Associate Professor Caroline Hunt

Associate Head (Clinical)
Member of the Unniversity's Clinical Training Advisory Committee
Chair, NSW Psychology Council
Director, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

K01 - Mackie Building
The University of Sydney


Website Emotional Resilience in Infancy and Childhood
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Biographical details

Ph.D. (University of New South Wales), 1997

M. Psychol. (Clinical) (Hons. Class 1) (University of New South Wales), 1987

B.Sc. (Psychology) (Hons. Class 2.1) (University of New South Wales), 1984

Research interests

Associate Professor Caroline Hunt has worked in the field of anxiety disorders for over 20 years. She is an author of a leading international reference book on the treatment of adult anxiety disorders, which is now in its second edition, and has been translated into several languages. An early line of research which continues today concerns the epidemiology, comorbidity and help-seeking patterns of adult anxiety disorders. In addition factors relating to delays in help seeking, and barriers and prompts to help-seeking, in individuals with anxiety and depressive disorders have been the focus of recent publications and research. Specifically, these factors have been assessed in individuals attending specialist treatment services, in Chinese-speaking and ethnically diverse communities, in rural and remote settings, and most recently in individual with substance use disorders.

Over the past five years Associate Professor Hunt has initiated research in the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in early to middle adolescence. Recent projects in adolescence include the supervision of doctoral-level research that is examining whether the addition of a peer interpersonal-relatedness intervention will enhance the effects of the Resourceful Adolescent Programme, which has been shown to build resilience and prevent the onset of depression in adolescence. A previous study evaluated the efficacy of RAP in a cultural setting in which has few mental health services and rates of adolescent suicide are high.

Associate Professor Hunt has also conducted significant research in the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders in younger children. Published research includes the findings from a group based intervention for primary-aged children with anxiety disorders who also exhibited comorbid aggression. Current projects include an examination of the development of anxiety following a childhood stressful event, namely a tonsillectomy, and an investigation of the relationship between mother and child cognitive biases, and symptoms of anxiety. Overall, Associate Professor Hunt has developed significant experience and expertise in the conduct of intervention programmes for child and adolescent anxiety, often involving the supervision of post-graduate clinical psychology interns in the delivery of such programmes.

A program of research has been developed with a focus on school bullying, using a clinical psychology perspective:

  • Studies completed or in progress include (1) a randomised controlled trial across six schools that evaluated an educational intervention to change attitudes towards bullying and discourage bullying behaviour, (2) the investigation of specific risk factors of being bullied in a sample of children seeking treatment for an anxiety disorder; (3) a pilot evaluation of a targeted intervention focusing on individual factors on the experience of being bullied in anxious children; (4) the development and evaluation of a internet-based intervention for young adolescents targeting cyber-bullying, and (4) being a co-investigator on a large NH&MRC-funded randomised trial based in schools comparing a targeted and universal whole-school approach.
  • A self-report questionnaire of the experience of school-based bullying has been successfully developed that has shown good evidence of reliability and validity with other self-report and peer nomination assessments of bullying. This new measure offers a significant contribution to the bullying literature in providing a continuous, dimensional measure of the experience of bullying across four distinct domains: verbal-relational bullying, cyber-bullying, physical bullying and bullying based on culture.
  • Two post-graduate clinical students have recently been awarded theses which investigated (1) the role of family variables on bullying involvement, and (2) individual characteristics of children who bully others.
  • Lastly, involvement in bullying is an important outcome indicator in a large ARC-funded project that investigates the factors contributing to psycho-social development in young primary school children. This prospective study has shown that teachers are able to reliably predict, from their identification of externalising behaviours in the first year of school, those children who become involved in bullying, both as perpetrators and victims, 2 years later. The data also suggest two distinct pathways to becoming a bully in the first year of school, based on a child’s level of socio-cognitive understanding as well as their social preference according to peers.

