Dr Fiona Jayne Charlson

NHMRC Early Career Fellow (Second)

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Fiona Charlson is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow specialised in Global Mental Health. She holds an affiliate position with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington for her ongoing work on the Global Burden of Disease Studies. Dr Charlson's PhD focused on the epidemiology and burden of mental disorders in conflict-affected populations and she now consults internationally on this topic. She received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the University of Queensland and has completed a Masters in International Public Health. Dr Charlson has over 20 years of experience in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Geneva, Africa, South East Asia and the Islands of the South Pacific and maintains several international research partnerships addressing mental health in developing countries.

Research Interests

  • Mental Health


  • Sagar, Rajesh, Dandona, Rakhi, Gururaj, Gopalkrishna, Dhaliwal, R. S., Singh, Aditya, Ferrari, Alize, Dua, Tarun, Ganguli, Atreyi, Varghese, Mathew, Chakma, Joy K., Kumar, G. Anil, Shaji, K. S., Ambekar, Atul, Rangaswamy, Thara, Vijayakumar, Lakshmi, Agarwal, Vivek, Krishnankutty, Rinu P., Bhatia, Rohit, Charlson, Fiona, Chowdhary, Neerja, Erskine, Holly E., Glenn, Scott D., Krish, Varsha, Mantilla Herrera, Ana M., Mutreja, Parul, Odell, Christopher M., Pal, Pramod K., Prakash, Sanjay, Santomauro, Damian ... Dandona, Lalit (2020). The burden of mental disorders across the states of India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2017. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7 (2), 148-161. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30475-4

  • Charlson, Fiona and van Ommeren, Mark (2019). Mental health in conflict settings – Authors' reply. The Lancet, 394 (10216), 2238-2238. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32548-6

  • Plana-Ripoll, Oleguer, Pedersen, Carsten Bøcker, Agerbo, Esben, Holtz, Yan, Erlangsen, Annette, Canudas-Romo, Vladimir, Andersen, Per Kragh, Charlson, Fiona J., Christensen, Maria K., Erskine, Holly E., Ferrari, Alize J., Iburg, Kim Moesgaard, Momen, Natalie, Mortensen, Preben Bo, Nordentoft, Merete, Santomauro, Damian F., Scott, James G., Whiteford, Harvey A., Weye, Nanna, McGrath, John J. and Laursen, Thomas M. (2019). A comprehensive analysis of mortality-related health metrics associated with mental disorders: a nationwide, register-based cohort study. The Lancet, 394 (10211), 1827-1835. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(19)32316-5

View all Publications


  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

View all Supervision


Book Chapter

  • Charlson, Fiona J., Baxter, Amanda J., Dua, Tarun, Degenhardt, Louisa, Whiteford, Harvey A. and Vos, Theo (2016). Excess mortality from mental, neurological and substance use disorders in the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders. (pp. 41-65) edited by Vikram Patel, Dan Chisholm, Tarun Dua, Ramanan Laxminarayan and Maria Elena Medina-Mora. Washington, DC, United States: The World Bank. doi: 10.1596/978-1-4648-0426-7

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision