Researcher

Professor Kay Wilhelm

My Expertise

Depression - gender differences in depression & coping styles, young doctors, impairment in doctors, psychological and behavioural primary care psychiatry, approaches to depression, smoking & psychiatric illness. Clinical Research, Psychiatry, Health Services Research, Population Health, Diabetes.

Biography

Research Interests:
She has a longstanding interest in depression, especially gender issues and psychosocial risk factors, brief psychotherapy for depression and deliberate self harm, as well as primary care and general hospital psychiatry. She has been observing a cohort of adults over the past 25 years, with an interest in evolving rates of depression and anxiety, coping styles, gender differences and possible genetic factors. She has...view more

Research Interests:
She has a longstanding interest in depression, especially gender issues and psychosocial risk factors, brief psychotherapy for depression and deliberate self harm, as well as primary care and general hospital psychiatry. She has been observing a cohort of adults over the past 25 years, with an interest in evolving rates of depression and anxiety, coping styles, gender differences and possible genetic factors. She has recently published on interactions between serotonin transporter gene, life events and depression onset. She is currently investigating the effects of short term therapies for people in distress, especially following deliberate self harm and in the context of medical illness, including diary writing, emotional regulation. She is evaluating the effects of the program and workshop (see below), in collaboration with Dr Karen Baikie. She has been involved in collaborative studies (with Prof Robyn Richmmond, Dr Alex Wodak from UNSW, Dr Tony Butler from Curtin University) investigating smoking cessation in people with mental illness, with a particular interest in depression.

Broad Research Areas:
Clinical Research, Psychiatry, Health Services Research, Population Health, Diabetes.

Qualifications:
MB BS MD UNSW, FRANZP

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research, International Society of Affective Disorders, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Association

Specific Research Keywords:
Depression Anxiety Psychology, General Hospital Psychiatry, Doctors' Health, Women & Health, Smoking Cessation


My Qualifications

MBBS Hons (UNSW), MD (UNSW), FRANZCP


My Awards

  • Research Fellowship, New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry, 1983-4  
  • Founders’ Medal of the Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research, 2005, for lifelong contribution to psychiatric research
  • Member, Order of Australia, 2006, for services for depression management and education, suicide prevention, doctors’ health and professional education
  • RANZCP 2008 College Citation, in recognition of service to the profession
  • Mental Health Matters Research Award, 2011 as part of UNSW Prison Health Research Team
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Contact

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