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Name: Claire Adams

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Position: Postdoctoral Fellow


Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Dr Claire Adams completed her BA(Hons) in Psychology at Edith Cowan University (2010), followed by a Master of Clinical Psychology (2014) and a PhD in Health and Clinical Psychology (2022). 


In addition to her graduate training, Claire has worked in the fields of psychology and public health as a research assistant at The University of Western Australia (2015-2020) and a research associate at Edith Cowan University (2021-2022). Claire has also taught psychology courses as part of the undergraduate and honours programs at Edith Cowan University (2015-2021) and is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Claire’s main areas of expertise include mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention, health behaviour change, healthy ageing, and patient-centered care.


Claire started working with the SPIN team in March 2022 and will lead the SPIN Patient Engagement Project under the supervision of Prof. Brett Thombs, which aims to develop a systematic and effective model of patient engagement in SPIN. 

Academic Recognitions and Awards:

Best Student Rapid Communication Presentation. Australian Psychological Society (APS) National Health Psychology Conference, 2021. ($200 AUD)


Emerging Psychologists' Programme Participant. International Congress of Psychology 2020+. The top 40 emerging scholars in psychology are chosen with a competitive, international selection procedure to participate in the exclusive programme designed to facilitate international communication and networking among future leaders, 2020-2021.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Runner-up. Edith Cowan University, 2019. ($1000 AUD)


Golden Key International Honour Society Lifelong Member. Awarded to the top 15% of university scholars in recognition of their tertiary academic excellence, 2010.

Travel Award:

 Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Student Bursary. November 2019. ($1200 AUD to attend the AAG National Conference in Sydney as a student delegate, representing the Western Australian division of the AAG).

Research Funding:

Government of Western Australia Project Grant

Enhancing mental health and social care services for older adults during periods of long-term social isolation. Department of Health Western Australia Competitive Research Grant. (2020-2021; $65,000 AUD). Role: Co-Investigator. 


Doctoral Funding:

Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Australian Government. (2019-2021; $28,420 per year).



Gringart, E., Adams, C., & Woodward, F. (2022). Older adults’ perspectives on voluntary assisted death: An in-depth qualitative investigation in Australia. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.


Carnemolla, P., Taylor, P., Gringart, E., & Adams, C. (2021). Indicators of job quality in the Australian aged care workforce: A scoping review. Australasian Journal on Ageing.


Simon, P. D., Adams, C., Choon Wee Goh, M., Farhana Suhaimi, A., & Hassem, T. (2021). Experiences and challenges in mental health research and practice during COVID-19: Perspectives from emerging psychologists across 5 countries. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 61, 102813.


Adams, C., Gringart, E., Strobel, N., & Masterman, P. (2021). Help-seeking for mental health problems among older adults with chronic disease: an application of the theory of planned behaviour. Australian Journal of Psychology, 73(4), 426-437.


Edmond, K. M., Strobel, N. A., Adams, C., & McAullay, D. (2019). Effect of early childhood development interventions implemented by primary care providers commencing in the neonatal period to improve cognitive outcomes in children aged 0-23 months: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 8(1), 224–232.


Marriott, R., Strobel, N. A., Kendall, S., Bowen, A., Eades, AM., Landes, J. K., Adams, C., & Reibel, T. (2019). Cultural security in the perinatal period for Indigenous women in urban areas: a scoping review. Women and Birth, 32(5), 412–426.


Phan, T., Carter, O., Adams, C., Waterer, G., Chung, L., Hawkins, M., Rudd, C., Ziman, M., & Strobel, N. A. (2016). Discriminant validity of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Beck Depression Inventory (II) and Beck Anxiety Inventory to confirmed clinical diagnosis of depression and anxiety in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 13(3), 220–228.



Conference Presentations

Adams, C., Gringart, E., & Strobel, N. (2021, November). Development and Preliminary Testing of a Theory-Based Intervention to Promote Mental Health Help-Seeking in Primary Healthcare among Older Adults with Chronic Illnesses. Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Health Psychologists National Conference, Melbourne, Australia (virtual conference).


Adams, C., Gringart, E., & Strobel, N. (2021, July). Intentions to seek mental health support among older adults with chronic disease. International Congress of Psychology 2020+, Prague, Czech Republic (virtual conference).


Adams, C., Gringart, E., & Strobel, N. (2020, October). Intentions to seek mental health support services in older adulthood. Australasian Human Development Association 2020 Conference, Brisbane, Australia (virtual conference).


Invited Presentations

Adams, C., Gringart, E., & Strobel, N. (2021, May). Intentions to seek mental health support among older adults with chronic disease. Centre for Research in Aged Care Research Seminar Series, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. 


Adams, C. (2018, November). Why I choose to participate in health research: perspectives from a Generation 2 Raine Study Cohort Member. Raine Study Annual Scientific Meeting. The University Club of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 


Strobel, N. & Adams, C. (2014). The role of support groups and ConnectGroups in ameliorating psychological distress. ConnectGroups, Perth, Australia.

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