PROF Meaghan O'Donnell

PROF Meaghan O'Donnell


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



  • Dr Meaghan O’Donnell is the Director of Research at Phoenix Australia, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She has published over 100 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 is currently immediate past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (the premier society in the field of traumatic stress studies). She is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies and frequently is invited to present her research both nationally and internationally. She works frequently with the Australian Commonwealth government departments including the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian Department of Defence both in a scientific advisory capacity and as principal investigator on research and evaluation projects. Her major areas of research include early interventions after trauma exposure, phenomenology of traumatic stress responses, and barriers to recovery. 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. She has recently been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellowship to foster research collaborations in Germany.   


Member of

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


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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