Associations

  • Registered Psychologist, Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Psychology Board of Australia;
  • Founding member, Australian Clinical Psychology Association;
  • Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, 2007
  • Resources for Researchers and Clinicians

    Researchers are welcome to use the Personal Experiences Checklist (PECK, Hunt, Rapee & Peters, 2012) which is a dimensional measure of the experience of being bullied in children aged 8 to 15 years. The questionnaire and scoring instructions can be downloaded here:

    Selected grants

    2015

    • Why some children tend to be bullied or bully others, and strategies for prevention.; Hunt C; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

    2013

    • Reducing peer victimisation in Australian schools through targeted and universal approaches; Rapee R, Hunt C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Mental Health Targeted Call for Research: Prevention of, and Early Intervention in, Mental Illness.

    2008

    • Fitting in and making friends: The psycho-social underpinnings of childrens adaptation to school; de Rosnay M, Zadro L, Hunt C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

    2006

    • University of Sydney - Bridging Support Grant; Hunt C; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

    2004

    • Pilot study of procedures for matching of child characteristics to treatment choice with children; Hunt C; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
    • Being bullied at school and the development of anxiety and depression in childhood and adolescence; Hunt C; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

    2003

    • Evaluating a treatment programme for childhood anxiety disorder with comorbid anger/aggression; Hunt C; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

    2001

    • The effect of an education program on attitudes and beliefsa bout bullying and bullying behaviour in junior secondary students; Hunt C; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

    2000

    • The effectiveness of an early intervention and prevention strategy for anxiety and depressive disorders; Hunt C, Andrews G, Crino R; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

    Selected publications

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    Books

    • Andrews, G., Dean, K., Genderson, M., Hunt, C., Mitchell, P., Sachdev, P., Trollor, J. (2014). Management of Mental Disorders 5th Ed. Sydney, Australia: Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, UNSW at St Vincent's Hospital.
    • Hunt, C., Page, A., Andrews, G., Crino, R., Lampe,, L., Creamer, M. (2003). Trattamento dei disturbi d''ANSIA: Guide per il clinico e manuali per chi soffre del disturbo. Italy: Cambridge University Press.
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Jarry, M. (2002). Management of Mental Disorders. Australia: World Health Organisation - Collaborating Centre for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Creamer, M., Crino, R., Lampe,, L., Page, A. (2002). The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: Clinician Guides and Patient Manuals. United States: Cambridge University Press.

