalvie, Adam X Maihofer, Jonathan R Coleman, Bekh Bradley, Gerome Breen, Leslie A Brick, Chia-Yen Chen, Karmel W Choi, Laramie E Duncan, Guia Guffanti, Magali Haas, Supriya Harnal, Israel Liberzon, Nicole R Nugent, Allison C Provost, Kerry J Ressler, Katy Torres, Ananda B Amstadter, S Bryn Austin, Dewleen G Baker, et al.
Journal article | 2020 | Translational Psychiatry
Childhood maltreatment is highly prevalent and serves as a risk factor for mental and physical disorders. Self-reported childhood ..
The association between visa insecurity and mental health, disability and social engagement in refugees living in Australia
Angela Nickerson, Yulisha Byrow, Meaghan O'Donnell, Vicki Mau, Tadgh McMahon, Rosanna Pajak, Susan Li, Amber Hamilton, Savannah Minihan, Candy Liu, Richard A Bryant, David Berle, Belinda J Liddell
Journal article | 2019 | European Journal of Psychotraumatology
Treatment augmentation for posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review
Olivia Metcalf, Caleb Stone, Mark Hinton, Meaghan O'Donnell, Malcolm Hopwood, Alexander McFarlane, David Forbes, Dzenana Kartal, Loretta Watson, Isabella Freijah, Tracey Varker
Journal article | 2019 | Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
International meta-analysis of PTSD genome-wide association studies identifies sex- and ancestry-specific genetic risk loci
Caroline M Nievergelt, Adam X Maihofer, Torsten Klengel, Elizabeth G Atkinson, Chia-Yen Chen, Karmel W Choi, Jonathan R Coleman, Shareefa Dalvie, Laramie E Duncan, Joel Gelernter, Daniel F Levey, Mark W Logue, Renato Polimanti, Allison C Provost, Andrew Ratanatharathorn, Murray B Stein, Katy Torres, Allison E Aiello, Lynn M Almli, Ananda B Amstadter, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Nature Communications
Identifying distinctive psychological symptom profiles among a nationally representative sample of refugees resettled in Australia
Angela Nickerson, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Ben Edwards, Meaghan O'Donnell, Mark Creamer, Kim L Felmingham, David Forbes, Alexander C McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Zachary Steel, Miranda van Hoof, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2019 | Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
OBJECTIVE: The number of refugees worldwide is unprecedented in recent history. Little is known, however, about profiles of psycho..
Differentiating PTSD from anxiety and depression: Lessons from the ICD-11 PTSD diagnostic criteria
Anna C Barbano, Willem F van der Mei, Terri A deRoon-Cassini, Ettie Grauer, Sarah Ryan Lowe, Yutaka J Matsuoka, Meaghan O'Donnell, Miranda Olff, Wei Qi, Andrew Ratanatharathorn, Ulrich Schnyder, Soraya Seedat, Ronald C Kessler, Karestan C Koenen, Arieh Y Shalev, Richard Bryant, Douglas Delahanty, Carel Goslings, Jan Luitse, Hanspeter Moergeli, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Depression and Anxiety
Association of Economic Status and Educational Attainment With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder A Mendelian Randomization Study
Renato Polimanti, Andrew Ratanatharathorn, Adam X Maihofer, Karmel W Choi, Murray B Stein, Rajendra A Morey, Mark W Logue, Caroline M Nievergelt, Dan J Stein, Karestan C Koenen, Joel Gelernter, Caroline M Nievergelt, Adam X Maihofer, Torsten Klengel, Elizabeth G Atkinson, Chia-Yen Chen, Jonathan RI Coleman, Shareefa Dalvie, Laramie E Duncan, Mark W Logue, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | JAMA NETWORK OPEN
Treatment of military-related post-traumatic stress disorder: challenges, innovations, and the way forward
David Forbes, David Pedlar, Amy B Adler, Clare Bennett, Richard Bryant, Walter Busuttil, John Cooper, Mark C Creamer, Nicola T Fear, Neil Greenberg, Alexandra Heber, Mark Hinton, Mal Hopwood, Rakesh Jetly, Ellie Lawrence-Wood, Alexander McFarlane, Olivia Metcalf, Meaghan O'Donnell, Andrea Phelps, J Don Richardson, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY
The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder symptomatology on quality of life: The sentinel experience of anger, hypervigilance and restricted affect
David Forbes, Angela Nickerson, Richard A Bryant, Mark Creamer, Derrick Silove, Alexander C McFarlane, Miranda Van Hooff, Andrea Phelps, Kim L Felmingham, Gin S Malhi, Zachary Steel, Julia Fredrickson, Nathan Alkemade, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2019 | Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Estimating the risk of PTSD in recent trauma survivors: results of the International Consortium to Predict PTSD (ICPP)
Arieh Y Shalev, Martin Gevonden, Andrew Ratanatharathorn, Eugene Laska, Willem F van der Mei, Wei Qi, Sarah Lowe, Betty S Lai, Richard A Bryant, Douglas Delahanty, Yutaka J Matsuoka, Miranda Olff, Ulrich Schnyder, Soraya Seedat, Terri A deRoon-Cassini, Ronald C Kessler, Karestan C Koenen, Yael Errera-Ankri, Anna C Barbano, Sarah Freedman, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | World Psychiatry
Adjustment Disorder: Current Developments and Future Directions
Meaghan L O'Donnell, James A Agathos, Olivia Metcalf, Kari Gibson, Winnie Lau
Journal article | 2019 | International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Despite its high prevalence in clinical and consultant liaison psychiatry populations, adjustment disorder research has traditiona..
