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Dr Louise McLean is a registered psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology. She is the Course Leader of the Faculty of Education's Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (MEDP) & MEDP/PhD programs and an Honorary Fellow of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Melbourne.

Louise's areas of research interest include the identification of psychosocial risk and resilience factors related to well-being across the lifespan and the evaluation of interventions and preventative measures that facilitate sustained and enhanced well-being. She has expertise in quantitative research methods. Louise was awarded a Faculty of Medicine Special Commendation in recognition of her valuable contribution to Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology Supervision and was shortlisted for the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Honours Supervision.

Community service

A keen Masters athlete, Louise is Team Manager for the Masters Women's Team of a Monash affiliated athletics club and a member of their Life Membership Awards Committee. She is a Level 1 Athletics Australia Accredited Athletics Coach. 

Research interests

Louise's research program aims to (a) identify psychosocial factors that enhance or hinder well-being across the lifespan and (b) evaluate interventions and preventative measures that facilitate sustained and enhanced  well-being. The program includes students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, the Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (MEDP), the MEDP/PhD and the PhD. It is designed to inform psychology teaching, practice and research within the specialist area of educational and developmental psychology. Louise has a special interest in understanding the impact of competitive sport on wellbeing across the lifespan, particularly in those who are middle aged and beyond.

Research area keywords

  • wellbeing, psychosocial risk and resistance factors, lifespan, competitive sport in middle and older age, chronic conditions, parents and children


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