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Biography

Melinda's research area focuses on understanding vulnerability and resilience in families, particularly in families where there may be parental mental illness (FaPMI) or substance abuse. The central aim is to find ways to promote resilience and reduce the intergenerational effects of vulnerability in families. She is currently the project manager of the Mental Illness Research Fund Project andlsquo;Developing an Australian-first recovery model of parents in Victoria mental health and family services', led by Associate Professor Darryl Maybery.

She has been working closely with Associate Professor Darryl Maybery and Associate Professor Andrea Reupert for the last ten years on a number of projects exploring the needs of families, and the response of the mental health service sector to better meet the needs of families where a parent has a mental illness or a dual diagnosis.

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Melinda also has a background in Behavioural Neuroscience and recently completed her PhD in the aetiology of short-sightedness and long sightedness. Prior to that she completed a Masters of Behavioural Science in the efficacy of a new drug for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

She has a number of publications across all these areas of study and is currently co-supervising three PhD students in the area of parental mental illness.

Before joining MUDRIH as a Research Fellow, she held the position of FaPMI Research and Evaluation Academic at The Bouverie Centre (La Trobe University).

Keywords

  • Parenting
  • Family mental health
  • Family resilience
  • Mental health workforce
  • Translation to practice

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Projects 2013 2022

How to raise the village to raise the child

Paul, J., Zechmeister-Koss, I., Bauer, A., Goodyear, M., Fatima, B., Lund, I. O. & Christiansen, H.

1/02/1831/01/22

Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2019

A mixed method evaluation of an intervention for parents with mental illness

Maybery, D., Goodyear, M., Reupert, A., Sheen, J., Cann, W., O’Hanlon, B. & Cuff, R., 30 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Predictors and enablers of mental health nurses' family‐focused practice

Grant, A., Reupert, A., Maybery, D. & Goodyear, M., Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 28, 1, p. 140-151 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Preventing intergenerational trauma transmission: A critical interpretive synthesis

Isobel, S., Goodyear, M., Furness, T. & Foster, K., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Challenges of connectedness in personal recovery for rural mothers with mental illness

Hine, R. H., Maybery, D. & Goodyear, M. J., Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 27, 2, p. 672-682 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family-focused practice with EASE: A practice framework for strengthening recovery when mental health consumers are parents

Foster, K., Goodyear, M., Grant, A., Weimand, B. & Nicholson, J., 6 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review