Dr Melissa Raven

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Melissa Raven is an adjunct lecturer in the Discipline of Public Health. She was previously a research fellow at the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS), a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, and a lecturer at the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). She has also worked as a clinical psychologist and a research officer in community health.

Qualifications

BA(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MMedSci(ClinEpid), GradCertHealthEcon, GradCertPharmacoecon, GradCertTertEd
PhD: 'Depression and antidepressants in Australia and beyond: A critical public health analysis' http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/3686/

Honours, awards and grants
2012 Professor Jim Hagan Memorial Prize (University of Wollongong)
2012 Examiners' Commendation for Outstanding Thesis (PhD) (University of Wollongong)
1999 Jan Lucas Prize in Sociological Theory (Flinders University)
1985 Shell Prize for Third Year Psychology (Flinders University)
Research expertise
Adolescent health
Psychology
Public health and health services
Sociology
Research interests
Psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, psychiatric diagnosis/screening, mental health services, mental health policy, mental health promotion, critical psychiatry, alcohol & other drugs (particularly epidemiology and policy), gambling (particularly epidemiology and policy), addiction, construction of social problems, social determinants of health, primary health care, health policy, evidence based medicine/healthcare, evidence based policy, epidemiology (particularly understanding and communication), screening, research methods, research ethics, sociology/philosophy of science, pharmaceutical industry (particularly pharmaceutical promotion/marketing), pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, conflict of interest (financial and nonfinancial/academic/ideological), critical analysis, citation dissemination, citation misrepresentation, scientific controversies, scientific misconduct/fraud
Supervisory interests
Adolescent health practices
Children's mental health, evaluating
Critical thinking
Depression
Epidemiology of suicide and intentional self-harm
Ethical issues in health care
Gambling
Health policy
Health promotion policy
Health service, public policy, equity and access
Health, national advocacy
Mental health
Mental health policy and practice
Mental health/illness
Non-problematic gambling
Overmedication and the health of older people
Population health
Population health strategies for young people
Primary health care
Primary health care, community-oriented
Problem gambling
Psychiatry
Public health interventions, economic evaluation
Public health screening
Service delivery in primary care mental health
Smoking and mental health
Social and economic determinants of health inequities
Social aspects of health
Social determinants of health (SDH)
Sociocultural health
Young people's health practices and behaviour
Publications
Expert for media contact
Alcohol
Drugs
Gambling
Mental health
Pharmaceuticals
Primary health care
Public health
Suicide
conflict of interest
overdiagnosis
psychiatric diagnosis
psychiatric drugs
screening
youth mental health
Available for contact via
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Gambling
  • Mental health
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Primary health care
  • Public health
  • Suicide
Interests
  • conflict of interest
  • overdiagnosis
  • psychiatric diagnosis
  • psychiatric drugs
  • screening
  • youth mental health

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