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Maree Hackett

University of Sydney


Maree, Program Head Mental Health, leads a program of research at The George Institute for Global Health focusing on developing simple, cost effective strategies (which can be integrated with other secondary prevention strategies) to prevent depression and significantly improve the outcome for people with cardiovascular disease. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This is in concordance with her current National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (Level 2) and her NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2) which commences in 2018 on Improving the identification and management of depression in people with cardiovascular disease.

Research Interest

Psychological problems in people with physical illness Stroke Cardiovascular disease Depression Quality of life Epilepsy Clinical trials AFFINITY: An Australasian, multi-centre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy of fluoxetine in improving functional recovery after acute stroke FOCUS (UK), EFFECTS (Sweden): sister trials to AFFINITY HeadPoST: Head Position in Stroke Trial (HeadPoST) Completed - Published NEJM ATTEND: Family-Led Rehabilitation after Stroke in India Completed - Published Lancet TEXT-ME: Tobacco, exercise and diet messages trial of a text message-based intervention for ongoing prevention of cardiovascular disease in people with coronary disease Completed - Published JAMA Observational/cohort studies Getting it right:The validation of a culturally-specific measure to identify depression in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or without chronic disease SEISMIC: Sydney Epilepsy Study to Measure Illness Consequences POISE: Psychosocial disability and return to work in younger stroke survivors Cochrane systematic reviews and meta-analyses Treatment for depression after stroke Prevention of depression after stroke Pharmaceutical interventions for emotionalism after stroke Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for stroke recovery

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