Ms Mariane Franca Falco
Adjunct Lecturer

Ms Mariane Franca Falco

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

Medicine & Health
National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

Mariane Franca is an Adjunct Visiting Lecture in the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. She is a Ph.D. Candidate and completed a Master of Science with honors in Public Health at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil in 2012. Her thesis examined the impact of mental and substance use disorders on work, specifically in employment status, mental health services, work loss (absenteeism and presenteeism), and economic costs analyzing data from World Mental Health Study in Sao Paulo. She is currently working with data collected from 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 behavioral 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 aim to understand the different impacts of mental and substance use disorders related to the use of service, barriers, and reasons for not seeking treatment, and economic costs associated. Her current thesis aims to (1) provide data on patterns and predictors of failure and delay in making initial treatment contact after the first onset of a common mental disorder; to examine barriers to initiation and continuation of mental health treatment, (2) analyze the gap in treatment coverage for major depressive disorders and identify key bottlenecks in obtaining adequate treatment; (3) analyze the predictors of the bottlenecks in obtaining adequate treatment for major depressive disorders, and (4) analyze the prevalence and factors associated with the 2 main components of perceived helpfulness of treatment for major depressive disorder and substance use disorders. 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 the 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.


FRANÇA M.H., PEREIRA F.G., WANG Y.P., ANDRADE L.H., ALONSO J., VIANA M.C. Individual and population level estimates of work loss and related economic costs due to mental and substance use disorders in Metropolitan São Paulo, Brazil. In press. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2021. ISSN 0165-0327.

FRANÇA, M. H.; VIANA, M. C. Transtornos mentais e trabalho: implicações e possibilidades. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE PESQUISA EM SAÚDE. , v.20, p.4 - 5, 2018.

FRANÇA, M. H.; BARRETO, S. M.; PEREIRA, F. G.; PAIVA, M. C. A.; ANDRADE, L.; VIANA, M. C. Associations of Mental Disorders and Employment Status in São Paulo Metropolitan Area, Brazil: gender differences and use of health services. Cadernos de Saúde Publica. , v.33, p.1678/e00154116 - 4464, 2017.

PEREIRA, F. G.; FRANÇA, M. H.; PAIVA, M. C. A.; ANDRADE, L.; VIANA, M. C. Prevalence and clinical profile of chronic pain and its association with mental disorders. REVISTA DE SAÚDE PÚBLICA (ONLINE), v.51, p.96-104, 2017.

FRANÇA, M. H. The indirect costs of mental disorders: individual and social costs in the workforce In: Y-Mind Sao Paulo Advanced Science School for Prevention of Mental Disorders, 2013, São Paulo. Y-Mind Sao Paulo Advanced Science School for Prevention of Mental Disorders. , 2013. v.1. p.1.