Emily Hielscher

Institution: University of Queensland, Australia.

Supervisory team: Associate Professor James Scott, Dr Melissa Connell.

Position: PhD Candidate.

Current research: I am interested in improving identification of implicit and explicit warning signs of self-harm in young people. My PhD, in particular, investigates the association between psychotic-like experiences and self-harm in young people, and the mechanisms underlying the relationship.

Research interests:

  • Self-harm and suicide attempts in young people
  • Epidemiology of self-harm and suicide attempts
  • Psychotic-like experiences
  • Body image and unusual body experiences
  • Carers of people with mental illness

Recent Publications:

  • Hielscher, E., Whitford, T. J., Scott, J. G., & Zopf, R. (2019). When the body is the target – Representations of one’s own body and bodily sensations in self-harm: A systematic review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 101, 85–112.
  • Hielscher, E., DeVylder, J. E., Saha, S., Connell, M., & Scott, J. G. (2017). Why are psychotic experiences associated with self-injurious thoughts and behaviours? A systematic review and critical appraisal of potential confounding and mediating factors. Psychological Medicine, 48, 1–20.
  • Hielscher, E., Connell, M., Lawrence, D., Zubrick, S., Hafekost, J., & Scott, J. G. (2019). Association between psychotic experiences and non-accidental self-injury: Results from a nationally representative survey of adolescents. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 54(3), 321–330.
  • Hielscher, E., Connell, M., Lawrence, D., Zubrick, S., Hafekost, J., & Scott, J. G. (2018). Prevalence and correlates of psychotic experiences in a nationally representative sample of Australian adolescents. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52, 768 –781.
  • Hielscher,E., Diminic, S., Kealton, J., Harris, M., Lee, Y. Y., & Whiteford, H. (2018). Hours of care and caring tasks performed by Australian carers with mental illness: Results from an online survey. Community Mental Health Journal, 55, 279–295.

Can help with: Surviving and thriving in an NGO as a researcher, collecting and analysing youth mental health and suicidality data, tips and tricks for balancing tutoring with PhD work.

What’s essential to your well-being? Outside of work: wine tastings, running, Harry Potter, knitting. In work: coffee breaks, colourful stationery, mental health days.

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