Academic History: Anna is currently enrolled in the PhD program in the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She has a Master of Clinical Psychology from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). To support her PhD, she currently holds a scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council and an Ian Scott Mental Health PhD scholarship from Rotary Health Australia.
Current work and interests: Anna’s PhD research aims to mitigate the impact of the news media on stigmatising attitudes towards people with severe mental illness (including schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder). She aims to achieve this by developing and trialling media reporting guidelines that encourage responsible and balanced reporting of severe mental illness. Anna is also working on an evaluation of the R U OK? Day suicide prevention campaign in her role as a casual research assistant.
Academic aims: After developing media reporting guidelines through her PhD, Anna hopes to further her work to mitigate stigma in her post-doctoral research by implementing and evaluating an intervention based on the guidelines with both journalism students and media organisations.