Maree Hackett

Prof. Maree Hackett

Professor in Epidemiology

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Maree is a Professor in Epidemiology at UCLAN and is Program Head, Mental Health at The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, focusing on developing simple, cost effective strategies to prevent depression and significantly improve the outcome for people with cardiovascular disease. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This is in concordance with her current National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (Level 2) Improving the identification, management and outcome of people with depression and other chronic diseases.

Full Profile


  • Ph.D. Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2006
  • M.A. (Hons), Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1994
  • B.A., Psychology and English, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1992


Psychological problems in people with physical illness

  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Quality of life

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Supervising 5 PhD candidates, one MPhil candidate, and mentoring 4 others




Towfighi A, Ovbiagele B, El Husseini N, Hackett ML, Jorge RE, Kissela BM, Mitchell PH, Skolarus LE, Whooley MA, Williams LS, on behalf of the American Heart Association Stroke Council; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. Poststroke depression: a scientific statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke. 2017;48(2):e30-e43

Hackett ML, Farnbach S, Glozier N, Skinner T, Teixeira-Pinto A, Askew D, Gee G, Cass A, Brown A. Getting it Right: study protocol to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a culturally-specific measure to screen for depression in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. BMJ Open 2016;6:e015009. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015009

Hackett ML, Pickles K. Part I: Frequency of depression after stroke: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. International Journal of Stroke 2014;9:1017-1025

Kutlabaev MA, Hackett ML. Part II: Predictors of depression after stroke and impact of depression on stroke outcome: an updated systematic review of observational studies. International Journal of Stroke 2014;9:1026-1036




Clinical Trials

  • AFFINITY: An Australasian, multi-centre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy of fluoxetine in improving functional recovery after acute stroke
  • FOCUS (UK), EFFECTS (Sweden): sister trials to AFFINITY
  • HeadPoST:Head Position in Stroke Trial (HeadPoST)
  • ATTEND:Family-Led Rehabilitation after Stroke in India
  • TEXT-ME:Tobacco, exercise and diet messages trial of a text message-based intervention for ongoing prevention of cardiovascular disease in people with coronary disease

Observational / Cohort Studies

  • Getting it right:The validation of a culturally-specific measure to identify depression in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or without chronic disease
  • SEISMIC:Sydney Epilepsy Study to Measure Illness Consequences
  • POISE:Psychosocial disability and return to work in younger stroke survivors

Cochrane Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Cochrane systematic reviews and meta-analyses

  • Treatment for depression after stroke
  • Prevention of depression after stroke
  • Pharmaceutical interventions for emotionalism after stroke

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for stroke recovery