Melinda Goodyear


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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).

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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

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