    Journals

    • Logan, S., Steel, Z., Hunt, C. (2014). A systematic review of effective intercultural communication in mental health. Cross-Cultural Communication, 10(5). [More Information]
    • Logan, S., Hunt, C. (2014). Considerations for clinicians when working cross-culturally: A review. Cross-Cultural Communication, 10(5), 12-20. [More Information]
    • Mence, M., Hawes, D., Wedgwood, L., Morgan, S., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., Hunt, C. (2014). Emotional flooding and hostile discipline in the families of toddlers with disruptive behavior problems. Journal Of Family Psychology, 28(1), 12-21. [More Information]
    • Logan, S., Steel, Z., Hunt, C. (2014). Investigating the effect of anxiety, uncertainty and ethnocentrism on willingness to interact in an intercultural communication. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46(1), 39-52. [More Information]
    • Rose, K., Hawes, D., Hunt, C. (2014). Randomized controlled trial of a friendship skills intervention on adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 510-520. [More Information]
    • Ng, A., Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2014). The effect of self-imagery on symptoms and processes in social anxiety: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(8), 620-633. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Hyde, J. (2013). A taxonomy of psychology standards and training, and their relevance for psychiatrists. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(2), 113-116. [More Information]
    • Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2013). From ‘famine to feast’ for theoretical models of GAD: Understanding and Treating the Worried Well. Acparian, 5, 3-6.
    • Godfrey, K., Rhodes, P., Hunt, C. (2013). The Relationship Between Family Mealtime Interactions and Eating Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence: A Systematic Review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34(1), 54-74. [More Information]
    • Choi, I., Zou, J., Titov, N., Dear, B., Li, S., Johnston, L., Andrews, G., Hunt, C. (2012). Culturally attuned internet treatment for depression amongst Chinese Australians: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 459-468. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Peters, L., Rapee, R. (2012). Development of a Measure of the Experience of Being Bullied in Youth. Psychological Assessment, 24(1), 156-165. [More Information]
    • Swinbourne, J., Hunt, C., Abbott, M., Russell, J., St Clare, T., Touyz, S. (2012). The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety disorders: Prevalence in an eating disorder sample and anxiety disorder sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(2), 118-131. [More Information]
    • Green, A., Hunt, C., Stain, H. (2012). The delay between symptom onset and seeking professional treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in a rural Australian sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47(9), 1475-1487. [More Information]
    • Rhodes, P., Nge, C., Wallis, A., Hunt, C. (2011). Learning and living systemic: Exploring the personal effects of family therapy training. Contemporary Family Therapy, 33(4), 335-347. [More Information]
    • Rivet-Duval, E., Heriot, S., Hunt, C. (2011). Preventing adolescent depression in Mauritius: A universal school-based program. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16(2), 86-91. [More Information]
    • Hufton, K., Hunt, C. (2009). Evaluation of an intervention program for anxious adolescent boys who are bullied at school. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 376-382. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Crino, R., Erskine, A., Sakashita, C. (2009). Randomised controlled trial of an early intervention programme for adolescent anxiety disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 300-304.
    • McLeod, C., Heriot, S., Hunt, C. (2008). Changing places: Resilience in children who move. Australian Journal of Education, 52(2), 168-182.
    • Thompson, A., Issakidis, C., Hunt, C. (2008). Delay to Seek Treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders in an Australian Clinical Sample. Behaviour Change, 25(2), 71-84.
    • Ho, T., Li, S., Hunt, C. (2008). Patterns of help-seeking behavior for anxiety disorders among the Chinese speaking Australian community. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(11), 872-877. [More Information]
    • Levy, K., Hunt, C., Heriot, S. (2008). Treating Comorbid Anxiety and Aggression in Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(7), 833-834.
    • Hunt, C., Sharpe, L. (2008). Within-session supervision communication in the training of clinical psychologists. Australian Psychologist, 43(2), 121-126.
    • Rooney, K., Hunt, C., Humphreys, L., Harding, D., Mullen, M., Kearney, J. (2007). Prediction of outcome for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder using constructs from the transtheoretical model of behaviour change. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(7), 590-597.
    • Hunt, C. (2007). The effect of an education program on attitudes and beliefs about bullying and bullying behaviour in junior secondary school students. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12, 21-26.
    • Levy, K., Hunt, C., Heriot, S. (2007). Treating comorbid anxiety and aggression in children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(9), 1111-1118.
    • Rooney, K., Hunt, C., Humphreys, L., Harding, D., Mullen, M., Kearney, J. (2005). A test of the assumptions of the transtheoretical model in a post-traumatic stress disorder population. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 12(2), 97-111. [More Information]
    • Sambuco, M., Brooks, N., Hunt, C., Lah, S. (2005). Predictors of sibling adjustment following a child traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 19(Suppl. 1, point 481), 96-96.
    • Sawrikar, P., Hunt, C. (2005). The relationship between mental health, cultural identity and cultural values in non-English speaking background (NESB) Australian adolescents. Behaviour Change, 22(2), 97-113.
    • Nguy, L., Hunt, C. (2004). Ethnicity And Bullying: A Study Of Australian High School Students. Educational and Child Psychology, 21(4), 78-94.
    • Hunt, C., Slade, T., Andrews, G. (2004). Generalized Anxiety Disorder And Major Depressive Disorder Comorbidity In The National Survey Of Mental Health And Well-Being. Depression and Anxiety, 20(1), 23-31. [More Information]
    • Thompson, A., Hunt, C., Issakidis, C. (2004). Why Wait? Reasons For Delay And Prompts To Seek Help For Mental Health Problems In An Australian Clinical Sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(10), 810-817. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Issakidis, C., Andrews, G. (2002). DSM-IV generalized anxiety disorder in the Australian National Survey of mental health and well-being. Psychological Medicine, 32, 649-659.
    • Hunt, C. (2002). The current status of the diagnostic validity and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 15(2), 157-162.
    • Milton, S., Crino, R., Hunt, C., Prosser, E. (2002). The effect of compliance-improving interventions on the cognitive-behavioural treatment of pathological gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 18(2), 207-230.
    • Hunt, C., Shepherd, L., Andrews, G. (2001). Do doctors know best? Comments on a failed trial. Medical Journal of Australia, 174, 144-146.