A population study of prolonged grief in refugees
RA Bryant, B Edwards, M Creamer, M O'Donnell, D Forbes, KL Felmingham, D Silove, Z Steel, AC McFarlane, M van Hooff, A Nickerson, D Hadzi-Pavlovic
Journal article | 2019 | Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
AIMS: Despite the frequency that refugees suffer bereavement, there is a dearth of research into the prevalence and predictors of ..
Adjustment of refugee children and adolescents in Australia: outcomes from wave three of the Building a New Life in Australia study
Winnie Lau, Derrick Silove, Ben Edwards, David Forbes, Richard Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Zachary Steel, Angela Nickerson, Miranda Van Hooff, Kim Felmingham, Sean Cowlishaw, Nathan Alkemade, Dzenana Kartal, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2018 | BMC Medicine
Treatment Outcomes for Military Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Response Trajectories by Symptom Cluster
Andrea J Phelps, Zachary Steele, Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Nathan Alkemade, Peter Elliott, Meaghan O'Donnell, Suzy Redston, Katelyn Kerr, Alexandra Howard, Jane Nursey, John Cooper, Renee Armstrong, Lea Fitzgerald, David Forbes
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
The effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on refugees' parenting and their children's mental health: a cohort study
Richard A Bryant, Ben Edwards, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes, Kim L Felmingham, Derrick Silove, Zachary Steel, Angela Nickerson, Alexander C McFarlane, Miranda Van Hooff, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic
Journal article | 2018 | The Lancet Public Health
Understanding the Early Support Needs of Survivors of Traumatic Events: The Example of Severe Injury Survivors
Rachel M Brand, Katherine Chisholm, Sonia Terhaag, Winnie Lau, David Forbes, Alex Holmes, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2018 | Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Key patterns and predictors of response to treatment for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder: a growth mixture modelling approach
AJ Phelps, Z Steel, O Metcalf, N Alkemade, K Kerr, M O'Donnell, J Nursey, J Cooper, A Howard, R Armstrong, D Forbes
Journal article | 2018 | Psychological Medicine
A systematic review of person-centered approaches to investigating patterns of trauma exposure
Meaghan L O'Donnell, Ingo Schaefer, Tracey Varker, Dzenana Kartal, David Forbes, Richard AA Bryant, Derrick Silove, Mark Creamer, Alexander McFarlane, Gin Mahli, Kim Felmingham, Miranda Van Hoof, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Angela Nickerson, Zachary Steel
Journal article | 2017 | Clinical Psychology Review
The contribution of gender-based violence and network trauma to gender differences in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Derrick Silove, Jess R Baker, Mohammed Mohsin, Maree Teesson, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes, Natacha Carragher, Tim Slade, Katherine Mills, Richard Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Zachary Steel, Kim Felmingham, Susan Rees
Journal article | 2017 | PLOS ONE
The longitudinal relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder and perceived social support in survivors of traumatic injury
A Nickerson, M Creamer, D Forbes, AC McFarlane, ML O'Donnell, D Silove, Z Steel, K Felmingham, D Hadzi-Pavlovic, RA Bryant
Journal article | 2017 | Psychological Medicine
Prediction of Late-Onset Psychiatric Disorder in Survivors of Severe Injury: Findings of a Latent Transition Analysis
David Forbes, Nathan Alkemade, Angela Nickerson, Richard A Bryant, Mark Creamer, Derrick Silove, Alexander C McFarlane, Miranda Van Hoof, Andrea J Phelps, Susan Rees, Zachary Steele, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2016 | The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Gender Difference in Outcomes Following Trauma-Focused Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Darryl Wade, Tracey Varker, Dzenana Kartal, Sarah Hetrick, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes
Journal article | 2016 | PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA-THEORY RESEARCH PRACTICE AND POLICY
Longitudinal Analysis of Latent Classes of Psychopathology and Patterns of Class Migration in Survivors of Severe Injury
David Forbes, Angela Nickerson, Nathan Alkemade, Richard A Bryant, Mark Creamer, Derrick Silove, Alexander C McFarlane, Miranda Van Hooff, Susan L Fletcher, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2015 | The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Compensation Seeking and Disability After Injury: The Role of Compensation-Related Stress and Mental Health
Meaghan L O'Donnell, Genevieve Grant, Nathan Alkemade, Matthew Spittal, Mark Creamer, Derrick Silove, Alexander McFarlane, Richard A Bryant, David Forbes, David M Studdert
Journal article | 2015 | JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY
A Comparison of the Capacity of DSM-IV and DSM-5 Acute Stress Disorder Definitions to Predict Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Related Disorders
Richard A Bryant, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, Derrick Silove, Alexander C McFarlane, David Forbes
Journal article | 2015 | The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Latent structure of the proposed ICD-11 post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms: implications for the diagnostic algorithm
