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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.


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).

Research area keywords

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

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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.


Project: Research

Research Output

An exploration of whether mental health nurses practice in accordance with The Family Model

Grant, A., Falkov, A., Reupert, A. E., Maybery, D. & Goodyear, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A qualitative inquiry into psychiatrists’ perspectives on the relationship of psychological trauma to mental illness and treatment: implications for trauma-informed care

Isobel, S., Gladstone, B., Goodyear, M., Furness, T. & Foster, K., 30 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Mental Health. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Building research capacity in clinical practice for social workers: a training and mentorship approach

Withington, T., Alcorn, N., Maybery, D. & Goodyear, M., 2 Jan 2020, In : Advances in Mental Health. 18, 1, p. 73-90 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Developing research and evaluation skills in a family, parent or child health workforce

Goodyear, M., Maybery, D., Withington, T. & Krause, J., 2 Jan 2020, In : Advances in Mental Health. 18, 1, 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Practitioners’ application of Let’s Talk about Children intervention in adult mental health services

Allchin, B., O’Hanlon, B., Weimand, B. M. & Goodyear, M., 9 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)