Marisa Schlichthorst is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has a multi-disciplinary background with qualifications in social and behavioural sciences and research experience across a wide range of fields, including mental health, male health and health services research. Currently, Marisa is working on the evaluation of Man Up, a documentary and associated social media campaign which raises awareness of the link between masculinity and suicide in Australian males. Marisa played a key role in a randomised controlled trial which assessed the impact of the documentary on males’ likelihood of seeking help if times were tough. She is now leading the evaluation of the social media campaign that surrounded the show. In addition to her role in the Man Up evaluation, Marisa is involved in a study investigating suicidal behaviour in men aged over 80.
Prior to working at the Centre for Mental Health Marisa was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, where she worked on the development of Ten to Men (the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health). Marisa played a lead role in contributing to the design of the study, developing the baseline questionnaires, contributing to analyses, and authoring journal articles and reports. She coordinated a compendium of publications from the baseline data and gave presentations at national and international conferences and other forums.