Ms Mariane   Franca Falco
Adjunct Lecturer

Ms Mariane Franca Falco

PhD Candidate, Masters of Science in Public Health, B. Social Work (Hons1). 

National Drug&Alcohol Research

Mariane Franca is an Adjunct Visiting Lecture in the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. She is a PhD Candidate and completed a Master of Science with honours in Public Health at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil in 2012. Her thesis examined the impact of mental and substances use disorders on work, specifically in employment status, mental health services, work loss (absenteeism and presenteeism), and economic costs analysing data from World Mental Health Study in Sao Paulo. She also is part of the World Mental Health Survey Initiative (WMHS) a project of assessment, classification, and epidemiology group at the World Health Organization coordinating the implementation and analysis of general population epidemiologic surveys of mental, substance use, and behavioural disorders in countries in all WHO Regions, specifically in Sao Paulo metropolitan area, Brazil.

Mariane Franca joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney in February 2020 to work with projects that aims to understand the different impacts of mental and substance use disorders related to the use of service, barriers and reason for not seeking treatment, and economic costs associated. Her current thesis aims to provide data on patterns and predictors of failure and delay in making initial treatment contact after first onset; to examine barriers to initiation and continuation of mental health treatment, and to examine the factors associated with perceived helpfulness of MDD and AUD disorders.

Mariane also works as a Research Assistant at The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), a national illicit drug system intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug market in Australia. 



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2019 - Travel Award From The Psychiatric Epidemiology Perspective for recognition of Scientific Excellence, International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology.