Researcher biography

Meredith Harris is a researcher in the field of mental health services research and evaluation. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, and is the Deputy Director/Principal Researcher of the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.

Meredith holds qualifications in psychology, policy and applied social research, and public health. She has over 25 years of experience in the management and administration of research projects, including systematic literature reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, studies based on epidemiological survey data, and evaluations of health programs and interventions using observational, quasi-experimental and experimental research designs.

Meredith's research focuses on how the health system can be designed to maximise reduction in the burden of mental and substance use disorders. Her current research interests include:

  • investigating clinical and psychosocial outcomes of mental health treatment services and models;
  • evaluating primary mental health care reforms;
  • understanding population patterns of health service utilisation for mental health problems; and
  • using epidemiological and policy analyses to inform mental health service planning decisions.

Meredith's current role is with the Analysis and Reporting Component of the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN), which leads the design, analysis and reporting of the National Outcomes and Casemix Collection ( In this role, she is leading a range of projects designed to improve the measurement of patient- and service-level outcomes in Australia's specialised public sector mental health services.