• Early psychological intervention (PTSD, depression)
  • Traumatic stress (PTSD, injury)



  • Meaghan O'Donnell is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Melbourne. She is also the Director of Research at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne.

    A/Prof O’Donnell leads a program of research around the mental health consequences of injury. This has included a large multi-sited epidemiological study of psychiatric disorder after injury, the development of a screen to identify vulnerability to mental health problems after injury, and the development and testing of a stepped model of mental health intervention following injury. The testing of this model has included the completion of a number of randomised controlled trials that have targeted anxiety, depression and other mental health problems experienced post injury. Other RCTs include an investigation of whether motivational interviewing when added to cognitive behavioural therapy will improve anxiety and depression outcomes for patients with traumatic brain injury.

    A/Prof O’Donnell has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, most of which are related to mental health following injury. Many of these are in top-ranking psychiatric and clinical psychology journals including JAMA (IF: 30.0), American Journal of Psychiatry (IF: 12.76), Biological Psychiatry IF: 8.7), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Science (IF: 5.2) and Psychological Medicine (IF: 5.1). Her H Index is currently 18 and she has a number of publications which have been cited over 150 times. Since 2003 she has been awarded a total of $1,526,762 as CIA in competitively funded grants which includes an NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellowship in 2005. 

    She is on the Board of the International Society of Traumatic Stress studies, the premier international research society for traumatic stress.She contributes in an advisory capacity to the Australian Department of Veterans A   


Member of

  • Australian Psychological Society. Member of the APS 1999 -
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member of ISTSS 1999 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Forbes, D., Lloyd, D., Creamer, M., Couineau, A-L., Nixon, R. & O’Donnell, M. (2012) Examining the effectiveness of the implementation of cognitive processing therapy across the VVCS service system: The next steps in implementation research. $262,550 Applied Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Studdert, D., Grant, G., O’Donnell, ML., (2011) Health Effects of Compensation Systems (HECS). ISCRR $480,000

    O’Donnell, ML., Creamer, M., Perry, D., Windley, C, Morton, D. 2010. The long term outcomes of Veteran and Veteran’s Counselling Service center based counselling. DVA Applied Research Grant $260,000

    O’Donnell, ML., Perry, D., Muir, G., Windley, C. 2010. The effectiveness of the Veteran and Veteran’s families Counseling Service Heart Health Program on improving veteran health. DVA Applied Research Grant $243,680

    Ponsford, J., O’Donnell, ML., Lee, N., 2010. Motivational interviewing with cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression following training brain injury. NHMRC project grant $442,825.

    O’Donnell, M.L., Forbes, D., Creamer, M., Holmes, A., Ellen, S., Bryant, R. (2009) Telephone-administered early psychological intervention for depression and anxiety following serious injury. beyondblue project grant, $300,000

    O’Donnell, M.L., Lewis, V., & Creamer, M. (2007) Towards effectiveness: Piloting a stepped mental health care model of service delivery. NHMRC Equipment Grant. $10,775.

    O’Donnell, M.L., Creamer, M., Bryant, R., Ellen, S., Holmes, A., Kossmann, T., & Judson, R. (2006) Towards effectiveness: Piloting a stepped mental health care model of service delivery. Victorian Trauma Foundation #NV17. $435,398

    O’Donnell, M.L., Creamer, M., Bryant, R., & McFarlane, A. (2006) A comparison of service use and recovery outcomes for compensable and    


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • MPsych, The University of Western Australia 1997
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Western Australia 1994
  • BAppScN, Curtin University of Technology 1988



Available for supervision

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