Mental Health

Our team are involved in a variety of research projects related to Mental Health

Area lead

Dr Jemimah Ride

Mental illness is a leading cause of ill-health, disability, and premature mortality in Australia and around the world. Almost half of all Australians over 16 years of age will experience a mental illness during their life, with around 1 in 5 experiencing mental health problems each year. These disorders affect the person’s thoughts, emotions, behaviour, relationships, and perceptions. The range of disorders includes depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, addiction, and developmental disorders. As well as the psychological effects, people with mental illness often experience wider issues, in areas such as relationships, employment, and physical health, with lower life expectancy mostly related to preventable physical health problems.

Our team are involved in a variety of research projects that aim to address mental illness across the life course. This includes economic evaluation alongside clinical trials of mental health interventions (such as therapies, system approaches, and medication), investigating routinely collected healthcare data, studies of quality of life, understanding preferences for care, analysing inequalities, and addressing factors outside healthcare that affect mental health.

We collaborate on these projects with researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and people with lived experience of mental illness, including at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash University, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the University of York, and research groups across the University of Melbourne

Related research staff:

Prof. Kim Dalziel, Dr Li Huang, Mr Lachlan Cameron, Ms Rachel O’Loughlin, Mr Patrick Abraham, Mr Paul Amores

Projects listing

CRE in Childhood Adversity and Mental Health
Associated team members: Prof. Kim Dalziel, Dr Jemimah Ride, Dr Cate Bailey, Ms Renee Jones

Understanding Value in Children’s Health
Associated team members: Ms Rachel O’Loughlin, Prof Kim Dalziel, and Prof Nancy Devlin

Factors Leading to Gambling Behaviour, and the Social Impact of Problem Gambling
Associated team members: Mr Lachlan Cameron, Dr Jemimah Ride, Prof. Nancy Devlin

Rebate for an Adolescent Health Assessment Trial
Associated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Prof. Kim Dalziel

Understanding the role of mental health in online gambling choicesAssociated team members: Mr Lachlan Cameron, Dr Jemimah Ride

The Working Out Dads Trial: Determining the effectiveness of WOD to reduce fathers’ mental health difficulties in early parenthood
Associated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Prof. Kim Dalziel

Understanding parent preferences for school-based interventions aimed at supporting children with diabetesAssociated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Mr Lachlan Cameron

Keeping people with mental health problems engaged with primary care during a pandemicAssociated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Mr Lachlan Cameron

Understanding family preferences for accessing mental healthcare for children with chronic physical health problemsAssociated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Prof. Kim Dalziel, Mr Lachlan Cameron, Ms Renee Jones

The Kids are Not Okay: Emergency Department management of acute mental health crises in children and young people
Associated team members: Prof. Kim Dalziel, Dr Jemimah Ride

Mental Health in Primary Schools
Associated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Mr Patrick Abraham, Dr Cate Bailey, Mr Oskar Weimar

Systematic review of outcome measures used in evaluation of schools-based mental health interventions
Associated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride, Mr Oskar Weimar

Bridging the primary to secondary school transition: intervening to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Associated team members: Dr Jemimah Ride

Perinatal Identification, Referral and Integrated Management for Improving Depression: The PIRIMID StudyAssociated team members: Mr Paul Amores, Dr An Tran-Duy

Issues in Inter-generational Transmission of Disadvantage
Associated team members: Mr Paul Amores

QUOKKA – Quality of kids’ lives study
Associated team members: Prof. Kim Dalziel, Ms Rachel O’Loughlin, Ms Renee Jones

Selected Publications


O’LOUGHLIN R, Hiscock H, PAN T, DEVLIN N, DALZIEL K. The relationship between physical and mental health multimorbidity and children’s health-related quality of life. Quality of Life Research. 2022 Jan 29

Giallo R, Seymour M, Fogarty A, Hosking C, Williams LA, Cooklin A, Grobler A, RIDE J, et al. Working out dads (WOD): a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of a group-based peer support intervention for men experiencing mental health difficulties in early fatherhood. BMC Psychiatry. 2022;22(1):111.

JONES R, Hiscock H, Wurzel D, Kao K-T, Freeman J L, & RIDE J. Mental healthcare for children with chronic conditions: a qualitative study. Archives of disease in childhood.2022;107:134-140.


Darling S, Dawson G, Quach J, Smith R,  . . .RIDE J, Oberklaid F. Mental health and wellbeing coordinators in primary schools to support student mental health: protocol for a quasi-experimental cluster study. BMC public health, 21(1), 1467.


