Dr Olesen is a member of the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Social Issues team at the Centre for Mental Health Research. Her current and planned research aims to better understand people's use of health services in Australia, and the health outcomes of service use, particularly in the area of mental health. Dr Olesen is also involved in projects that investigate the relationships between community and workforce participation and mental health.
Dr Olesen uses large community and population surveys and epidemiological methods to address these research topics, as well as her knowledge of clinical and psychological models. By combining these perspectives, Dr Olesen seeks to produce research that provides informed, practical recommendations for policy and health-care settings.