Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Mental Health and Community Wellbeing

Research Area LeaderCo-Research Area Leader

Associate Professor Andrew McGrath

Associate Professor Andrew McGrath

Dr Rachael Fox

Dr Rachael Fox

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Projects
  • PhD Topics
  • Recent Publications

Overview

This research group investigates mental health and community well-being in rural and regional areas. Current research conducted by this group has a broad focus on services that can promote the functioning and mental health of people in their communities. Specific research project are evaluating team care for people suffering from severe mental illness in rural areas, the interrelation between physical and mental health, effective response to natural disasters in rural areas available, as well as a number of projects that look at conceptualisation and measurement of various psychological conditions and their treatment. A further area of research conducted by this group is the focus on mental health and community wellbeing of children and students in rural areas.  This includes ethical practice at all levels of education, including effective pastoral care.

A specific strength of the research conducted by this group is the focus on the psychological health and wellbeing of rural communities. By rural communities we mean inner and outer regional areas, and inner and outer remote areas of Australia, including regional centres, small towns, villages, and farming areas. People living in regional and remote areas face increasing challenges, including drought and climate change, and CSU, as a large regional University, is ideally situated to investigate and respond to these developing and serious challenges.

Funding for this research has been provided by the Australian Research Council, Criminology Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

Research on mental health and wellbeing issues in a work context is covered by the Workforce Wellness Research Unit.

Members

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Name

School

Location

Philip Birch

A/Prof Philip Birch

Law & Justice

Port Macquarie

Rylee Dionigi 

Prof Rylee Dionigi

Exercise Science, Sport & Health

Port Macquarie

Keith Harris

Dr Keith Harris

Psychology

Port Macquarie

Andrew McGrath

A/Prof Andrew McGrath

Psychology

Bathurst

Ruth Delaforce

Dr Ruth Delaforce

Law & Justice

Bathurst

Rabiul Islam

Dr Mir Rabiul Islam

Psychology

Bathurst

Rachael Fox

Dr Rachael Fox

Psychology

Wagga

Gene Hodgins

A/Prof Gene Hodgins

Psychology

Wagga

 Dr Sarah Hyde

Dr Sarah Hyde

Rural Medicine

Orange

Caroline Roberston 

Caroline Roberston,
Research Fellow

Three Rivers

Orange

Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan 

Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan

Education

Albury

Herbert Jelinek 

A/Prof Herbert Jelinek

Community Health

Albury

Amber McKinley

Dr Amber McKinley

Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security

Canberra

Holly Randell-Moon 

Dr Holly Randell-Moon

Indigenous Australian Studies

Dubbo

Projects

PhD Topics

Student

Topic/Area Research

Supervisor

Miss Catherine Strods

Studies in Human Society

Dr Mir Islam

Miss Leighann Spencer

Criminology

Dr Ruth Delaforce

Miss Louise Sicard

Examining the role of music therapy as a component for treatment: What works for high risk offenders with complex needs.

Dr Philip Birch

Miss Sheree Moore

Educational Psychology

Dr Rachael Fox

Miss Yin Hourigan

Australian Children, Adolescents and Parents' Understanding of Mental Illness and Psychological Interventions

Dr Andrew McGrath

Mr Andrew Williams

Causes and Prevention of Crime

Dr Mir Islam
Dr Philip Birch

Mr Bradley Wright

Police Administration, Procedures and Practice

Dr Amber McKinley

Mr Brett Biles

An Exploration of a Tailored Cardiovascular Exercise and Education Program for Indigenous Australian Men in a Regional Centre

Aspro Herbert Jelinek

Mr Grant Brechney

Effects of Weight Cutting and Weight Recovery on Exercise Performance, Neuromuscular Fatigue and Cognitive Function and the Influence of a Rehydration Treatment in Mixed Martial Arts Athletes

