Ms Helen Benassi

Ms Helen Benassi

Position: PhD Candidate
School and/or Centres: School of Demography


Phone: 02 6125 9044

Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 2029


<p>Bachelor of Arts/Science Graduate Diploma in Psychology</p>

Prior to beginning her PhD Helen worked in mental health screening, surveillance and unit climate, epidemiology and personnel selection research for the Department of Defence since. Ms Benassi completed a psychology internship with Defence, registering as a psychologist in 2010. Prior to starting her PhD, Helen was responsible for the coordination of strategic mental health research within Defence, working on projects such as the Longitudinal ADF Study Evaluating Resilience, the Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study and the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.

  • Military mental health
  • Stigma and barriers to mental health care
  • Mental health care service utilisation
  • Mental health screening

Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C.E. Fairweather-Schmidt, A.K., Hodson, S.E., Benassi, H.P. & Steele, N.M. (2015). The validity of military screening for mental health problems: Diagnostic accuracy of the PCL, K10 and AUDIT scales in an entire military population. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 16;24(1):32-45. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1460

Steele, N.M., Benassi, H.P., Chesney, C.J., Nicholson, C, & Fogarty, G.J. (2014) Evaluating the Merits of Using Brief Measures of PTSD or General Mental Health Measures in Two-Stage PTSD Screening. Military Medicine, 179(12): 1497-1502, DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00183

Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A.C., Davies, C.E., Searle, A. K., Fairweather-Schmidt,  K., Verhagen, A., Benassi, H., and Hodson, S.E. (2014) The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: Design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology; 5: 10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950.  DOI:  10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950PMCID: PMC4138701

Helen is an investigator on the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme. The Programme examines the mental, physical and social health of current and former ADF members and their families.

Helen is also an investigator on the Longitudinal ADF Study Evaluating Resilience (LASER-Resilience). LASER-Resilience is investigating the psychological and behavioural attributes that contribute to psychological resilience in the ADF by studying new members as they adjust and progress in their military career. The results of this study will inform resilience training programs, such as BattleSMART

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