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Professor Sonja March

Professor Sonja March
Name Sonja March
Position Director (Centre for Health Research) and Professor (Psychology)
Section Centre for Health Research (Operations)
Office B307
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4434
Extension 4434
Qualifications BA(Psych) Qld , BPsych(Hons) Griffith , PhD Qld
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I am a Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling and the Mental health Theme Lead for the USQ Centre for Health Research. I was awarded my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of QLD in 2009 and commenced at The University of Southern Queensland in 2012.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Public Health and Health Services ( 111700 )
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology ( 170106 )
  • Mental Health ( 111714 )
  • Mental Health Services ( 420313 )
  • Health Services And Systems ( 420300 )
  • Clinical And Health Psychology ( 520300 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Health Promotion ( 420603 )
  • Clinical Psychology ( 520302 )

Research interests
My research focuses on how to improve health outcomes by enhancing the efficiency of health systems and optimising individual health behaviours to engage with these health systems. Specifically, my research examines innovative solutions for mental health such as digital assessments, online interventions and eHealth within the context of child and adolescent anxiety, depression and general wellbeing. My research also examines the application of such approaches within vulnerable populations such as regional communities and at-risk cancer populations.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Research most recent
1. Zieschank, K., Day, J., Ireland, M. J., & March, S. (Accepted). Co-design and qualitative validation of animated assessment item content for a child-reported digital distress screener Internet Interventions.
2. Dunn, J., Goodwin, B.C., Aitken, J.F., March, S., Crawford-Williams, F., Ireland, M., Ralph. N., Zajdlewicz,L., Rowe, A., and Chambers, S.K., (2021). Are the National Cancer Control Indicators for Patient Experiences being met in Regional and Remote Australia? A cross-sectional study of Cancer Survivors who Travelled for Treatment. BMJ Open, 11(2), e042507.
3. Goodwin, B.C., Chambers, S.K., Aitken, J.F., Ralph. N., March, S., Ireland, M., Rowe, A., Crawford-Williams, F., Zajdlewicz,L., and Dunn, J (in press). Cancer-related help seeking in cancer survivors living in regional and remote Australia Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.5643

Research most notable
Creswell, C., Nauta, M., Halldorsson, B., Reardon, T., Hudson, J., March, S., & et al. (2020) Recommendations for reporting on treatment trials for child and adolescent anxiety disorders: an international consensus statement. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 62(3), 255-269. doi:

Spence, S., Prosser, S., March, S., & Donovan, C. (2020). Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy with minimal therapist support for anxious children and adolescents: predictors of response. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13257

March, S., Donovan, C. L., Baldwin, S., Ford, M., & Spence, S. H. (2019). Using stepped-care approaches within internet-based interventions for youth anxiety: Three case studies. Internet Interventions. 18 (Article 100281). pp. 1-13.

March, S., Spence, S. H., Donovan, C. L., & Kenardy, J. A. (2018). Large-Scale Dissemination of Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth Anxiety: Feasibility and Acceptability Study. J Med Internet Res, 20(7), e234. doi:10.2196/jmir.9211

Hill, C., Creswell, C., Vigerland, S., Nauta, M. H., March, S., Donovan, C., … Kendall, P. C. (2018). Navigating the development and dissemination of internet cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) for anxiety disorders in children and young people: A consensus statement with recommendations from the #iCBT Lorentz Workshop Group. Internet Interventions, 12, 1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.invent.2018.02.002

March, S., Day, J., Zieschank, K., & Ireland, M. (2018). The Interactive Child Distress Screener: Development and Preliminary Feasibility Testing. Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth. 6(4).

Clough, B. A., March, S., Chan, R., Casey, L., Phillips, R., & Ireland, M. (2017). Psychosocial Interventions for Managing Occupational Stress and Burnout among Medical Doctors: A Systematic Review. BMC Systematic Reviews. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-017-0526-3.

Crawford-Williams, F., March, S., Goodwin, B. C., Ralph, N., Galvão, D. A., Newton, R. U., . . . Dunn, J. (2018). Interventions for prostate cancer survivorship: A systematic review of reviews. Psycho-Oncology, 27(10), 2339-2348. doi:10.1002/pon.4888

Goodwin, B. C., March, S., Zajdlewicz, L., Osborne, R. H., Dunn, J., & Chambers, S. K. (2018). Health literacy and the health status of men with prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 27(10), 2374-2381. doi:10.1002/pon.4834

Ireland, M. J., March, S., Crawford-Williams, F., Cassimatis, M., Aitken, J, Hyde, M., Chambers, S., Sun, J., & Dunn, J. (2017). A systematic review of geographical differences in management and outcomes for colorectal cancer in Australia. BMC Cancer. DOI:10.1186/s12885-017-3067-1.

Spence, S. H., Donovan, C. L., March, S., Kenardy, J., Hearn, C. (2017). Generic versus Disorder Specific Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder in Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Internet Delivery. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 90, 41-57.

Spence, S. H., Donovan, C. L., March, S. Gamble, A., Anderson, R. E., Prosser, S., & Kenardy, J. (2011). A randomized controlled trial of online versus clinic-based CBT for adolescent anxiety. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 6290.

Publications in ePrints

Myers, Larry and Goodwin, Belinda and Ralph, NicholasORCID: and March, SonjaORCID: (2022) A health action process approach for developing invitee endorsed interventions to increase mail-out bowel cancer screening. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1758-0846

Kularatna, Sanjeewa and Hettiarachchi, Ruvini and Senanayake, Sameera and Murphy, Ciara and Donovan, Caroline and March, SonjaORCID: (2022) Cost-effectiveness analysis of paediatric mental health interventions: a systematic review of model-based economic evaluations. BMC Health Services Research, 22:542. pp. 1-17.

Hashmi, Rubayyat ORCID: and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Gow, JeffORCID: and March, SonjaORCID: (2022) Do family and maternal background matter? A multilevel approach to modelling mental health status of Australian youth using longitudinal data. PLoS One, 17 (4):e0267191. pp. 1-14.

Hashmi, Rubayyat ORCID: and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Gow, JeffORCID: and Alam, Khurshid and March, SonjaORCID: (2022) Inequity in psychiatric healthcare use in Australia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0933-7954

Sicouri, Gemma and March, SonjaORCID: and Pellicano, Elizabeth and De Young, Alex C. and Donovan, Caroline L. and Cobham, Vanessa E. and Rowe, ArlenORCID: and Brett, Simon and Russell, Jeremy K. and Uhlman, Laura and Hudson, Jennifer (2022) Mental health symptoms in children and adolescents during COVID-19 in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0004-8674

View full listing in ePrints

Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology ( 170106 )
  • Mental Health ( 111714 )
  • Mental Health Services ( 420313 )
  • Health Services And Systems ( 420300 )
  • Clinical And Health Psychology ( 520300 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Health Promotion ( 420603 )
  • Clinical Psychology ( 520302 )