Prof Rylee Dionigi

Mr John David Moy

Policy and Administration

Dr Mir Islam

Mr Michael Lollback

Policy and Administration

Dr Philip Birch

Mr Mitchell Kunnen

Psychological readiness to return to sport after ACL reconstruction in elite and sub-elite rugby league and Australian rules football players

Prof Rylee Dionigi

Mr Nathan Beehag

Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

Dr Andrew McGrath

Mrs Charrissa Chew-Moriarty

Police Administration, Procedures and Practice

Dr Philip Birch

Mrs Christina Farrell

Psychology

Dr Rachael Fox

Mrs Rachael Haynes

When daydreams become harmful: Emerging themes from an Australian Maladaptive Daydream Population

Aspro Gene Hodgins

Mrs Ruth Crawford

Public Nutrition Intervention

Aspro Herbert Jelinek

Mrs Santhi Chigurupati

Motor evoked potential (MEP) from vocal cords to minimise voice loss during Anterior cervical decompression and fusion

Aspro Herbert Jelinek

Ms Ann-Maree Fardell Hartley

The use of social media to communicate suicidality by young people and the implications in rural and remote New South Wales.

Aspro Herbert Jelinek

Ms Caroline Hare

Forensic Psychology

Dr Andrew McGrath

Ms Genevieve d'Ament

Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance

Dr Rachael Fox

Ms Ineke Romeyn

Examining Multiple Victimisation: Re-theorising Child Abuse

Dr Philip Birch

MS Jen Schwarz

Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

Aspro Gene Hodgins

Ms Katrina Andrews

Social and Community Psychology

Aspro Gene Hodgins
Dr Rachael Fox

Ms Michelle Grigg

Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)

Prof Rylee Dionigi

Ms Tammy Orreal

Moral dumbfounding: Does intuition find no reason?

Dr Andrew McGrath

Ms Yvette Eriksen

Ecological evaluation, acceptability and effectiveness of the standard Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) protocol for posttraumatic symptoms with an Aboriginal Australian community: A collaborative mixed methods enquiry.

Aspro Gene Hodgins
Dr Rachael Fox

Publications

2020

  • McKinley, A. (2020). Serial Homicide in Australia, 1900-2015. Australian Institute of Criminology.

2019

  • Birch, P., Vickers, M. H., Galovic, S., & Kennedy, M. (2019). Cultivating wellbeing amongst police officers: Examining challenges in the workplace . In D. Peterson, D. K. Das, & M. De Guzman (Eds.), Urban Security: Challenges for 21st Century Global Cities and policing (Edit International Police Executive Symposium). CRC Press.
  • Kariotis, T. C., & Harris, K. M. (Accepted/In press). Clinician perceptions of My Health Record in mental health care: Medication management and sharing mental health information. Australian Journal of Primary Health. https://doi.org/10.1071/PY17181
  • Hyndman, B., Suesee, B., McMaster, N., Harvey, S., Jefferson-Buchanan, R., Cruickshank, V., ... Pill, S. (Accepted/In press). Physical Education across the international media: A five-year analysis. Sport, Education and Society.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2019). Creative, play-based practice. Early Years Childcarer, 12, 40-41.

