Fields of Research (FoR)Public Health and Health Services, Epidemiology, Mental Health
Michelle is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Her research is primarily in public health approaches to suicide prevention, with an specific interest in youth suicide prevention and understanding how early onset risk factors affect long term outcomes. Her current roles include being the Deputy Director for the evaluation of a large-scale systems approach suicide prevention trial...view more
Michelle is a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. Her research is primarily in public health approaches to suicide prevention, with an specific interest in youth suicide prevention and understanding how early onset risk factors affect long term outcomes. Her current roles include being the Deputy Director for the evaluation of a large-scale systems approach suicide prevention trial ('LifeSpan') - which is the largest suicide prevention trial ever undertaken in Australia. She is also the principle investigator of the design and testing of an app for reducing suicidal thinking among young people, and is working with the NSW Department of Education to embed early childhood universal prevention programs for well being into primary schools. She has worked in academic research settings at UNSW for over 16 years (2005 to 2015: at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; 2015 - present:Black Dog Institute) and had a leadership role of a number of epidemiological and clinical studies in both addiction and suicidology. She has a strong publication track record (>80 papers; H-index: 17), and has been named on more than $24 million of funding since 2016, despite being awarded her PhD in September 2015. Her supervisory experience to date includes 4 PhD candidates (ongoing) and over 10 ILP students. She has a strong focus on the development of students and emerging researchers, and runs a training and development group at Black Dog Institute and leads the capacity building work within the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention.
- Shand, F., Larsen, M., Tye, M. Rapid review of aftercare. Sax Institute. Value $25,000.
- Torok, M. Cyberbullying and suicide prevention. Black Dog Foundation. Value: $75,000
- CIs: O’Dea, B., Larsen, M., MacKinnon, A., Glozier, N. AIs: Werner-Seidler, A., Torok, M. Using social media data to identify markers of depression risk among individuals: A longitudinal cohort study (APP1165233). NHMRC Project Grant. Value: $324,452.40
- Torok, M. The Good Behaviour Game. IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program. Value: $27,456.
- Cockayne, N., Eliff, K., Torok, M., Christensen, H. Development of an app for managing suicide risk in youth. SVA Diversified Impact Fund. Value: $165,400.
- Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention: CRESP II. National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence (APP1152952). Chief Investigators: Christensen, H., Venkatesh, S., Boydell, K., Shand, F., Harvey, S., Batterham, P., Calear, A., Carter, G., Larsen, M., Robinson, J. Associate Investigators: Teesson, M., O'Dea, B., Shaw, F., Cutler, H., Huckvale, K., Torok, M., Boonstra, T., Ooie, J., Proudfoot, J., Li, A., Epps, J. Value: $2.46M
- Torok, M., Cockayne, N. Anika Foundation Scholarship for PhD in Suicide Prevention. $105,000. Anika Foundation.
- Torok, M. National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (APP1138710): A developmental approach to suicide prevention and related harm among Australian youth. Value: $327,952.00.
- Chief Investigators: Christensen, H., Venkatesh, S., Werner-Seidler, A., Calear, A., Mackinnon, A., Hudson, J., Oei, J-L., Larsen, M., Batterham, P. Associate Investigators: Torok, M., Patton, G., Ratcliffe, J., Shaw, F., Simpson, S., Skinner, S., Steinbeck, K., Teesson, M. A RCT of depression prevention in adolescents: The Future Proofing trial (APP1138405), NHMRC Project Grant (Category 1), Value: $2.18M
- Torok, M. Society for Mental Health Research Early Career Scholar project grant for Exploring early pathways to mental illness and related harms. An implementation, feasibility, and acceptability study, Value; $20,000.
- Torok, M. Black Dog Institute Seed Funding for Exploring early pathways to mental illness and related harms. An implementation, feasibility, and acceptability study, Value; $20,000
- Christensen, H., Torok, M., Shand, F., Cockayne, Batterham, Calear. Paul Ramsay Foundation for the systems approach to suicide prevention (philanthropic grant). Value: $14.76m.
- Christensen, H., Torok, M., Shand, F., Cockayne, N. Department of Health tender for the provision of a supporting resource for primary health networks on evidence-based suicide prevention strategies (Health/060/1516), Value: $98,000.00.
PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine: Awarded September 2015, without emendation, UNSW
Masters of Social Science (Criminology): 2011, Charles Sturt University
Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology), Honours: 2004, UNSW
- Tye, M. Early Career Research Award – Innovation. The Mental Health Services Awards.
- Tye, M. NSW Young Tall Poppy. Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
- Tye, M. Academic Women in Leadership Program (AWIL), UNSW.
- Digital Dog team. 2017 UNSW Innovation of the Year Award - Black Dog Institute's Digital Dog, UNSW.
- Torok, M. Black Dog Institute Travel Award to attend the International Association for Suicide Prevention Annual meeting, Tokyo, Japan: $3,500.00
- Torok, M. Best poster presentation (runner up) at the Brain Sciences Symposium, Sydney: $250.00
- Torok, M. Introductory Analysis of Linked Data (PUBH5215) Course, University of Sydney.
- CRESP Research Group. Research Focus Award 2015 awarded to the NHMRC Centre of Research Exellence in Suicide Prevention for influential and enduring contribution to the evidence base for suicide prevention, The Mental Health Services (TheMHS).
- CRESP Research Group. LiFE Award for Excellence in Research for the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, Suicide Prevention Australia.
- Torok, M. Recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s List Award for Outstanding Research, UNSW.
- Torok, M. UNSW Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Research Travel Scheme to present at the Society for Prevention Research 21st Annual Meeting, $2, 500.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
3 PhD candidates - joint supervisor
1 PhD candidate - secondary supervisor
2 ILP students