A/Prof Samuel Harvey

A/Prof Samuel Harvey

A/Prof Samuel Harvey


Role: Head, Workplace Mental Health Research Program

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9382 8356
Email: s.harvey@unsw.edu.au
Fax: +61 2 9382 8151


Black Dog Institute Building
Hospital Road
Prince of Wales Hospital
Randwick NSW 2031


A/Prof Samuel Harvey is the Head of Workplace Mental Health Reserach Program at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute (BDI).  He is a psychiatrist, general practitioner and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the relationship between work and mental health.  Prior to moving back to Australia in 2011, Dr Harvey worked at the internationally renowned Institute of Psychiatry in London.  He now leads a team of researchers at UNSW/BDI examining the role work may have in precipitating mental illness and evaluating workplace-based mental health interventions.  Over the last five years, Dr Harvey has successfully obtained over three million dollars in grant funding and has established active collaborations with research centres in London (King’s College) and Norway.  In 2009, he was awarded the UK Royal Society of Medicine Young Epidemiologist of the Year. 

Together with colleagues from the UNSW and the Black Dog Institute, Dr Harvey is directing a 3 year program of research focused on the mental health of NSW emergency workers.  The aims of the new program of research are relatively broad, but include trying to establish ways of identifying which emergency workers are at risk of developing mental health problems, considering ways of preventing mental disorders and testing new interventions to help promote early identification and return to work amongst unwell emergency workers.  Alongside their work with emergency workers, Dr Harvey and his team are also examining the links between work and mental health in the general population and considering how new e-health technologies can be better utilised within workplaces.

Clinically, Dr Harvey has considerable experience in assessing and managing mental health problems in a variety of settings, but with particular expertise when mental health and physical symptoms occur together.  Prior to moving to Sydney, he ran and expanded the National Health Service (NHS)’s first specialist Occupational Psychiatry clinic, which provided work-focused mental health assessments for a range of organisations, including the NHS, the London Ambulance Service and the UK Houses of Parliament.  Dr Harvey continues to works as a consultation liaison psychiatrist at St George Hospital in Sydney, where he runs a specialist renal psychiatry clinic.  He is also currently the Chair of South Eastern Sydney Network Governance Committee, which has overall responsibility for specialist training in Psychiatry throughout South Eastern Sydney, and an Associate Editor for BMC Psychiatry.

Research Impact and Translation into Practice

Dr Harvey has published 40 peer reviewed publications, which have been cited over 700 times.  His h-index is 14 with eleven of his academic papers tracking above the 90th centile for citations in the field of psychiatry and psychology.  Dr Harvey’s research has been published in many of the leading journals for occupational medicine and psychiatryHis research findings have also been widely reported in the media.

Dr Harvey’s research has had many direct policy and practical benefits.  Much of his research is based ‘real life’ work situations and he has established close working links with a number of public and private sector employers.  Dr Harvey is currently chairing an expert group developing treatment guidelines for emergency workers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.  He has provided research briefings to the NSW Ministry of Health, UK Department of Health, the National Mental Health Commission and Comcare.  Over the last year he has helped establish the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, a national partnership between business, the mental health sector and government committed to using the best available research evidence to create more mentally healthy workplaces

Selected Publications

Harvey SB, Joyce S, Modini M, Christensen H, Bryant R, Mykletun A, Mitchell P (2013). Work and depression/anxiety disorders - a systematic review of reviews Melbourne: Beyondblue.

Harvey SB, Hatch SL, Jones M, Hull L, Jones N, Greenberg N, Dandeker C, Fear N, Wessely S (2012). The long term consequences of military deployment: a 5 year cohort study of UK Reservists deployed to Iraq. American Journal of Epidemiology, 176 (12): 1177-1184.

Mykleton A, Harvey SB (2012). Prevention of mental disorders: a new era for workplace mental health. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 69: 868-869..

Madan I, Henderson M, Hashtroudi A, Hope V, Harvey SB (2013). A prospective evaluation of mental health training for occupational health practitioners. Occupational Medicine. 63(3):217-223.

Henderson M, Brooks SK, del Busso L, Chalder T, Harvey SB, Hotopf M, Madan I, Hatch S (2012). Shame! Self-stigmatisation as an obstacle to sick doctors returning to work: a qualitative study. .

Knudsen AK, Skogen JC, Harvey SB, Stewart R, Hotopf M, Moran P. (2012). Personality disorders, common mental disorders and receipt of disability benefits: evidence from the British National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity. Psychological Medicine, 42(12):2.

Harvey SB, Joyce S, Tan L, Johnson A, Nguyen H, Modini M, Groth M (2014). Developing a mentally healthy workplace: A review of the literature National Mental Health Commission, Australian Government..

S. Burman-roy, M. Butterworth, I. Madan, M. Henderson, S. B. Harvey (2013). Which patients are seen by an occupational psychiatry service? Occupational Medicine 2013;63:507–509.

Knudsen AK, Harvey SB, Mykletun A, Øverland S (2013). Common mental disorders and long-term sickness absence in a general working population. The HUSK study. The HUSK study. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2013 Apr;127(4) 287-97..

Harvey SB, Modini M, Christensen H, Glozier N (2013). Severe mental illness and work: what can we do to maximise the employment opportunities for individuals with psychosis? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 47(5):421-424 .

Harvey SB, Wessely S (2013). How should functional somatic syndromes be diagnosed? International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 20:239-241.

Hatch SL, Harvey SB, Dandeker C, Jones M, Burdett H, Hull L, Greenberg N, Jones N, Fear NT, Wessely S (2013). Life after the Armed Forces: Social networks and the mental health of service leavers in the UK. Sociology of Health and Illness.