    2014

    • Logan, S., Steel, Z., Hunt, C. (2014). A systematic review of effective intercultural communication in mental health. Cross-Cultural Communication, 10(5). [More Information]
    • Logan, S., Hunt, C. (2014). Considerations for clinicians when working cross-culturally: A review. Cross-Cultural Communication, 10(5), 12-20. [More Information]
    • Mence, M., Hawes, D., Wedgwood, L., Morgan, S., Barnett, B., Kohlhoff, J., Hunt, C. (2014). Emotional flooding and hostile discipline in the families of toddlers with disruptive behavior problems. Journal Of Family Psychology, 28(1), 12-21. [More Information]
    • Logan, S., Steel, Z., Hunt, C. (2014). Investigating the effect of anxiety, uncertainty and ethnocentrism on willingness to interact in an intercultural communication. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46(1), 39-52. [More Information]
    • Andrews, G., Dean, K., Genderson, M., Hunt, C., Mitchell, P., Sachdev, P., Trollor, J. (2014). Management of Mental Disorders 5th Ed. Sydney, Australia: Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, UNSW at St Vincent's Hospital.
    • Rose, K., Hawes, D., Hunt, C. (2014). Randomized controlled trial of a friendship skills intervention on adolescent depressive symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(3), 510-520. [More Information]
    • Ng, A., Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2014). The effect of self-imagery on symptoms and processes in social anxiety: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(8), 620-633. [More Information]

    2013

    • Hunt, C., Hyde, J. (2013). A taxonomy of psychology standards and training, and their relevance for psychiatrists. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(2), 113-116. [More Information]
    • Abbott, M., Hunt, C. (2013). From ‘famine to feast’ for theoretical models of GAD: Understanding and Treating the Worried Well. Acparian, 5, 3-6.
    • Godfrey, K., Rhodes, P., Hunt, C. (2013). The Relationship Between Family Mealtime Interactions and Eating Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence: A Systematic Review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 34(1), 54-74. [More Information]

    2012

    • Choi, I., Zou, J., Titov, N., Dear, B., Li, S., Johnston, L., Andrews, G., Hunt, C. (2012). Culturally attuned internet treatment for depression amongst Chinese Australians: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 459-468. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Peters, L., Rapee, R. (2012). Development of a Measure of the Experience of Being Bullied in Youth. Psychological Assessment, 24(1), 156-165. [More Information]
    • Swinbourne, J., Hunt, C., Abbott, M., Russell, J., St Clare, T., Touyz, S. (2012). The comorbidity between eating disorders and anxiety disorders: Prevalence in an eating disorder sample and anxiety disorder sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46(2), 118-131. [More Information]
    • Green, A., Hunt, C., Stain, H. (2012). The delay between symptom onset and seeking professional treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in a rural Australian sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47(9), 1475-1487. [More Information]

    2011

    • Rhodes, P., Nge, C., Wallis, A., Hunt, C. (2011). Learning and living systemic: Exploring the personal effects of family therapy training. Contemporary Family Therapy, 33(4), 335-347. [More Information]
    • Rivet-Duval, E., Heriot, S., Hunt, C. (2011). Preventing adolescent depression in Mauritius: A universal school-based program. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16(2), 86-91. [More Information]

    2009

    • Hufton, K., Hunt, C. (2009). Evaluation of an intervention program for anxious adolescent boys who are bullied at school. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45, 376-382. [More Information]
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Crino, R., Erskine, A., Sakashita, C. (2009). Randomised controlled trial of an early intervention programme for adolescent anxiety disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 300-304.

