About Me


A very natural and relaxed conversation with my brilliant Research Assistant, Brier Michelsen
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Macquarie University. I was awarded my PhD in Psychology in 2014, and went on to do postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Minnesota and Macquarie University before being awarded back-to-back fellowships. 

I currently hold an NHMRC Investigator Grant working to improve 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


PHILIP: A project Premortem for HItop cLinical ImPlementation to better anticipate barriers and enablers


A. J. Baillie, K. Jonas, M. Teesson, A. Calear, S. J. Lynch, M. K. Forbes

Preprint on OSF, 2024


Development and Validation of the Acquiring and Saving Motives Questionnaires: For Use in Clinical and Nonclinical Populations


J. David, M. K. Forbes, M. M. Norberg

Psychological Assessment, vol. 36(3), 2024, pp. 200–214


Principles and procedures for revising the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology


M. K. Forbes, W. R. Ringwald, T. Allen, D. C. Cicero, L. A. Clark, C. G. DeYoung, N. Eaton, K. Naragon-Gainey, R. Kotov, R. F. Krueger, R. D. Latzman, E. A. Martin, C. J. Ruggero, I. D. Waldman, C. Brandes, E. I. Fried, V. M. Goghari, B. Hankin, S. Sperry, K. Stanton, A. Aftab, D. Lyman, M. Roche, A. G. Wright

Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science, vol. 133(1), 2024, pp. 4–19


Is it time to discard the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in psycho-oncology?


D. Haywood, R. Kotov, R. F. Krueger, A. G. C. Wright, M. K. Forbes, Dauer E., F. D. Baughman, S. L. Rossell, N. H. Hart

Cancer Letters, vol. 589, 2024, pp. 216818–216818


Structure of psychopathology in adolescents and its association with high-risk personality traits


S. Lynch, M. Sunderland, M. Forbes, M. Teesson, N. Newton, C. Chapman

Development and Psychopathology, vol. 36(1), 2024, pp. 379–394


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Miriam K. Forbes, PhD



School of Psychological Sciences

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


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