2018

  • Dionigi, R. A., & Gard, M. (Eds.) (2018). Sport and physical activity across the lifespan: critical perspectives. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-48562-5
  • Ingham, V., Islam, M., & Hicks, J. (2018). Adaptive flood mobilities in Bangladesh. Mobilities, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2018.1522882
  • Whitsed, R., Horta, A., & Jelinek, H. F. (2018). Assessing representativeness of a rural Australian clinical database using a spatial modelling approach. In H. Eskola , O. Väisänen, J. Viik, & J. Hyttinen (Eds.), EMBEC and NBC 2017 Conference Proceedings (Vol. 65, pp. 932-935). Springer-Verlag London Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5122-7_233
  • Jelinek, H., Spence, I., Cornforth, D., Tarvainen, M. P., & Russell, J. (2018). Depression and cardiac dysautonomia in eating disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders, 23(3), 369-374. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-017-0363-3
  • Lianos, H., & McGrath, A. (2018). Can the General Theory of Crime and General Strain Theory Explain Cyberbullying Perpetration? Crime and Delinquency, 64(5), 674-700. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128717714204
  • McDonald, J., & Fox, R. (2018). Trauma amongst TV news crews: An exploration of role differences and crew solidarity. In M. Leung, & L. Tan (Eds.), Applied Psychology Readings- Selected Papers from Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology, 2017 Singapore: Springer International Publishing.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2018). The science of movement. Early Years Childcarer, (10), 40-41.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2018). Play is the way. Education Matters Primary, October, 50-51.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2018). Individualising play-based skill learning. Early Years Childcarer, 11, 40-41.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2018). Discourses of healthism and self-regulation. Education Matters Secondary, 52.
  • Colvin, E., McFarlane, K., Gerard, A., & McGrath, A. (2018). ‘We Don’t do Measure and Quotes’: How Agency Responses Criminalise and  endanger the Safety of Children Missing in Care in New South Wales, Australia. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 57(2), 231-249. https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12253
  • Gerard, A., McGrath, A., Colvin, E., & McFarlane, K. (2018). ‘I’m not getting out of bed!’ The criminalisation of young people in residential care. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/0004865818778739
  • McFarlane, K., Colvin, E., McGrath, A., & Gerard, A. (2018). ‘Just another policy document?’ Can a protocol end the criminalisation of kids in care? Alternative Law Journal, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X18795498
  • McKinley, A. (2018). Criminal Investigation Failure. Salus Journal, 6(1), 82-84.
  • McKinley, A. (2018). Changes in Sexual Offence Reporting Post Cultural Reform.
  • McKinley, A. (2018). The Impact of Cultural Reform on Reporting Acts of Sexual Violence Internationally.
  • Tulloch, R., & Randell-Moon, H. E. K. (2018). The politics of gamification: Education, neoliberalism and the knowledge economy. Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 40(3), 204-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/10714413.2018.1472484
  • Mehmet, M., Roberts, R., Nayeem, T., Hyde, S., & Burmeister, O. (2018). Equally Well: A Consumer-Centric Implementation Model. In R. Hay (Ed.), International Social Marketing Conference 2018: Broadening Cultural Horizons in Social Marketing (pp. 66-71). Australia: James Cook University.
  • Islam, M., Ingham, V., Hicks, J., & Kelley, E. (2018). From coping to adaptation: Flooding and the role of local knowledge in Bangladesh. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, 531-538. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.12.017
  • McGrath, A., Thompson, A. P., & Goodman-Delahunty, J. (2018). Differentiating predictive validity and practical utility for the Australian Adaptation of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45(6), 820-839. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854818762468
  • Randell-Moon, H. E. K. (2018). The Gigatown Competition in New Zealand: competition as digital infrastructure allocation? Media International Australia, 168(1), 48-61. https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X18783772

