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Sandra Davidson

Dr Sandra Davidson holds concurrent appointments as a post-doctoral research fellow on CREMSI and in the Academic Centre for General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Melbourne. She has a Masters degree in psychology and PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. In 2014 she was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship to further her research on mental health in the primary care setting. Dr Davidson’s work focuses on the diagnosis and management of common mental disorders in primary care and the use of health services by people with mental illness. She is currently analysing data from a longitudinal cohort study of depression in primary care (diamond) to identify predictors of depression course and patterns of health care use. She is also involved in the development of a prognostic tool to identify risk of persistent depression among primary care patients and is a chief investigator and coordinator of a related NHMRC funded project trialling the clinical and cost effectiveness of using the prognostic tool to triage patients into the most appropriate level of care according to their level of risk.