Dr Alyssa Milton

BSc MAppSc PhD
Post Doctoral Researcher
Psychologist

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Biographical details

Dr Alyssa Milton is a psychologist and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre. Alyssa has worked for over a decade across academic and senior management roles in the mental health sector in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Before commencing at the Brain and Mind Centre, Alyssa was a Principal Research Associate / Senior Research Clinician for University College London (Division of Psychiatry) where she advised on and implemented a number of interventions for the NHS Mental Health Crisis Teams and Early Intervention Services. While at UCL, Alyssa acted as a specialist advisor in the area of illness self management on the UK Guidelines for Schizophrenia for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg178/evidence).
Alyssa current research at University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and adults through the development, implementation and evaluation of face to face and digital interventions.

Research interests

Alyssa’s research has focused on the social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems. This includes projects such as: supporting people to develop self-management skills the promote recovery and prevent relapse after using mental health services through peer support facilitation; understanding the processes involved in the early conversations pertaining to a mental health diagnosis; and, employment programs including social enterprise, social firms and individual placement and support programs for people with a lived experience of mental ill health.

Currently at University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre, Alyssa is co-developing both face to face and digital child, youth and adult mental health and wellbeing programs using participatory design methodologies and service evaluation. She also has experience in large-scale CATI and online national and international survey-based research on health, mental health and wellbeing.

Associations

APHRA registered psychologist

Honorary Research Associate (University of Sydney School of Psychology)

Awards and honours

2015 School of Psychology PhD Postgraduate Publication Prize
2013-2016 Australian Postgraduate Award
2013 European Health Psychology Society Conference Scholarship
2013 European Health Psychology Society Presentation Prize
2011 James Kentley Memorial Scholarship
2011 Edmond Barton University Medal Nominee
2010 Rotary international travelling fellowship for youth mental health

In the media

Peer facilitated self management research:

  • https://www.medpagetoday.com/psychiatry/generalpsychiatry/74386
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-peer-acute-psychiatric-readmissions.html
  • https://www.healio.com/psychiatry/practice-management/news/online/%7bfd76b197-628a-416a-b5ec-0260c5868550%7d/self-management-intervention-cuts-mental-health-care-readmissions-after-crises
  • https://www.nationalelfservice.net/treatment/self-management-treatment-and-prevention/after-the-crisis-self-management-and-peer-support/

International online health and wellbeing survey research:

  • https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/owen-sharp/what-a-healthy-man-looks-like-in-the-21st-century_a_21595837/

International links

United Kingdom

(University College London) Collaborated on the Crisis resolution team Optimisation and Relapse prevention (CORE) project led by Professor Sonia Johnson in the Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. The CORE project focused on the development and testing of a peer-delivered self-management intervention to bridge the gap between crisis and continuing care.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B., MacCann, C., Hunt, C. (2018). An evaluation of communication barriers and facilitators at the time of a mental health diagnosis: a survey of health professional practices. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 27, 357-368. [More Information]
  • Ospina Pinillos, L., Davenport, T., Ricci, C., Milton, A., Scott, E., Hickie, I. (2018). Developing a Mental Health eClinic to Improve Access to and Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People: Using Participatory Design as Research Methodologies. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Lamb, D., Marston, L., Osborn, D., Mason, O., Henderson, C., Ambler, G., Milton, A., Davidson, M., Christoforou, M., et al (2018). Peer-supported self-management for people discharged from a mental health crisis team: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 392(10145), 409-418. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Ellis, L., Davenport, T., Burns, J., Hickie, I. (2017). Comparison of Self-Reported Telephone Interviewing and Web-Based Survey Responses: Findings From the Second Australian Young and Well National Survey. JMIR Mental Health, 4(3), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Lloyd-Evans, B., Fullarton, K., Morant, N., Paterson, B., Hindle, D., Kelly, K., Mason, O., Lambert, M., Johnson, S. (2017). Development of a peer-supported, self-management intervention for people following mental health crisis ISRCTN01027104 ISRCTN. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Mason, O., Osborn, D., Milton, A., Henderson, C., Marston, L., Ambler, G., Hunter, R., Pilling, S., Morant, N., et al (2017). Randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a peer-delivered self-management intervention to prevent relapse in crisis resolution team users: study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(10), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2017). Views and experience of communication when receiving a serious mental health diagnosis: satisfaction levels, communication preferences, and acceptability of the SPIKES protocol. Journal of Mental Health, 26(5), 395-404. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B., Hunt, C. (2016). Information giving challenges and support strategies at the time of a mental health diagnosis: qualitative views from Australian health professionals. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(5), 735-746. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2015). A Qualitative Exploration of Service Users' Information Needs and Preferences When Receiving a Serious Mental Health Diagnosis. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 459-466. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2014). Communication of a mental health diagnosis: a systematic synthesis and narrative review. Journal of Mental Health, 23(5), 261-270. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2014). Diagnosis telling in people with psychosis. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27(4), 302-307. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2012). An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior - A Randomized Controlled Food Safety Pilot Intervention for Young Adults. Health Psychology, 31(2), 250-259. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2010). Consumer food safety education for the domestic environment: a systematic review. British Food Journal, 112(9), 1003-1022. [More Information]

