Dr Miranda Van Hooff

In Speaker by Joshua Hawthorn

Dr Van Hooff (BA (Hons), PhD) is the director of Research at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide and is an expert in conducting large-scale population based longitudinal studies of traumatised and at-risk populations. Since 2009 her research has focused on the prevalence of mental disorder in the Australian Defence Force and emergency service personnel. She is currently the CIA for the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, a comprehensive $3.1M study funded by the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This programme examines the impact of contemporary military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families. In 2010 she was lead investigator on the ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study, the largest and most comprehensive study ever conducted on the prevalence of ICD-10 Mental Disorder in the ADF. This study provided the foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategy and future evaluation of mental health interventions and services within the ADF. In 2014, she was awarded an NHMRC partnership grant with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, examining the resilience, health and wellbeing of firefighters. In 2016 she was awarded a research grant from the Repat Foundation- The Road Home to examine the prevalence of mental disorder and the occupational risk and protective factors in South Australian Ambulance Personnel. Dr Van Hooff has co-authored 41 peer-reviewed journal articles and 17 commissioned reports for the Department of Defence.  She has contributed to 40 conference presentations (16 as first author) both nationally (34) and internationally (7). Dr Van Hooff has been awarded 6 peer reviewed project grants (2 CIA, 3 CIB, 1 CIB) totalling $721K and 7 large research contracts through Department of Defence and Department of Veterans Affairs since 2009 (2 CIA, 5 CIB) totalling $7.5M.