DR Susie Fletcher

DR Susie Fletcher

Positions

  • Posttraumatic mental health
  • Predicting mental health problems (Stepped care, appropriate antidepressant use, novel interventions)
  • Risk prediction (Future mental health problems)
  • Structure of psychopathology (Phenomenology, transdiagnostic assessment and treatment)

Overview

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  • Dr Susie Fletcher is the Deputy Lead of the Integrated Mental Health Research Program at the Department of General Practice. Susie joined the Department in 2015, prior to which she spent over seven years at Phoenix Australia – the National Centre for Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health. She has over 50 peer-reviewed and knowledge translation publications, and over $5.8m in research income. Susie's primary interest is in improving the identification and management of mental health conditions in the general community. To this end, her work seeks to improve the prediction of disorder onset and treatment response, and to develop and test novel interventions and models of care in order to address unmet mental health need. She is an investigator on a large Department of Health-funded trial, working closely with Primary Health Network Lead Sites to test a new, systematic approach to stepped mental health care in general practice. She also serves on the Expert Advisory Group for the Department of Health’s National Assessment, Triage, and Referral Project. Susie has made significant contributions to mental health practice through her role in the development of national treatment guidelines for post-traumatic stress disorder, and guides to the assessment and treatment of common mental health problems in primary care.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • North American Primary Care Research Group. Member 2016 -
  • Society for Mental Health Research. Member 2016 -
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 2014 -
  • Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Member 2008 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • 1. 2018 – 2019. Barr C, Fletcher S. Who is talking, who is listening, and who is hearing? Optimising hearing help-seeking pathways starting in the General Practitioner’s office. Peter Howson Clinical Research Fellowship. $100,000. 2. 2017 – 2020. Pirkis J, Gunn J, Harris M, Mihalopoulos C, Burgess P, Palmer V, Spittal M, Bassilos B, Fletcher S, Cameron J. Primary Health Network mental health reform lead site project evaluation. Australian Government Department of Health. $5,449,961. 3. 2016-2018. Gunn S, Fletcher S, Otjes C, Hoyer D. The STOP study: Sensible Timely Options for reducing inappropriate antidepressant use in general practice. Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd (TGL) / Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Research Grant. $19,787. 4. 2016. Fletcher S. Focussed conversations as a model for building links between the University and recently formed Primary Health Networks. Melbourne Engagement Grants (Building Engagement Capacity). $9,962.    

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • PGDip(Psych), Bond University 2005
  • BAPPSC(Psych), Deakin University 2004

Awards and honors

  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2014

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I have supervised 2 Honours (collaborative care for depression and explaining antidepressants to patients) and 2 Medical Degree Research Project students (management of sub-threshold depression and perceptions of online therapy). I currently supervise 1 PhD student who is exploring motivational interviewing as a patient-centred intervention for multimorbidity. I have also supervised a GP academic registrar who investigated general practice patients' use of apps to manage depression. My students have presented their work at national conferences and submitted papers to high impact journals. Their projects have involved conducting interviews with general practice patients and members of the community, and/or examining existing data.