Dr Oliver Black

Research Fellow


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Public health/Epidemiology, Monash University, 2018; Masters of Science – Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of Canterbury, 2009; Bachelor of Science – Psychology, University of Canterbury, 2007


Darwin - Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus


Dr Oliver Black is a public health researcher, with qualifications in psychology and epidemiology. His work focuses on improving mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs and systems. He is leading several projects including one on stepped care approaches to social and emotional wellbeing for young people in East Arnhem.

Prior to his appointment at Menzies, he worked at a mental health-focused not-for-profit in a knowledge translation role. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Deakin Business School, where he previously worked on work-stress and resilience-related research. He completed his PhD at the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health at Monash University. His PhD focused on psychological factors in return-to-work outcomes following mental health and physical work injuries.

Dr Black has research expertise in epidemiology including quantitative methods and data linkage, qualitative methods, and participatory approaches to research. He is an experienced evaluator and has led evaluations on mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs.

  • YArnhem: Co-designing Social and Wellbeing for Youth in North East Arnhem
  1. Lane T, Lilley R, Black O, Sim, M., & Smith, P.M. Healthcare provider communication and the duration of time off work among injured workers: a prospective cohort study. Medical Care. 2019; 57:718-722.
  2. Black O, Sim MR, Collie A, Smith P. Differences Over Time in the Prognostic Effect of Return to Work Self-Efficacy on a Sustained Return to Work. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2019; 29:660-667.
  3. Giummarra MJ, Black O, Smith P, Collie A, Hassani-Mahmooei B, Arnold CA, et al. A population-based study of treated mental health and persistent pain conditions after transport injury. Injury. 2018; 49(10):1787-95.
  4. Black O, Keegel T, Sim MR, Collie A, Smith P. The Effect of Self-Efficacy on Return-to-Work Outcomes for Workers with Psychological or Upper-Body Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2018; 28(1):16-27.
  5. Wright C, Dietze PM, Agius PA, Kuntsche E, Livingston M, Black OC, Room R, Hellard M, Lim MSC. Mobile Phone-Based Ecological Momentary Intervention to Reduce Young Adults’ Alcohol Use in the Event: A Three-Armed Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2018; 6(7):e149. doi:10.2196/mhealth.9324
  6. Black O, Sim MR, Collie A, and Smith PM. "Early-Claim Modifiable Factors Associated With Return-to-Work Self-Efficacy Among Workers Injured at Work." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 59.12 (2017): E257-262. Web.
  7. Black O, Sim MR, Collie A, Smith, PM. A return-to-work self-efficacy scale for workers with psychological or musculoskeletal work-related injuries. Quality & Quantity. 2017 Jan 1; 51(1): 413.
  8. Fan JK, Black O, Smith PM. Examining age differences in duration of wage placement by injury characteristics. Occupational Medicine.  2016 Dec 1;66(9): 698-705
  9. Smith PM, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Black O, Lay M, Breslin FC, LaMontagne AD, Tompa E. The development of a conceptual model and self-reported measure of occupational health and safety vulnerability. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2015 Sep 30; 82:234-243
  10. Smith PM, Black O, Keegel T, Collie A. Are the predictors of work absence following a work-related injury similar for musculoskeletal and mental health claims? Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2014 Mar 1; 24(1): 79-88.