You are here
Dr Hannah Woolhouse
Dr Hannah Woolhouse is Co-Leader of the Health and Resilience Stream in the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families research group, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Women's Hospital (RWH). Hannah is a registered Psychologist with over 15 years research experience in longitudinal and intervention research focusing on maternal mental health. She completed a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2011, including undertaking one of the first international evaluations of a mindfulness-based intervention for eating disorders.
Hannah is a Chief Investigator on the Maternal Health Study, and has published extensively on women's mental health, intimate partner abuse and sexual health after childbirth. She is currently leading the team undertaking 10-year follow-up interviews with mothers and children in the cohort.
As an Honorary Research Fellow at the RWH, she has extended her interest in mindfulness to undertake a pilot study of an antenatal mindfulness intervention to reduce depression and anxiety.
Hannah's research interests include: women's mental health, help-seeking behaviours, sexual health, and the experience of intimate partner violence. She is particularly interested in mindfulness interventions as a treatment for mental health problems, including eating disorders, and perinatal depression and anxiety.
Through her long-term involvement as a researcher and now a Chief Investigator with the Maternal Health Study, Hannah has developed a passion for the health and well-being of women after childbirth. Hannah is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, and is passionate about the translational potential of research, and the importance of supporting the uptake of findings into clinical practice and policy.
Through the use of translational approaches to knowledge exchange, Hannah aims to make substantive improvements to the way maternal mental health is managed in primary care, ultimately leading to improved mental health outcomes for women and their families.
- Maternal Health Study: a prospective pregnancy cohort study investigating the health of over 1500 first time mothers
- MindBabyBody pilot randomised trial of a mindfulness-based group intervention in pregnancy
Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Mensah F, Brown S. Maternal depression from early pregnancy to four years postpartum in a prospective pregnancy cohort study: implications for primary health care. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2014; DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12837
Brown S, Woolhouse H. Maternal Depression: Translating evidence from the Maternal Health Study to inform policy and practice. Maternal Health Study Policy Brief #1. 2014
Woolhouse H, McDonald E, Brown S. Changes to sexual and intimate relationships in the postnatal period: the role of health professionals. Australian Journal of Primary Health 2013; DOI: 10.1071/PY13001
Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Perlen S, Donath S, Brown S. Physical health after childbirth and maternal depression in the first 12 months postpartum: results of an Australian nulliparous pregnancy cohort study. Midwifery 2013; 30(3):378-384
Woolhouse H, Knowles A, Crafti N. Adding mindfulness to CBT programs for binge eating: A mixed-methods evaluation. Eating Disorders 2012;20(4): 321–339
Woolhouse W, Gartland D, Hegarty K, Donath S, Brown S. Depressive symptoms and intimate partner violence in the 12 months after childbirth: a prospective pregnancy cohort study. BJOG: An international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology2012;119(3):315-323
Woolhouse H, McDonald E, Brown S. Sexual Health and Intimacy after Childbirth: The impact of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting on sexual health and intimacy (RANZCOG co-publication). Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families Research Group; 2012
Woolhouse H, Brown S, Krastev A, Perlen S, Gunn J. Seeking help for anxiety and depression after childbirth: results of the Maternal Health Study. Archives of Women's Mental Health 2009; 12(2):75-83
Woolhouse H, Small R, Miller K, Brown SJ. Frequency of “Time for Self” Is a Significant Predictor of Postnatal Depressive Symptoms: Results from a Prospective Pregnancy Cohort Study. Birth. 2015 (online pub ahead of print - DOI: 10.1111/birt.12210)
Brown SJ, Gartland D, Woolhouse H, Giallo R. Maternal Health Study Policy Brief No. 2: Health consequences of family violence. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, 2015.