Professor Gregory Carter
(M.B.B.S. FRANZCP. Certificate of Training in Child Psychiatry. PhD. Senior Staff Specialist and Acting Director of Department,Consultation Liaison Psychiatry )

DepartmentConsultation Liaison Psychiatry
Research AreasDiagnostics / Screening, Genetics, Health Promotion, Health Services Research, Therapy and Treatment, Population Health, Social Needs, Mental Health, Supportive Care
Research TopicsBreast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Malnutrition, Side Effects / Adverse Reactions / Poisoning, Suicide and Self-Harm, Depression and Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Organ Donation, Driving Safety
Research TypesClinical Trials, Laboratory Research, Survey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation, Instrument Development

Professor Greg Carter's areas of research interest are; deliberate self poisoning (suicide attempt), suicide prevention, epidemiology of suicidal behaviours, delirium, toxic effects of psycho-active drugs, post-stroke depression, organ donation and Psycho-Oncology. He serves as Associate Editor for the journal:  'Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviour". He has a number of research collaborations with colleagues in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. He supervises Research Higher Degree students from the University of Newcastle and has been an external examiner for theses from other universities.

Professor Carter is a Conjoint Professor in Psychiatry in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle; and Principal Researcher in the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH), University of Newcastle.

More information about Professor Carter's academic achievements may be found here:

Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

Following the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake.

What is your most significant contribution to research?

Two of my most frequently cited publications (#1 and #5) are:

  • Shortfall in mental health service utilisation. NOV 2001, Andrews, G; Issakidis, C; Carter, G.  BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY  Volume: 179   Pages: 417-425   DOI: 10.1192/bjp.179.5.417. Times Cited: 127.
  • Postcards from the EDge project: randomised controlled trial of an intervention using postcards to reduce repetition of hospital treated deliberate self poisoning. OCT 8 2005, Carter, GL; Clover, K; Whyte, IM; et al. BRITISH MEDICAL JO.URNAL  Volume: 331   Issue: 7520   Pages: 805-+   DOI: 10.1136/bmj.38579.455266.E0 . Times Cited: 62. 

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Answering clinical questions of importance in populations that are not frequently studied because of stigma or unpopularity.

What did you do before coming to work at the Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Before this period of work at the Mater (starting 1991), I was Director of Child Psychiatry Services for the then named Hunter Mental Health Services.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I still do clinical, teaching and administration work, which is what I did before I started into research.

What made you decide to do research?

When I realised there were many clinical questions of direct relevance to the pateints I treated, which were unanswered or unknown or poorly known.

What do you do to relax?

Time with family and friends is relaxing.

What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?

Filling out the NEAF (National Ethics Application Form) is the research activity that tends to make me "crazy".


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