Miriam K. Forbes, PhD


About Me


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I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Emotional Health and School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University. I graduated from my PhD in Psychology in 2015, and went on to do postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Minnesota and Macquarie University, before starting a Macquarie University Research Fellowship in 2018 and my current NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellowship in 2021. 

My current research focuses on improving our understanding of the empirical structure of psychopathology based on the specific patterns in which symptoms of mental disorders tend to co-occur. For example, someone who is depressed is likely to also experience anxiety, and someone who has problems with gambling is likely to also struggle with drug or alcohol use. 

My research uses these patterns in symptoms and disorders to characterise the nature, causes, and consequences of mental illness across the lifespan.

NHMRC Investigator Grant Project




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Recent Publications


A Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) primer for mental health researchers


Christopher C. Conway, Miriam K. Forbes, Susan C. South


Clinical Psychological Science, 2021


Three recommendations based on a comparison of the reliability and validity of the predominant models used in research on the empirical structure of psychopathology.


Miriam K. Forbes, Ashley L. Greene, Holly F. Levin-Aspenson, Ashley L. Watts, Michael Hallquist, Benjamin B. Lahey, Kristian E. Markon, Christopher J. Patrick, Jennifer L. Tackett, Irwin D. Waldman, Aidan G. C. Wright, Avshalom Caspi, Masha Ivanova, Roman Kotov, Douglas B. Samuel, Nicholas R. Eaton, Robert F. Krueger


Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2021


A Detailed Hierarchical Model of Psychopathology: From Individual Symptoms up to the General Factor of Psychopathology


Miriam K. Forbes, Matthew Sunderland, Ronald M. Rapee, Philip J. Batterham, Alison L. Calear, Natacha Carragher, Camilo Ruggero, Mark Zimmerman, Andrew J. Baillie, Samantha J. Lynch, Louise Mewton, Tim Slade, Robert F. Krueger


Clinical Psychological Science, 2021


The relationship between brain structure and general psychopathology in preadolescents


Louise Mewton, Briana Lees, Lindsay M. Squeglia, Miriam K. Forbes, Matthew Sunderland, Robert Krueger, Forrest C. Koch, Andrew Baillie, Tim Slade, Nicholas Hoy, Maree Teesson


Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Wiley-Liss, Wiley, 2021 Sep 1



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Miriam K. Forbes, PhD


Centre for Emotional Health


School of Psychological Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Health, and Human Sciences
Macquarie University
2109