2017

  • Birch, P., Vickers, M. H., Kennedy, M., & Galovic, S. (2017). Wellbeing, Occupational Justice and Policing Practice: An ‘affirming environment’. Police Practice and Research: an international journal, 18(1), 26-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2016.1205985
  • Dionigi, R. (2017). Leisure and recreation in the lives of older people. In M. Bernoth, & D. Winkler (Eds.), Healthy ageing and aged care (1 ed., pp. 204-220). Australia and New Zealand: Oxford University Press.
  • Randall, D., Thomas, M., Whiting, D., & McGrath, A. (2017). Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21): Factor structure in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1097/HTR.0000000000000250
  • McKinley, A. (2017). Homicide in Australia. In W. Petherick, & G. Sinnamon (Eds.), The Psychology of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior: Victim and Offender Perspectives (1 ed., pp. 385-418). United States: Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809287-3.00013-4
  • Son, J., & Dionigi, R. A. (Accepted/In press). Part two: Introduction to critical perspectives on physical activity, sport, play, and leisure in later life. Annals of leisure research, 20(3), 251-252. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2017.1312766
  • Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., & Fox, R. (2017). Young people's experiences of negotiating health care services in relation to sexual and gender identities: A community-based approach to service improvement. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 8(1 Summer), 39-52.
  • MacDonald, J., Hodgins, G., & Saliba, A. (2017). Trauma exposure in journalists: A systematic literature review. Fusion Journal, 11, 1-17.
  • Khandoker, A. H., Luthra, V., Abouallaban, Y., Saha, S., Ahmed, K. I., Mostafa, R., ... Jelinek, H. F. (2017). Predicting depressed patients with suicidal ideation from ECG recordings. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 55(5), 793-805. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11517-016-1557-y
  • Khandoker, A. H., Luthra, V., Abouallaban, Y., Saha, S., Ahmed, K. I. U., Mostafa, R., ... Jelinek, H. F. (2017). Suicidal ideation is associated with altered variability of fingertip photo-plethysmogram signal in depressed patients. Frontiers in Physiology, 8(JUL), 1-17. [501]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2017.00501
  • Ireland, J. L., Birch, P., Kolstee, J., & Ritchie, A. (2017). Partner abuse and its association with emotional distress: A study exploring LGBTI relationships. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 54(2017), 107-117. [54]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2017.06.005

2016

  • Craven, R., Atkins, P. W., Kennedy, M., Birch, P., York, C., & Gallagher, P. (2016). From strength to strength: Furthering NSW Police Wellbeing. Institute of Positive Psychology, ACU.
  • Dionigi, R. (2016). The Competitive Older Athlete: A Review of Psychosocial and Sociological Issues. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 32(1), 55-62. https://doi.org/10.1097/TGR.0000000000000091
  • Dionigi, R. A. (2016). Resistance training in later life: Self-efficacy, physical self-worth and sense of community. In Z. T. F. Fields (Ed.), Resistance training: Principles, adaptations and health effects (1 ed., pp. 77-88). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • MacDonald, J., Saliba, A., & Hodgins, G. (2016). Journalists and substance use: A systematic literature review. Substance Abuse, 37(3), 402–411. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2015.1101732
  • Parissi, C., Hyde, S., & Southwell, P. (2016). Report on developing a pathway for indigenous students in a tertiary science degree in rural Australia: A work in progress. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 24(4), 31-43.
  • Skinner, K., Hyde, S., McPherson, K., Crockett, J., O'Connor, S., & Breheny, L. (2016). Exploring the development of reflective thinking in an undergraduate problem based learning healthcare course. 176-176. Poster session presented at 17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions, Perth , Australia.
  • Islam, M., Ingham, V., & Hicks, J. (2016). Flooding in Bangladesh:  An In-Depth Analysis of Community Disaster Resilience Applying the 'Production Model'. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 11(4), 59-74. https://doi.org/10.18848/2329-1621/CGP
  • Islam, M. R., Ingham, V., Hicks, J., Manock, I., Sappey, R., & Dilara, S. (2016). 'Production Model' of community disaster resilience and psycho-social recovery: Application to flooding in rural Bangladesh from economics perspective. Abstract from The Gobeshona Conference for Research on Climate Change in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Jefferson-Buchanan, R. (2016). Exploring the gender-constructed body across time in UK physical education through a feminist framework. In International Society for Engineers and Researchers 43rd International Conference (ISER 2016) (pp. 19-26). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia : International Society for Engineers and Researchers.
  • Khandoker, A. H., Luthra, V., Abouallaban, Y., Saha, S., Ahmed, K. I., Mostafa, R., ... Jelinek, H. F. (2016). Identifying depressed patients with and without suicidal ideation by finger photo-plethysmography. In 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016 (Vol. 2016-October, pp. 1842-1845). [7591078] United States: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591078
  • Jelinek, H., Tarvainen, M. P., Spence, I., & Russell, J. (2016). A 6-weeks treatment program improves HRV in eating disorder patients. Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods, 5(2), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.4172/2168-9784.1000211
  • Thomas, M., McGrath, A., & Skilbeck, C. (2016). Do Missing Domain Scores Compromise the Validity of the Quality of Life Inventory? Brain Impairment, 17(3), 209-221. https://doi.org/10.1017/BrImp.2016.18
  • McKinley, A., MacCulloch, R., & Lark, M. (2016). Temporal Aspects of Child Homicide in Australia. Salus Journal, 4(3), 1-14.
  • McKinley, A., MacCulloch, R., & Lynch, A. (2016). Multi-agency, Trauma-Informed Victim Care for Victims of Sexual Offences within the Australian Defence Force. Australian Defence Force.
  • McKinley, A. (2016). Service Police Investigations of Sexual Offences: Modelling Best Practice. Australian Defence Force.
  • McKinley, A., Ritchie, D., & Burmeister, O. (2016). A Post Publication Review of "Tragedy: Facebook, Aboriginal Peoples and Suicide. Australian Journal of Information Systems, 20, 1-5.

