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The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Epidemiology and Service (CAPES) team at QCMHR leads work related to the mental health of young people aged under 25 years. The flagship project is National Adolescent Mental Health Surveys (NAMHS), funded by The University of Queensland in America (TUQIA) through a gift from Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates. NAMHS aims to address the lack of mental disorder prevalence data in low- and middle- income countries by conducting nationally-representative surveys of adolescents aged 10-17 years in Kenya, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The pilot study in each site has been completed. For the national survey, over 6000 adolescents and their parents/primary caregivers will be interviewed in each country to determine the prevalence of six mental disorders. The survey will also measure a range of risk and protective factors, as well as service access and utilisation. In parallel, a clinical calibration will be conducted to assess the performance of the mental disorder measure across different countries and cultural contexts. NAMHS, led by the CAPES team, is conducted in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University in the US, the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya, Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, and the Institute of Sociology in Vietnam.

Team members
  • Dr Holly Erskine (Team Lead)
  • Dr Sarah Blondell, Senior Research Officer
  • Miss Cartiah McGrath, Research Officer
  • Ms Jamileh Shadid, Research Officer
  • Miss Krystina Wallis, Research Officer
Current Projects
Early Career Fellowship
Completed Projects
Centre of Research Excellence: Driving Global Investment in Adolescent Health

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Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS)

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National Adolescent Mental Health Surveys (NAMHS) in Kenya (K-NAMHS), Indonesia (I-NAMHS), & Vietnam (V-NAMHS)

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