Understanding the nature, causes and treatments of illness anxiety disorder

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Illness anxiety disorder is a disabling disorder that affects 500,000 Australians each year. Little is known about what causes this disorder, why it develops, or how to treat it effectively. This project seeks to understand the factors that cause and perpetuate Illness Anxiety Disorder, and use this knowledge to develop new, accessible online psychological treatments for patients. This project will lead to better understanding of this debilitating health problem, and improve outcomes for patients, helping to reduce the burden of Illness Anxiety on individuals, their families and communities, and health services.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will have a background in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology or Psychiatry. Some experience in in assessment and treatment of people with anxiety would be an advantage. The candidate should have a strong knowledge of psychological research. The candidate should be motivated, able to work independently and within a team environment with colleagues from multiple disciplines, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They should have an interest in web-based and digital mental health interventions.
Supervisory team
Jill
Newby

Science
Psychology
Michelle
Moulds

Science
Psychology
Aliza
Werner-Seidler

Black Dog Institute
Black Dog Institute
j.newby@unsw.edu.au