Dr Hannah Thomas

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Hannah Thomas is a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and has academic affiliations with both The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She completed a PhD on adolescent bullying and cyberbullying, which was recognised by the Australian Psychological Society as the best original contribution to knowledge. As a psychologist she has experience in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for mental health and social difficulties with children and adolescents and their families. Dr Thomas developed and validated the Bullying and Cyberbullying Scale for Adolescents [BCS-A] and co-led the work to have bullying victimisation included as a risk factor for mental disorders in the Global Burden of Disease Study. She is also a co-investigator on the Australian Child Maltreatment Prevalence Study, which is the most comprehensive study the prevalence, health, and economic burden of child maltreatment in Australia. Her ongoing research is focused on the prevention of adverse childhood experiences and mental illness in the population.


  • Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Business Management, The University of Queensland


  • Haslam, Divna M., Malacova, Eva, Higgins, Daryl, Meinck, Franziska, Mathews, Ben, Thomas, Hannah, Finkelhor, David, Havighurst, Sophie, Pacella, Rosana, Erskine, Holly, Scott, James G. and Lawrence, David (2023). The prevalence of corporal punishment in Australia: Findings from a nationally representative survey. Australian Journal of Social Issues. doi: 10.1002/ajs4.301

  • Mathews, Ben, Thomas, Hannah J. and Scott, James G. (2023). A new era in child maltreatment prevention: call to action. Medical Journal of Australia, 218 (s6), S47-S51. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51872

  • Pacella, Rosana, Nation, Alexandra, Mathews, Ben, Scott, James G., Higgins, Daryl J., Haslam, Divna M., Dunne, Michael P., Finkelhor, David, Meinck, Franziska, Erskine, Holly E., Thomas, Hannah J., Malacova, Eva, Lawrence, David M. and Monks, Claire (2023). Child maltreatment and health service use: findings of the Australian Child Maltreatment Study. Medical Journal of Australia, 218 (s6), S40-S46. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51892

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Book Chapter

  • Thomas, Hannah J (2021). Ecological and psychological perspectives of bullying. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Bullying. edited by Peter K. Smith and James O'Higgins Norman. London, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1002/9781118482650.ch71

  • Thomas, Hannah J., Kelly, Adrian B. and Toumbourou, W. John (2015). Prevention of alcohol-related harm for children and adolescents. Psychosocial dimensions in medicine. (pp. 291-304) edited by Jennifer Fitzgerald and Gerard J Byrne. Melbourne Australia: IP Communications.

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