RIDE J, HUANG L, Mulraney M, Hiscock H, Coghill D, Sawyer M, et al. Is ‘minimally adequate treatment’ really adequate? Investigating the effect of mental health treatment on quality of life for children with mental health problems. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2020;276:327-34

RIDE J, Kasteridis P, Gutacker N, Aragon Aragon, MJ, Jacobs R. Healthcare costs for people with serious mental illness in England: an analysis of costs across primary care, hospital care, and specialist mental healthcare. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 2020;18:178-188. 

Lister J, Han L, Bellass S, Taylor J, Alderson S, Doran T, Gilbody S, Hewitt C, Holt R, Jacobs R, Kitchen C, Prady S, Radford J, RIDE J, Shiers D, Wang H, Siddiqi N. Improving diabetes outcomes for people with severe mental illness: a longitudinal observational and qualitative study in England. Health Services and Delivery Research. 2020.

Jacobs R, Aylott L, Dare C, Doran T, Gilbody S, Goddard M, Gravelle H, Gutacker N, Kasteridis P, Kendrick T, Mason A, Rice N, RIDE J, Siddiqi N & Williams R. The association between primary care quality and health-care use, costs and outcomes for people with serious mental illness: a retrospective observational study. Health Services and Delivery Research. 2020;8:25.


RIDE J, Kasteridis P, Gutacker N, et al. Impact of family practice continuity of care on unplanned hospital use for people with serious mental illness. Health services research. 2019;54(6):1316-1325.

RIDE J. (2019) Is socioeconomic inequality in postnatal depression an early-life root of disadvantage for children?The European Journal of Health Economics. 2019;20(7):1013-1027.

HUANG L, Hiscock H, DALZIEL K. Parents’ perception of children’s mental health: seeing the signs but not the problems. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2019;104:1102-1104.

Kasteridis P, RIDE J, Gutacker N, et al. Association between antipsychotic polypharmacy and outcomes for people with serious mental illness in England. Psychiatric Services. 2019;70(8):650-656.

Yeo V, Dowsey M, Alguera-Lara V, RIDE J, Lancsar E, Castle D. Antipsychotic choice: understanding shared decision-making among doctors and patients. Journal of Mental Health. 2019;1-8.


RIDE J. Setting the Boundaries for Economic Evaluation: Investigating Time Horizon and Family Effects in the Case of Postnatal Depression. Value in Health. 2018;21(5):573-580.

RIDE J, Kasteridis P, Gutacker N, et al. Do care plans and annual reviews of physical health influence unplanned hospital utilisation for people with serious mental illness? Analysis of linked longitudinal primary and secondary healthcare records in England. BMJ Open. 2018;8(11).

RIDE J and Jacobs R. Clinical engagement with HoNOS. Report for NHS England as part of Healthy London Partnership and London Mental Health Transformation Programme. University of York. 2018

Day E, Copello A, Seddon JL, …, GORANITIS I et al. A pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of an adjunct brief social network intervention in opiate substitution treatment services. BMC Psychiatry. 2018;18(1):8-20.

Peak J, GORANITIS I, Day E, Copello A, Freemantle N, Frew E. Predicting health-related quality of life (EQ-5D-5 L) and capability wellbeing (ICECAP-A) in the context of opiate dependence using routine clinical outcome measures: CORE-OM, LDQ and TOP. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2018;16(1):106-17.


Alguera-Lara V, Dowsey MM, RIDE J, Kinder S, Castle D. Shared decision making in mental health: the importance for current clinical practice. Australasian Psychiatry. 2017;25(6):578-582.

Isaacs AN, Sutton K, DALZIEL K, Maybery D. Outcomes of a care coordinated service model for persons with severe and persistent mental illness: A qualitative study. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 2017;63(1):40-47.

Maybery, D., Goodyear, M., Reupert, A…DALZIEL, K et al. Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trialBMC Psychiatry 17, 198 (2017).

GORANITIS I, Coast J, Day E, Copello A, Freemantle N, Frew E. Maximizing Health or Sufficient Capability in Economic Evaluation? A Methodological Experiment of Treatment for Drug Addiction. Med Decis Making. 2017;37(5):498-511.

Coast J., Mitchell, P., GORANITIS I. Ethics and values in welfarism and extra-welfarism. In: Razzouk D. Mental Health Economics - The Costs and Benefits of Psychiatric Care. Springer International Publishing.


RIDE J, Lorgelly P, Tran T, Wynter K, Rowe H, Fisher J. Preventing postnatal maternal mental health problems using a psychoeducational intervention: the cost-effectiveness of What Were We Thinking. BMJ Open. 2016;6(11).

RIDE J, Lancsar E. Women’s preferences for treatment of perinatal depression and anxiety: a discrete choice experiment. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(6).

GORANITIS I, Coast J, Day E, et al. Measuring Health and Broader Well-Being Benefits in the Context of Opiate Dependence: The Psychometric Performance of the ICECAP-A and the EQ-5D-5L. Value in Health. 2016;19(6):820-828.