About the research team
This website was conceived and developed by an expert group of researchers and clinicians:
Ilona Juraskova, Associate Professor in Health and Clinical Psychology, the School of Psychology, the University of Sydney. Ilona's research aims to reduce the psychosocial burden of illness by developing and evaluating resources to help patients, their family, and clinicians better communicate and make informed decisions in healthcare.
Alana Fisher, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the School of Psychology, the University of Sydney. Alana’s PhD research with people with BPII, their family and clinicians formed the basis of this decision-aid website, which is an online adaptation of a decision-aid booklet.
Louise Sharpe, Professor of Clinical Psychology, the School of Psychology, the University of Sydney. Louise’s research aims to understand how people adjust to illness, and to develop interventions to reduce depression and anxiety for people with a range of chronic illnesses.
Vijaya Manicavasagar, Senior Clinical Psychologist, the Black Dog Institute and Associate Professor, the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. Vijaya is also the Clinical Director of the Psychology Clinic which specialises in the psychological treatment of mood disorders including bipolar disorder.
Josephine Anderson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and conjoint Associate Professor, the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. Josephine is also Clinical Director of the Psychiatry Clinics within the Black Dog Institute, which specialises in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders including bipolar disorder.
When we interviewed people diagnosed with bipolar II disorder (BPII), their family and clinicians, they all told us that people with BPII wanted more information and more support when making treatment decisions. This was especially so when people were newly diagnosed and first considering the available medication and psychological treatment options.
With funding from an Australian Rotary Mental Health Grant, we have developed this world-first, evidence-based decision-aid website to help people with BPII and their family to make the “right” treatment decision for them. This treatment decision is one based on the best available clinical evidence as well as personal preferences and goals for treatment.