Dr Alize Ferrari

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Dr Alize Ferrari leads the Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Research Stream at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research. This stream undertakes a program of work featuring the collection of new epidemiological data for mental disorders, analysis of existing data to quantify the distribution of mental disorders, quantification of the fatal and non-fatal consequences of mental disorders, and the development of methodological frameworks to improve the precision at which we collect and analyse epidemiological data. Dr Ferrari is an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. She is the Team Lead for the Mental Disorders Research Team within the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study. The GBD initiative is led by IHME and quantifies health loss from over 350 causes. She is the Primary Investigator on the Queensland Urban Indigenous Mental Health Survey. This is a population-based mental health survey of adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Southeast Queensland. It will determine the prevalence of mental and substance use disorders, mental health services being accessed, and implications for service reform.

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric epidemiology and burden of disease
    My interests are within the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and burden of disease estimation. I have led programs of work enabling the collection of new epidemiological data for mental disorders within an Indigenous Australian population, analysis of global epidemiological data to understand the distribution of mental disorders across populations, quantification of the fatal and non-fatal consequences of mental disorders, and the development of methodological frameworks to improve the precision at which we collect and analyze epidemiological data.

Publications

  • Ali, Suhailah, Santomauro, Damian, Ferrari, Alize J. and Charlson, Fiona (2022). Excess mortality in severe mental disorders: a systematic review and meta-regression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 149, 97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2022.02.036

  • Castelpietra, Giulio, Knudsen, Ann Kristin Skrindo, Agardh, Emilie E., Armocida, Benedetta, Beghi, Massimiliano, Iburg, Kim Moesgaard, Logroscino, Giancarlo, Ma, Rui, Starace, Fabrizio, Steel, Nicholas, Addolorato, Giovanni, Andrei, Catalina Liliana, Andrei, Tudorel, Ayuso-Mateos, Jose L, Banach, Maciej, Bärnighausen, Till Winfried, Barone-Adesi, Francesco, Bhagavathula, Akshaya Srikanth, Carvalho, Felix, Carvalho, Márcia, Chandan, Joht Singh, Chattu, Vijay Kumar, Couto, Rosa A.S., Cruz-Martins, Natália, Dargan, Paul I., Deuba, Keshab, da Silva, Diana Dias, Fagbamigbe, Adeniyi Francis, Fernandes, Eduarda ... Monasta, Lorenzo (2022). The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990–2019: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, 16 100341, 100341. doi: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100341

  • Wang, Haidong, Paulson, Katherine R, Pease, Spencer A, Watson, Stefanie, Comfort, Haley, Zheng, Peng, Aravkin, Aleksandr Y, Bisignano, Catherine, Barber, Ryan M, Alam, Tahiya, Fuller, John E, May, Erin A, Jones, Darwin Phan, Frisch, Meghan E, Abbafati, Cristiana, Adolph, Christopher, Allorant, Adrien, Amlag, Joanne O, Bang-Jensen, Bree, Bertolacci, Gregory J, Bloom, Sabina S, Carter, Austin, Castro, Emma, Chakrabarti, Suman, Chattopadhyay, Jhilik, Cogen, Rebecca M, Collins, James K, Cooperrider, Kimberly, Dai, Xiaochen ... Murray, Christopher J L (2022). Estimating excess mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic analysis of COVID-19-related mortality, 2020–21. The Lancet, 399 (10334), 1513-1536. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(21)02796-3

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Projects related to the following broad topic areas can be discussed further with those intrested;

    • Estimating the global epidemiology and burden of mental disorder
    • Developing epidemiological modelling and global burden of disease methods for mental disorders
    • Quantifying the burden attributable to mental disorders as risk factors for other health outcomes

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Projects related to the following broad topic areas can be discussed further with those intrested;

    • Estimating the global epidemiology and burden of mental disorder
    • Developing epidemiological modelling and global burden of disease methods for mental disorders
    • Quantifying the burden attributable to mental disorders as risk factors for other health outcomes