Dr Amelia Searle

Dr Amelia Searle
 Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow
 Org Unit Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies
 Email amelia.searle@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1704
 Location Floor/Room 2 ,  122 Frome Street ,   Adelaide CBD
  • Qualifications

    B.Psych (Hons) (Flinders)

    PhD (Adelaide)

  • Awards & Achievements

    2011    Dean of Graduate Studies letter of commendation for PhD thesis

    2008    Poster presentation short-listed as ‘highly commended’ at the Postgraduate Research Expo

    2005    Awarded a University Medal for outstanding academic performance leading to the award of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

    2004    Flinders University Chancellor’s letter of commendation

    2003    Flinders University Chancellor’s letter of commendation

  • Teaching Interests

    I supervise various students at the Honours, Masters and PhD level in various topics around child development, mental health and wellbeing, resilience, military mental health, and risk and protective factors for mental disorder.

    I would be happy to discuss potential research projects with any interested students, in the broad areas of child development, mental health and wellbeing, and mental disorder.

     

    Additionally, I have given several lectures within the School of Psychology on the topic of risk and protective factors for child development.

  • Research Interests

    Predictors of mental health and disorder across the lifespan

    Early childhood development

    Adversity, trauma and resilience

    Childhood predictors of adult psychological disorder

     

  • Research Funding

    Project grants:

    2014     A detailed investigation of psychological disorder and symptoms among contemporary female Australian Defence Force members. Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., Searle, A., Neuhaus, S., Hodson, S., & McFarlane, A. 

    2013    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Australian Defence Force (ADF) Members Deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO): The impact of deployment, combat and other lifetime traumas. Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., & Searle, A.

    2012    BeyondBlue project grant: How much does cumulative sleep loss across a school term affect depression and anxiety in adolescent males? Blunden, S., Olds, T, Banks, S., & Searle, A.

     

    Consultancies:

    2014     Department of Defence tender: Detailed analysis of the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP) data. Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Searle, A., Lawrence-Wood, E.

    2011    Government tender: HousingSA workload study. Dawson, D., Searle, A., & Buchanan, J.  

     

    Travel grants:

    2013    Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) travel grant

    2009    Australasian Human Development (AHDA) conference scholarship

    2008    Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) travel grant

     

    Scholarships:

    2006    Australian Rotary Health Funding Partners PhD scholarship

     

  • Publications

    Published journal articles:

    Sawyer, A. C. P., Miller-Lewis, L. R., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., & Lynch, J. W. (accepted). Trajectories of self-control during early childhood: Do they influence children’s mental health problems at age 6 years? Developmental Psychology.

    Chittleborough, C. R., Searle, A. K., Smithers, L. G., Brinkman, S. A., & Lynch, J. W. (accepted) How well can AEDI vulnerability be predicted from early life characteristics? A whole-of-population data linkage study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

    Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, M. G., Searle, A. K., Baghurst, P. A., & Hedley, D. (Accepted). Processes influencing mental health resilience in preschool children: The impact of relationships with parents and teachers. Early Education and Development.

    Smithers, L. G., Searle, A. K., Chittleborough, C. R., Scheil, W., Brinkman, S., & Lynch, J. W. (2015). A whole-of-population study of term and post-term gestational age at birth and children’s development. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.13324

    Keage, H. A. D., Muniz, G., Kurylowicz, L., Van Hooff, M., Clark, L., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M., Baghurst, P., & McFarlane, A. (online ahead of print). Age seven intelligence and paternal education appear best predictors of educational attainment: The Port Pirie Cohort Study. Australian Journal of Psychology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajpy.12083

    Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., & Steele, N. (2015). The validity of military screening for mental health problems: Diagnostic accuracy of the PCL, K10 and AUDIT in an entire military population. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 24(1), 32-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mpr.1460

    Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, A. C. P., Searle, A. K., Mittinty, M. N., Sawyer, M. G., & Lynch, J. W. (2014). Student-teacher relationship trajectories and mental health problems in young children. BMC Psychology, 2: 27. http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/s40359-014-0027-2.pdf

    Searle, A. K., Baghurst, P. A., Van Hooff, M., Sawyer, M., Sim, M., Galletly, C., Clark, L., & McFarlane, A. C. (2014). Tracing the long-term legacy of childhood lead exposure: A review of three decades of the Port Pirie Cohort study. Neurotoxicology, 43, 46-56. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2014.04.004

    Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Searle, A. K., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Verhagen, A., Benassi, H., & Hodson, S. The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: Design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 5, 23950. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950

    Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, A. C. P., Searle, A. K., & Sawyer, M. G. (2014) Child and family predictors of child-teacher relationship trajectories during the transition from preschool to school. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 4(3), 235-243.
    http://www.ijiet.org/show-46-449-1.html

    Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Miller-Lewis, L. R., & Baghurst, P. A. (2014). Associations between children’s mental health and classroom engagement across the transition to school, and the role of gender. Elementary School Journal, 114 (3), 380 - 405. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/674421

    Dawson, D., Searle, A. K., & Paterson, J. L. (2014). Look before you (s)leep: Evaluating the use of fatigue detection technologies within a fatigue risk management system for the road transport industry. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 18, 141-152. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2013.03.003

    Searle, A. K., Miller-Lewis, L. R., Sawyer, M. G., & Baghurst, P. A. (2013). Predictors of children’s kindergarten classroom engagement: Preschool adult-child relationships, self-concept, and hyperactivity/inattention. Early Education and Development, 24 (8), 1112-1136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2013.764223

    McFarlane, A. C., Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., Baghurst, P. A., Sawyer, M. G., Galletly, C., Sim, M. R., & Clark, L. S. (2013). Associations between childhood lead exposure and adult mental health problems. Neurotoxicology, 39, 11-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2013.08.003

    Miller-Lewis, L. R., Searle, A. K., Sawyer, M. G., Baghurst, P. A., & Hedley, D. (2013) Predictors of mental health resilience in early childhood: A multi-methods analysis. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 7(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1753-2000-7-6

    Giesen, F., Searle, A., & Sawyer, M. (2007). Identifying and implementing prevention programmes for childhood mental health problems. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43 (12), 785-789.

    Carbone, J. A., Sawyer, M. G., Searle, A. K., & Robinson, P. J. (2007). The health-related quality of life of children and adolescents in home-based foster care. Quality of Life Research, 16 (7), 1157-1166.

    Sawyer, M. G., Carbone, J. A., Searle, A. K., & Robinson, P. (2007). The mental health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in home-based foster care. Medical Journal of Australia, 186 (4), 181-184.

     

    Published abstracts:

    Blunden, S., Clarkson, L., Drew, B., Banks, S., Searle, A., & Olds, T. (2015). Sleep and mood in adolescents across an entire school term: is sleep/wake variability important? Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 13 (suppl 1), A73.

    Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., Grace, B., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Associations between pre-deployment and deployment-specific factors and inflammatory markers among ADF members. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23(4), 13-14.

    Searle, A., Saccone, E., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., Grace, B., & McFarlane, A. (2015). The prevalence and predictors of mental disorder amongst Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23(4), 61.

    Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Searle, A., Hodson, S., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Psychological impacts of military service among Australian Defence Force females. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23(4), 62-63

    Searle, A., Lawrence-Wood, E., Van Hooff, M., & McFarlane, A. (2015). Longitudinal predictors of ‘better than expected’ post-deployment mental health among Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 23(1), 65.

    Blunden, S., Clarkson, L., Drew, B., Banks, S., Searle, A., & Olds, T. (2014). Does sleep loss accumulate over an entire school term? Objective data in adolescent boys. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 12 (suppl 1), A211.

    Searle, A., Fairweather-Schmidt, A. K., Saccone, E., Van Hooff, M., Tran, T., Hedges, L., Lorimer, M., & McFarlane, A. (2013) Detailed associations between operational deployment and mental disorder in the Australian Defence Force. Journal of Military and Veteran’s Health, 21(4), 21-22.

    Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2013). The diagnostic accuracy of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-C) in the context of military psychological screening. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4 (S1), 17.

    Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Verhagen, A., & Steele, N. (2012). Identifying psychological disorder in the Australian Defence Force: The diagnostic validity of three screening scales. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 20(4), 75-76.

     

    Published reports:

    Searle, A., Di Milia, L., & Dawson, D. (2011). An investigation of risk takers at railway level crossings. Brisbane: CRC for Rail Innovation. Report no. R2.114.

    Giesen, F., Searle, A., & Sawyer, M. (2006). Prevention of Mental Health Problems among Children Aged 10 to 14 years. Report for Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Australian Government: Canberra.

     

     

     

  • Professional Associations

    Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR)

    Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)

    Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA)

    Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)

    Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

    The Flinders University chapter of the Golden Key International Honours Society

     

     

     

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