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Dr Louise McLean is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education's School of Educational Psychology and Counselling and a registered psychologist. She is the School's Graduate Research Lead. 

Louise is 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 track athlete, Louise contributes to a Monash affiliated athletics club through her membership on its Life Membership Awards Sub Committee and its Grant Program Sub 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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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