Eleanor Curran

Eleanor Curran

Study background

I am currently enrolled in the PhD program of the Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne Medical School. I hold an MBBS (Hons), Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) and Masters of Psychological Medicine from Monash University and Fellowship, with a subspecialty Certificate in Psychiatry of Old Age, of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. I practice as a Psychiatrist of Old Age with Melbourne Health (MH) and am a Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.

Current project(s)

My PhD, undertaken part-time, relates to dementia risk reduction interventions in specialist mental health settings. I am investigating the development of effective pathways for both specialist clinicians and people living with mental illness to utilise such interventions, in order to realise the potential of dementia risk reduction for this at-risk group. I am concurrently involved in diverse research projects with the AUPOA and MH, including: a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of using physical activity guidelines for cognitive health in aged mental health services (PAAMHS); an RCT of a psychotherapy intervention for older people living in aged care and experiencing depression (BAN-Dep); and, projects exploring the attitudes and opinions regarding dementia risk reduction of older people living with mental illness (including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds), their carers, and aged care and mental health clinicians.

Academic aims for the future

I am passionate about supporting mental health and wellbeing in later life and hope to contribute to this field throughout my career as a clinician researcher, particularly in the translation of research knowledge into improved clinical practice in mental health settings.

What I hope to contribute to the Mental Health Graduates Circle

I hope that my professional experience and knowledge may be useful for colleagues undertaking research in clinical or applied mental health, particularly in pragmatic study design and in translating outcomes into clinical practice improvements.

What I hope to learn from the Mental Health PhD students

I look forward to learning from the diverse research methodology expertise of other members and to developing a network of colleagues and potential future collaborators.