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Dr Lana Williams is an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Head of GOS-Mental Health, a large epidemiological study involving a population-based sample of ~3000 men and women and a clinical psychologist (provisional). Dr Williams holds honorary appointments with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and Barwon Health.
Currently supervising four PhD students.
Now recruiting Honours and PhD students, please email expressions of interest.
Dr Williamsí innovative program of research examines medical, lifestyle and social correlates associated with mood, anxiety and personality disorders within an epidemiological context. Cornerstone to this program is her work linking mental disorders and the agents used in the treatment of these disorders to endocrinology endpoints, such as bone density, fracture and body composition. This program of work generates important information that can be used to provide an insight into the interaction between physical and mental health. Also, a wide range of social, psychological and biological factors such as the presence of inflammation and/or oxidative stress are being investigated, which may explain these associations. Her research program is an invaluable resource for collaborative studies, both nationally and internationally and student projects.
Dr Williams has received over $200,000 in award funding, as well as attracted over $1.2 million in project grant funding as a Chief Investigator since 2004.
Dr Williams is an active member of a number of professional organisations, including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR), International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology (IFPE), International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD), International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD) and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS).