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



  • Associate Professor Meaghan O’Donnell is the Director of Research at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH), and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She has published over 80 peer reviewed articles in the area of posttraumatic mental health. Many of these publications have been in influential journals including JAMA Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. She was elected to the board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (the premier society in the field of traumatic stress studies) in 2010-2013, and reelected for a second term in 2014-2017, and is currently a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies and frequently is invited to conduct peer reviews in leading journals including Journal of Traumatic Stress, British Medical Journal, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and JAMA Psychiatry. She works frequently with commonwealth departments including the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian Department of Defence both in a scientific advisory capacity and as principal investigator in research and evaluation projects. Her major areas of research include early interventions after trauma exposure, phenomenology of traumatic stress responses, and disability after trauma. She has conducted a number of randomised controlled trials testing models of early psychological intervention after trauma, and has expertise in running longitudinal studies of trauma survivors.   


Member of

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


Selected publications



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

  • Y