Dr Amelia Gulliver

BA, BScPsych (Hons), PhD
Senior Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Mental Health 111714
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Health Promotion 111712

Research interests

  • Help-seeking in young people
  • University student mental health
  • Athlete mental health
  • e-mental health
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Suicide prevention
  • Lived experience research
  • Translation of research into policy and practice


Dr Gulliver is an early career research fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU College of Health & Medicine. Her PhD study investigated mental health and help-seeking in young elite athletes. Dr Gulliver’s research focuses on finding practical solutions to improve mental health in key at-risk population groups.

Dr Gulliver’s primary research interests include lived experience research, mental health and help-seeking in young people, and the development, evaluation, and implementation of mental health and suicide prevention programs. Dr Gulliver’s work for the Translational e-Mental Health Research Unit focuses on how to improve engagement with online mental health programs. She has recently completed the development and trial of an Engagement-Facilitation Intervention that was designed to improve uptake and adherence to a self-guided online program for depression and anxiety.  

Dr Gulliver’s research for ACACIA: The ACT Consumer and Carer Mental Health Research Unit aims to involve people with lived experience of mental health problems as consumers and/or carers in the research process and conduct research relevant to their needs. Recent projects have included a longitudinal study of the COVID-19 lockdown on the mental health of Australians, a pilot trial to evaluate the Music Engagement Program for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, a trial examining the impact of a peer worker-led recovery program in a public mental health service, and a project for Beyond Blue to create a new measure of recovery following a suicide attempt for the Way Back support service. Dr Gulliver is also a CI on a current co-created project to evaluation safe spaces for suicide prevention.

Dr Gulliver is also interested in the improvement of mental health in university students. She completed a project funded by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre in 2016 to develop a virtual mental health clinic designed specifically for tertiary student populations (The Uni Virtual Clinic). The pilot trial evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of the UVC has been completed. Dr Gulliver is also involved in a trial that commenced in 2020, to investigate the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic online program for university student mental health funded by Australian Rotary Health.

Current student projects

Mengyu (Andy) Lyu (PhD, The Australian National University, Primary Supervisor): Adaptation and evaluation of a suicide gatekeeper training program in China: An international perspective.

Isabelle Yujuico (PhD, The Australian National University, Supervisor): Disclosure of Suicidal Ideation

Dianna Smith (PhD, The Australian National University, Supervisor): Recovery Colleges

Jennifer Wheeler (PhD, The Australian National University, Supervisor): Growing beyond trauma – promoting Post Traumatic Growth literacy and outcomes in cohorts exposed to trauma.   

Betina Ferreira (Medical student, The Australian National University, Supervisor): Impacts of COVID-19 on mental health, functioning, and transition to university among first-year students.

Past student projects

Taliah Wysoke (Medical student, The Australian National University, Primary Supervisor): Examining helpseeking in a longitudinal cohort study of mental wellbeing in Australian university students as they transition into university.

Sheryl Liu [Master of Public Health (Advanced), Primary Supervisor, The Australian National University, 2022]: Help-seeking behavior for sexual health concerns among university students in Australia.

Chantelle Jones: (Honours, University of Canberra, Advisor, 2021): Sports Injury in Athletes: Exploring psychological  help seeking and the effect of an online educational intervention (1st Class).

Brendan Loo Gee (PhD, The Australian National University, Supervisor, 2018): The Development and Evaluation of an Ecological Momentary Intervention for Social Anxiety.


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