    2008

    • McLeod, C., Heriot, S., Hunt, C. (2008). Changing places: Resilience in children who move. Australian Journal of Education, 52(2), 168-182.
    • Thompson, A., Issakidis, C., Hunt, C. (2008). Delay to Seek Treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders in an Australian Clinical Sample. Behaviour Change, 25(2), 71-84.
    • Ho, T., Li, S., Hunt, C. (2008). Patterns of help-seeking behavior for anxiety disorders among the Chinese speaking Australian community. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 43(11), 872-877. [More Information]
    • Levy, K., Hunt, C., Heriot, S. (2008). Treating Comorbid Anxiety and Aggression in Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(7), 833-834.
    • Hunt, C., Sharpe, L. (2008). Within-session supervision communication in the training of clinical psychologists. Australian Psychologist, 43(2), 121-126.

    2007

    • Rooney, K., Hunt, C., Humphreys, L., Harding, D., Mullen, M., Kearney, J. (2007). Prediction of outcome for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder using constructs from the transtheoretical model of behaviour change. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41(7), 590-597.
    • Hunt, C. (2007). The effect of an education program on attitudes and beliefs about bullying and bullying behaviour in junior secondary school students. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12, 21-26.
    • Levy, K., Hunt, C., Heriot, S. (2007). Treating comorbid anxiety and aggression in children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(9), 1111-1118.

    2005

    • Rooney, K., Hunt, C., Humphreys, L., Harding, D., Mullen, M., Kearney, J. (2005). A test of the assumptions of the transtheoretical model in a post-traumatic stress disorder population. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 12(2), 97-111. [More Information]
    • Sambuco, M., Brooks, N., Hunt, C., Lah, S. (2005). Predictors of sibling adjustment following a child traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 19(Suppl. 1, point 481), 96-96.
    • Sawrikar, P., Hunt, C. (2005). The relationship between mental health, cultural identity and cultural values in non-English speaking background (NESB) Australian adolescents. Behaviour Change, 22(2), 97-113.

    2004

    • Nguy, L., Hunt, C. (2004). Ethnicity And Bullying: A Study Of Australian High School Students. Educational and Child Psychology, 21(4), 78-94.
    • Hunt, C., Slade, T., Andrews, G. (2004). Generalized Anxiety Disorder And Major Depressive Disorder Comorbidity In The National Survey Of Mental Health And Well-Being. Depression and Anxiety, 20(1), 23-31. [More Information]
    • Thompson, A., Hunt, C., Issakidis, C. (2004). Why Wait? Reasons For Delay And Prompts To Seek Help For Mental Health Problems In An Australian Clinical Sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(10), 810-817. [More Information]

    2003

    • Hunt, C., Page, A., Andrews, G., Crino, R., Lampe,, L., Creamer, M. (2003). Trattamento dei disturbi d''ANSIA: Guide per il clinico e manuali per chi soffre del disturbo. Italy: Cambridge University Press.

    2002

    • Hunt, C., Issakidis, C., Andrews, G. (2002). DSM-IV generalized anxiety disorder in the Australian National Survey of mental health and well-being. Psychological Medicine, 32, 649-659.
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Jarry, M. (2002). Management of Mental Disorders. Australia: World Health Organisation - Collaborating Centre for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.
    • Hunt, C. (2002). The current status of the diagnostic validity and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 15(2), 157-162.
    • Milton, S., Crino, R., Hunt, C., Prosser, E. (2002). The effect of compliance-improving interventions on the cognitive-behavioural treatment of pathological gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 18(2), 207-230.
    • Hunt, C., Andrews, G., Creamer, M., Crino, R., Lampe,, L., Page, A. (2002). The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: Clinician Guides and Patient Manuals. United States: Cambridge University Press.

    2001

    • Hunt, C., Shepherd, L., Andrews, G. (2001). Do doctors know best? Comments on a failed trial. Medical Journal of Australia, 174, 144-146.

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