Dr. Miranda Van Hooff


Dr Van Hooff (BA (Hons), PhD) is the Director of Research at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide. She has extensive research expertise, conducting largescale epidemiological studies of trauma-exposed populations using both quantitative and qualitative research design. Her early research career focussed on the long-term mental health outcomes of childhood exposure to trauma and adversity; her PhD examining the impact of childhood exposure to a Natural Disaster on adult mental health. More recently, her research has focussed on the mental health of Australian military and emergency service personnel. From 2015-2019 Dr Van Hooff was Chief Investigator of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, Australia’s most comprehensive study examining the impact of contemporary military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. In 2010-2014, she was lead investigator on the ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study, the first study in Australia to establish the prevalence of ICD-10 Mental Disorder in the entire Regular ADF population. These studies have been strong drivers of change in DVA and Defence service provision, highlighting Dr Van Hooff’s success in the translation of epidemiological research into policy and practice. In 2014, she was awarded an NHMRC partnership grant with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, examining the resilience, health and wellbeing of firefighters. Dr Van Hooff collaborates with numerous Commonwealth and state-based organisations including DVA, the Department of Defence, the SA Metropolitan Fire Service, The Road Home, The Royal Society for the Blind and Assistance Dogs Australia. She has a keen interest in the development and evaluation of potential new and innovative adjunct treatments for PTSD and other mental health conditions including art therapy, interpersonal skills training, and PTSD Assistance Dogs. Dr Van Hooff has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 commissioned reports for the Department of Defence and Veterans Affairs and has contributed to a multitude of conference presentations and workshops both nationally and internationally.