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Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks, PhD, is currently the Director of RTB Consulting specialising in Research, Evaluation and Project Management. As the former Research Director for the Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, he conducted research on ‘healing’ and evaluated the funded programs. Prior to this he worked as Senior Research Officer, Centre for Population Mental Health, where his team researched refugee, asylum and post conflict communities’ trauma based mental health. As Senior Research Officer he established a major research project examining violence in three Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities with the goal of developing and testing a healing program. He has strong research methods and analysis skills based mostly on quantitative methods but also using well-developed qualitative methods. His broad research interest areas include trauma, anger and violence, and wellbeing. Over the years, he has worked in child protection, prisons, and mental health as a clinician, researcher, educator and manager. He has worked in various parts of Australia including the very remote (and beautiful) parts of Australia.

Dr. Brooks has a solid publication record. A number of the papers show the strength of his statistical skills with several psychometric studies (Brooks 2000; Brooks, Beard et al. 2006; Brooks, Silove et al. 2008), and several studies using advanced structural equation modelling (Silove, Brooks et al. 2010; Brooks, Silove et al. 2011; Chan, Brooks et al. 2011; Nickerson, Bryant et al. 2011). Strong cross cultural experience with three studies in two post conflict communities, Timor Leste and Cambodia, provides breadth and depth to the academic and experiential work (Silove, Brooks et al. 2009; Brooks, Silove et al. 2011; Lopes Cardozo, Blanton et al. 2012).

Brooks, R. (2000). “The Reliability and Validity of the Health of Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) Validity in relation to patient derived measures.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 34(3): 504-511.
Brooks, R., J. Beard, et al. (2006). “Factor Structure and Interpretation of the K-10 ” Psychological Assessment 18: 62-70.
Brooks, R., D. Silove, et al. (2008). “A confirmatory factor analysis of acute stress disorder interview ” Journal of Traumatic Stress 21: 352-355.
Brooks, R., D. Silove, et al. (2011). “Explosive anger in postconflict Timor Leste: interaction of socio-economic disadvantage and past human rights-related trauma.” Journal of Affective Disorders 131: 268-276.
Chan, R., R. Brooks, et al. (2011). “Studying psychosocial adaptation to End-Stage Renal Disease: The proximal-distal model of health-related outcomes as a base model.” Journal of Psychosomatic Research 70(5): 455-464.
Lopes Cardozo, B., C. Blanton, et al. (2012). “Landmine Mental Health Survey among the adult population in Siem Reap province, Cambodia ” Medicine, Conflict & Survival.
Nickerson, A., R. A. Bryant, et al. (2011). “The familial influence of loss and trauma on refugee mental health: A multilevel path analysis.” Journal of Traumatic Stress 24: 25-33.
Silove, D., R. Brooks, et al. (2010). “Social and trauma-related pathways leading to psychological distress and functional limitations four years after the humanitarian emergency in Timor-Leste.” Journal of Traumatic Stress 23: 151-160.
Silove, D., R. Brooks, et al. (2009). “Explosive anger as a response to human rights violations in post-conflict Timor-Leste ” Social Science & Medicine 69: 670-677.