2015

  • Birch, P., Ireland, J. L., Strickland, C., & Kolstee, J. (2015). Examining Problematic Gambling and Mental Health in LGBTI Communities: A Preliminary Study. Medical Research Archives, 3, 1-8. https://doi.org/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18103/mra.v0i3.202
  • Birch, P., Ireland, J. L., Strickland, C., & Kolstee, J. (2015). Examining Gambling and Mental Health in a LGBTI community: Executive summary of findings from a preliminary NSW Study. Sydney: ACON.
  • Horton, S., MacDonald, D. J., Erickson, K., & Dionigi, R. (2015). A qualitative investigation of exercising with MS and the impact on the spousal relationship. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 12(1), 223-230. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-015-0148-5
  • Akhter, R., Bernoth, M., Burmeister, O., Chia, E. V., Dionigi, R., Dresser, G., ... Robergs, R. (2015). Social and community links: Drivers of healthy and active ageing. In Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century (pp. 1-7). East Sussex, United Kingdom: Regional Studies Association.
  • Fryer, D., & Fox, R. (2015). Community psychology: Subjectivity, power, collectivity. In I. Parker (Ed.), Handbook of critical psychology (1st ed., pp. 145-154). United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Ingham, V., Islam, M., Manock, I., Hicks, J., & Sappey, R. (2015). Evidence of Adaptation to Flooding from Three Regions in Bangladesh: A Multidisciplinary Study. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 9(3-4), 11-23.
  • Page, S., & Islam, M. (2015). The role of personality variables in predicting attitudes toward people with intellectual disability: An Australian perspective. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59(8), 741-745. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12180
  • Silva, D. D., Burstein, F., Jelinek, H., & Stranieri, A. (2015). Addressing the Complexities of Big Data Analytics in Healthcare: The Diabetes Screening Case. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19, 99-115.
  • Khandoker, A. H., Luthra, Y., Abouallaban, Y., Saha, S., Ahmed, R., Mostafa, R., ... Jelinek, H. (2015). Reduced Variability in Pulse Wave Velocity in Depressed Patients with Suicidal Ideation. In A. Murray (Ed.), Computing in Cardiology 2015: Volume 42 (Vol. 42, pp. 1061-1064). United States: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/CIC.2015.7411097
  • Liddle, M-J., Bradley, B., & McGrath, A. (2015). Baby empathy: Infant distress and peer prosocial behaviour. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 446-458. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21519/epdf
  • McGrath, A. (2015). Exploring patterns of offending by juvenile offenders in Australia: What is the evidence for a specialist violent offender? Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 1(3), 304-324. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40865-015-0014-1
  • McKinley, A. (2015). Homicide Solvability and Applied Victimology in New South Wales, 1994-2013.