2018

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B., MacCann, C., Hunt, C. (2018). An evaluation of communication barriers and facilitators at the time of a mental health diagnosis: a survey of health professional practices. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 27, 357-368. [More Information]
  • Ospina Pinillos, L., Davenport, T., Ricci, C., Milton, A., Scott, E., Hickie, I. (2018). Developing a Mental Health eClinic to Improve Access to and Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People: Using Participatory Design as Research Methodologies. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Lamb, D., Marston, L., Osborn, D., Mason, O., Henderson, C., Ambler, G., Milton, A., Davidson, M., Christoforou, M., et al (2018). Peer-supported self-management for people discharged from a mental health crisis team: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 392(10145), 409-418. [More Information]

2017

  • Milton, A., Ellis, L., Davenport, T., Burns, J., Hickie, I. (2017). Comparison of Self-Reported Telephone Interviewing and Web-Based Survey Responses: Findings From the Second Australian Young and Well National Survey. JMIR Mental Health, 4(3), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Lloyd-Evans, B., Fullarton, K., Morant, N., Paterson, B., Hindle, D., Kelly, K., Mason, O., Lambert, M., Johnson, S. (2017). Development of a peer-supported, self-management intervention for people following mental health crisis ISRCTN01027104 ISRCTN. BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Johnson, S., Mason, O., Osborn, D., Milton, A., Henderson, C., Marston, L., Ambler, G., Hunter, R., Pilling, S., Morant, N., et al (2017). Randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a peer-delivered self-management intervention to prevent relapse in crisis resolution team users: study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(10), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2017). Views and experience of communication when receiving a serious mental health diagnosis: satisfaction levels, communication preferences, and acceptability of the SPIKES protocol. Journal of Mental Health, 26(5), 395-404. [More Information]

2016

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B., Hunt, C. (2016). Information giving challenges and support strategies at the time of a mental health diagnosis: qualitative views from Australian health professionals. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51(5), 735-746. [More Information]

2015

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2015). A Qualitative Exploration of Service Users' Information Needs and Preferences When Receiving a Serious Mental Health Diagnosis. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 459-466. [More Information]

2014

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2014). Communication of a mental health diagnosis: a systematic synthesis and narrative review. Journal of Mental Health, 23(5), 261-270. [More Information]
  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2014). Diagnosis telling in people with psychosis. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27(4), 302-307. [More Information]

2012

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2012). An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior - A Randomized Controlled Food Safety Pilot Intervention for Young Adults. Health Psychology, 31(2), 250-259. [More Information]

2010

  • Milton, A., Mullan, B. (2010). Consumer food safety education for the domestic environment: a systematic review. British Food Journal, 112(9), 1003-1022. [More Information]

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