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Professor Sonja March

Professor Sonja March
Name Sonja March
Position Professor (Psychology)
Section School of Psychology and Counselling
Office B307
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4434
Extension 4434
Email
Qualifications PhD Qld
Homepage https://usq.edu.au/research/health-behavioural-sciences/mental-health
The views expressed on staff homepages may not reflect the views of the University.

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 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Mental Health Services ( 420313 )
  • Health Services And Systems ( 420300 )
  • Clinical And Health Psychology ( 520300 )

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. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042507
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:https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13283

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

Dunn, Jeff and Goodwin, Belinda and Aitken, Joanne F. and March, SonjaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 and Crawford-Williams, Fiona and Ireland, Michael and Ralph, NicholasORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7404-9996 and Zajdlewicz, Leah and Rowe, ArlenORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1880-8513 and Chambers, Suzanne (2021) Are 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). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2044-6055

Goodwin, Belinda C. and Chambers, Suzanne and Aitken, Joanne and Ralph, NicholasORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7404-9996 and March, SonjaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 and Ireland, Michael and Rowe, ArlenORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1880-8513 and Crawford-Williams, Fiona and Zajdlewicz, Leah and Dunn, Jeff (2021) Cancer-related help seeking in cancer survivors living in regional and remote Australia. Psycho-Oncology, 30 (7). pp. 1068-1076. ISSN 1057-9249

Zieschank, Kirsty ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9707-6647 and Day, Jamin and Ireland, Michael J. and March, SonjaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 (2021) Co-design and qualitative validation of animated assessment item content for a child-reported digital distress screener. Internet Interventions, 24:100381. pp. 1-13. ISSN 2214-7829

Vayro, Caitlin and Brownlow, Charlotte and Ireland, Michael and March, SonjaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 (2021) 'Don’t … Break Down on Tuesday Because the Mental Health Services are Only in Town on Thursday': A Qualitative Study of Service Provision Related Barriers to, and Facilitators of Farmers’ Mental Health Help‑Seeking. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 48. pp. 514-527. ISSN 0894-587X

Hashmi, Rubayyat ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5953-0650 and Alam, KhorshedORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2232-0745 and Gow, Jeff and March, SonjaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 (2021) Prevalence of Mental Disorders by Socioeconomic Status in Australia: A Cross-Sectional Epidemiological Study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35 (4). pp. 533-542. ISSN 0890-1171

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

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