Miriam K. Forbes, PhD

About Me

A very natural and relaxed conversation with my brilliant Research Assistant, Brier Michelsen
I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Emotional Health and School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University. I was awarded from my PhD in Psychology in 2014, 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

Validity and utility of Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): III. Emotional dysfunction superspectrum

D. Watson, H. Levin-Aspenson, M. Waszczuk, C. Conway, T. Dalgleish, M. Dretsch, N. Eaton, M. Forbes, K. Forbush, Kelsey A. Hobbs, G. Michelini, B. Nelson, M. Sellbom, T. Slade, S. South, M. Sunderland, I. Waldman, M. Witthöft, A. Wright, R. Kotov, R. Krueger

World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association, 2022

Emotion Dysregulation and Eating Disorder Symptoms: Examining Distinct Associations and Interactions in Adolescents.

N. Trompeter, K. Bussey, M. Forbes, P. Hay, M. Goldstein, C. Thornton, C. Basten, G. Heruc, M. Roberts, S. Byrne, S. Griffiths, A. Lonergan, D. Mitchison

Research on child and adolescent psychopathology, 2022

Answering Questions About the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): Analogies to Whales and Sharks Miss the Boat

C. DeYoung, R. Kotov, R. Krueger, D. Cicero, C. Conway, N. Eaton, M. Forbes, M. Hallquist, Katherine G. Jonas, R. Latzman, C. Rodriguez-Seijas, C. Ruggero, L. Simms, I. Waldman, M. Waszczuk, T. Widiger, A. Wright

Clinical Psychological Science, 2021

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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