Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry

Research Fellow
Public Health, School of Public Health

T: 93519060

Biographical details

Research interests

Jen is a member of the following research teams:

Mental Health

Jen's research interests lie in health policy and services, particularly in the areas of mental health and adverse events. Previous work has focused on the social and policy context of reproductive technologies. Recent work has primarily focused on mental health including work on: the development of the concept of recovery from its origins as a social movement to its implementation in mental health policy and services the role of WHO in the development of domestic mental health policy the use of targets, indicators and evaluation as a tool in mental health services and policy population mental health strategies the ethics of mental health and 'safety' .

Current national competitive grants*


Using patient experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice
Walton M, Iedema R, Manias E, Kelly P, Smith-Merry J
National Health and Medical Research Council / Project Grants ($587,541 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

International links

Belgium. (Universite Catholique Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve;) Collaborate on a large European funded project KnowandPol examining knowledge for policy across eight different European nations. Other nations included in the project are the Scotland, Norway, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Romania.
United Kingdom. (University of Edinburgh) Research Collaboration. Working with Dr Steve Sturdy and Dr Richard Freeman on knowledge in policy making..
Vietnam. (Viet Duc and Bach Mai Hospitals) Research collaboration.