Professor Dixie Statham

Position: Professor of Clinical Psychology
Discipline: Psychology
Room: Mt Helen Campus, Room H229
Phone: (03) 5327 6158


Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), The University of Queensland, 2010

Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland, 1996

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland, 1986



  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Master of Professional Psychology


  • Adult Psychopathology (PSYCM7015)
  • Advanced Clinical Interventions (PSYCM7125)
  • Psychological Assessment (PSYCM7003)
  • Diversity and Interprofessional Practice (PSYCM7018)


Dixie Statham is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in Ballarat, Victoria. She is a Chief Investigator with the Manna Institute, a Commonwealth funded, Regional University Network virtual research and training institute focused on mental health and wellbeing in regional communities.

Professor Statham joined Federation University Australia in 2018, moving from the University of the Sunshine Coast where she taught and supervised in the clinical and professional Masters’ programs, and held the role of Director of the University Psychology Clinic.

Professor Statham is currently a member of both the Victorian and the National Committees of the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists; she is a Fellow of the Australian Clinical Psychological Association (ACPA), and an International Affiliate of the American Psychology Association (APA).

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical training and practice
  • Research and clinical supervision
  • Leadership and mentoring

Research interests

  • Adult mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Ageing well
  • Rural and regional mental health workforce


2024 Honours Students

Shefali Gholkar - Attachment styles as a moderator between emotional intimacy and relationship satisfaction. Principal supervisor

Ebony Smith - Personality, mental health, and alcohol use in Australian university students: Rural/regional vs. metropolitan contexts. Principal supervisor.

2024 Masters Students

Demika Clark - The relationship between perceived social support, social connectedness in mainstream society, ethnic society and psychological wellbeing among International students. Principal supervisor.

2024 PhD & Doctoral Students

Chloe Waddell - Perspectives of ageing well: What influences successful ageing in Australian adults?” Associate supervisor.

Stacey Whitelaw – Recognising Autism Spectrum Disorder in young girls. Associate supervisor.


Refereed journal articles

2019 – 2024

Davis, C. N., Gizer, I. R., Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M. T., STATHAM, D. J., Heath, A. C., Martin, N. G., & Slutske, W. S. (2023). Adolescent substance use and educational attainment: Exploring the nature of the relationship using a discordant twin design. Addiction, 118 (1).167-176.

Davis, C. N., Gizer, I. R., Colodro-Conde, L., STATHAM, D. J., Martin, N. G., & Slutske, W. S., (2022).Educational attainment polygenic scores: Examining evidence for gene-environment Interplay with adolescent alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 25 (4-5), 187-195. DOI: 10.1017/thg.2022.33

Kannis-Dymand, L., Colhoun, H., Huntley, M., Woolcock, C., Chambers, R., Le Compte, D., Macleod, J., Gilbert, C., STATHAM, D., Jones, M., Sullivan, C., Alexander, J., Live, S., & Bell, C.(2022). Does a disaster worsen anxiety when you are already anxious? Psychological consequences following exposure to a M7.1 earthquake in an outpatient anxiety disorder population. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 26 (2), 3-13.

Campos, A. I., Verweij, K. J. H., STATHAM, D. J., Madden, P. A. F., Maciejewski, D. F., Davis, K. A. S., John, A., Hotoph, M., Heath, A. C., Martin, N. G., & Renteria, M. E. (2020). Genetic aetiology of self-harm ideation and behaviour. Nature, Scientific Reports, 10, 9713

Byrne, E. M., Kirk, K. M., Medland, S. E., McGrath, J. J., Colodro-Conde, L., Parker, R., Cross, S., Sullivan, L., STATHAM, D. J., Levinson, D. F., Licinio, J., Wray, N. R., Hickie, I. B., Martin, N. G. (2020). Cohort profile: The Australian genetics of depression study. British Medical Journal,

Dash, G. F., David, C. N., Martin, N. G., STATHAM, D. J., Lynskey, M. T., & Slutske, W. S. (2020). High-intensity drinking in adult Australian twins. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, (2), 522-531. 10.1111/acer.14262

Chang, L., Whitfield, J. B., Liu, M., Medland, S. E., Hickie, I. B., Martin, N. G., Verhulst, B., Heath, A. C., Madden, P. A., STATHAM, D. J., Gillespie, N. A., GSCAN Consortium (2019). Associations between polygenic risk for tobacco and alcohol use and liability to tobacco and alcohol use, and psychiatric disorders in an independent sample of 13,999 Australian adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205, 1-9. 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107704

Slutske, W. S., Piasecki, T. M., Deutsch, A. R., STATHAM, D. J., & Martin, N.G. (2019). Potential causal influence of neighbourhood disadvantage on disordered gambling: Evidence from a multilevel discordant twin design. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(3), 582-596. doi: 10.1177/2167702618812700

Dash, G. F., Slutske, W. S., Martin, N. G., STATHAM, D. J., Agrawal, A., & Lynskey, M. T. (2019). Big five personality traits and alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and gambling disorder comorbidity. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(4), 420-429, doi: 10.1037/adb0000468.

Richmond-Rakerd, L. S., Trull, T. J., Gizer, I. R., McLaughlin, K. D., Scheiderer, E. M., Nelson, E., Agrawal, A., Lynskey, M. T., Madden, P. A. F., Heath, A. C., STATHAM, D. J., & Martin, N. G. (2019). Common genetic contributions to high-risk trauma exposure and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Psychological Medicine. 49(3)421-430. doi: 10.1017/S0033291718001034


  • The Australian Psychological Society, Clinical College
  • The Australian Clinical Psychology Association
  • The American Psychology Association