- Mental health
- Social Media for Mental Health
- Mobile apps and internet programs for mental health
- School-based mental health programs
- Public Mental Health Initiatives
- Suicide Prevention
Field of Research (FoR)
Dr Bridianne O’Dea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute. She completed her PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Sydney in 2013 after completing an honours degree in e-mental health. Her PhD examined the relationship between social networking sites and emotional wellbeing in early adolescents. Her current research areas include adolescent depression and anxiety, e-health interventions for mental health, and harnessing...view more
Dr Bridianne O’Dea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute. She completed her PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Sydney in 2013 after completing an honours degree in e-mental health. Her PhD examined the relationship between social networking sites and emotional wellbeing in early adolescents. Her current research areas include adolescent depression and anxiety, e-health interventions for mental health, and harnessing social media for suicide prevention. O’Dea has extensive expertise in e-health project management, social media, online service delivery and recently developed expertise in machine learning. Dr O’Dea is interested in improving access to evidence-based care through technology supported through her involvement with the Digital Dog research program. Dr O’Dea has been involved in the development of multiple e-mental health apps and was also responsible for co-leading the investigations into social media and suicide, including the Twitter studies and the Ground Truth Project, and contributing to the collaborations with CSIRO, Amazon Web Services, and PRADA at Deakin University, established by Prof. Christensen. She currently holds an Early Career Fellowship from the Society for Mental Health Research. Dr O’Dea is leading the development of a web-based stepped care mental health service for adolescents and mobile apps for depression prevention.
Selected grants include:
O’Dea B., Larsen ME., Venkatesh S., Phung D., Glozier N. (2019-2021). Using social media data to identify markers of depression risk among individuals: A longitudinal cohort study. NHMRC Project Grant, $352 000.
Smith AB., Girgis A., Butow P., Pearce A., O’Dea B., Delaney G. (2019-2020). Step Forwards: Piloting a stepped care model for fear of cancer recurrence. The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group EMCR Grant Scheme, $49 973.
Delbaere K., Anstey K., Proudfoot J., Callisaya M., O’Dea B. (2018-2021). A novel, technology-based multifaceted program targeting physical, cognitive and mental well-being to reduce falls in older adults. NHMRC Project Grant, $1 420 000.
O’Dea B., (2016-2017). Understanding suicide risk in Twitter: Applying the Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behaviour to a new frontier. Society for Mental Health Research Early Career Fellowship, $100 000.
Christensen H., Skehan J., Harvey S., Hazel G., O’Dea B., Proudfoot J., Tynan, R., Fitzpatrick S., Kay-Lambkin F. (2018-2020) Centre of Research Excellence in the Prevention of Anxiety and Depression – the Prevention Hub. Commonwealth Department of Health Mental Health Early Intervention and Prevention Research Program, $5 000 000.
Tipper J., Stevens K., Knothetate M., O’Dea B., et al. (2018-2021) Frontiers in Technology Clinical Academic Group - Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare, The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE), $400 000.
O’Dea B., King C., Subotic-Kerry M., O’Moore K., Christensen H., (2017-2019) Smooth Sailing: Integrating online mental health service into general practice for youth. Goodman Foundation, $190 000.
O’Dea B., Perry Y., Werner-Seidler A., Kelly E., Batterham P., Calear A., Nickerson A., Newby J. & Mason E. (2015-2016). A mobile phone app targeting relationship problems, depression, and anxiety in adolescents. Brain Sciences UNSW, $12 000.
Christensen H., O’Dea B., Perry, Y., Werner-Seidler A., Anderson J., Friend P., Orman J., Manicavasagar V., Calear AL., & Batterham PJ. (2015-2018) An integrated adolescent mental health clinic. HSBC Philanthropy, $517 071.
- PhD (2013, University of Sydney)
- GradCert EduStud (Higher Education) (2011, University of Sydney)
- BHlthSci (Hons; 1st Class) (2009, University of Sydney)
2018 Black Dog Institute Travel Award, $1000
2018 The Bupa Emerging Health Researcher Award, $5000
2017 Black Dog Institute Travel Award, $3906
2017 theMHS Early Career Research Award - Innovation
2017 The NSW Young Tall Poppy Award
2017 Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention Travel Award, $3500
2017 Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention Best Paper Award, $2500
2016 Black Dog Institute Scientist Knowledge Translation Training Award, $950
2016 Black Dog Institute Travel Award, $4000
2015 Society for Mental Health Research Consumer Researcher Award, $1000
2015 Black Dog Institute Travel Award, $1500
2015 Black Puppy Foundation Best Research Paper Travel Award, $3000
2014 OPTYMISE Centre for Research Excellence Travel Exchange, $6400
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
- ILP students
- PhD students
- Social media isn't increasing mental illness but can help fight it
- Tracking social media to stop suicide
- Donations from ABC Mental As Campaign fund mental health grants
- Digital Technology for Mental Health
- Technology and Mental Health: Developing healthy digital footprints
- Stop blaming social media
- Always being connected isn't necessarily bad for mental health
- Emotional airbag no defence against regret
- When a screen is their world