David Forbes, Emma Lockwood, Mark Creamer, Richard A Bryant, Alexander C McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Angela Nickerson, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2015 | British Journal of Psychiatry
Onset of common mental disorders and suicidal behavior following women's first exposure to gender based violence: a retrospective, population-based study
Susan Rees, Zachary Steel, Mark Creamer, Maree Teesson, Richard Bryant, Alexander C McFarlane, Katherine L Mills, Tim Slade, Natacha Carragher, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes, Derrick Silove
Journal article | 2014 | BMC PSYCHIATRY
The Temporal Relationship Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Problem Alcohol Use Following Traumatic Injury
Angela Nickerson, J Ben Barnes, Mark Creamer, David Forbes, Alexander C McFarlane, Meaghan O'Donnell, Derrick Silove, Zachary Steel, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Impact of the diagnostic changes to post-traumatic stress disorder for DSM-5 and the proposed changes to ICD-11
Meaghan L O'Donnell, Nathan Alkemade, Angela Nickerson, Mark Creamer, Alexander C McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Richard A Bryant, David Forbes
Journal article | 2014 | British Journal of Psychiatry
Trauma at the Hands of Another: Distinguishing PTSD Patterns Following Intimate and Nonintimate Interpersonal and Noninterpersonal Trauma in a Nationally Representative Sample
David Forbes, Emma Lockwood, Andrea Phelps, Darryl Wade, Mark Creamer, Richard A Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Susan Rees, Cath Chapman, Tim Slade, Katherine Mills, Maree Teesson, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Lessons learned about psychosocial responses to disaster and mass trauma: an international perspective
Lennart Reifels, Luca Pietrantoni, Gabriele Prati, Yoshiharu Kim, Dean G Kilpatrick, Grete Dyb, James Halpern, Miranda Olff, Chris R Brewin, Meaghan O'Donnell
Journal article | 2013 | EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTRAUMATOLOGY
Stepped early psychological intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, and depression following serious injury
Meaghan L O'Donnell, Winnie Lau, Susannah Tipping, Alexander CN Holmes, Steven Ellen, Rodney Judson, Tracey Varker, Peter Elliot, Richard A Bryant, Mark C Creamer, David Forbes
Journal article | 2012 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
Guidelines for peer support in high-risk organizations: An international consensus study using the delphi method
Mark C Creamer, Tracey Varker, Jonathan Bisson, Kathy Darte, Neil Greenberg, Winnie Lau, Gill Moreton, Meaghan O'Donnell, Don Richardson, Joe Ruzek, Patricia Watson, David Forbes
Journal article | 2012 | Journal of Traumatic Stress
Trauma at the Hands of Another: Longitudinal Study of Differences in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Profile Following Interpersonal Compared With Noninterpersonal Trauma
David Forbes, Susan Fletcher, Ruth Parslow, Andrea Phelps, Meaghan O'Donnell, Richard A Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Mark Creamer
Journal article | 2012 | Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Psychological First Aid Following Trauma: Implementation and Evaluation Framework for High-Risk Organizations
David Forbes, Virginia Lewis, Tracey Varker, Andrea Phelps, Meaghan O'Donnell, Darryl J Wade, Josef I Ruzek, Patricia Watson, Richard A Bryant, Mark Creamer
Journal article | 2011 | Psychiatry: interpersonal and biological processes
Lifetime Prevalence of Gender-Based Violence in Women and the Relationship With Mental Disorders and Psychosocial Function
Susan Rees, Derrick Silove, Tien Chey, Lorraine Ivancic, Zachary Steel, Mark Creamer, Maree Teesson, Richard Bryant, Alexander C McFarlane, Katherine L Mills, Tim Slade, Natacha Carragher, Meaghan O'Donnell, David Forbes
Journal article | 2011 | JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
A longitudinal analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and their relationship with Fear and Anxious-Misery disorders: Implications for DSM-V
David Forbes, Ruth Parslow, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, Richard Bryant, Alexander McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Arieh Shalev
Journal article | 2010 | Journal of Affective Disorders
The latent structure of the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire.
Robert Brooks, Richard A Bryant, Derrick Silove, Mark Creamer, Meaghan O'Donnell, Alexander C McFarlane, Charles R Marmar
Journal article | 2009 | J Trauma Stress
This paper has been retracted due to a publisher's error: the order of the authors was incorrect. The Editor and Publisher of the ..
A Predictive Screening Index for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Following Traumatic Injury
Meaghan L O'Donnell, Mark C Creamer, Ruth Parslow, Peter Elliott, Alexander CN Holmes, Steven Ellen, Rodney Judson, Alexander C McFarlane, Derrick Silove, Richard A Bryant
Journal article | 2008 | Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
NHMRC Clinical Research Fellowship
Head, Research, Phoenix Australia
Member Of The Aps
Australian Psychological Society
Member Of Istss
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Psychology
The University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Science (honours)
The University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing)
Curtin University of Technology