Personal profile


Melissa is a Research Fellow with BehaviourWorks Australia, working primarily in the Environment Portfolio.

Melissa has a diverse range of research interests spanning health, the nature environment, conservation, and the intersections between them. She has a particular interest in the physical and psychological health benefits of contact and connection with nature, the psychology of environmental conservation, and how interaction with the natural environment can influence - and be influenced by - pro-environmental and pro-biodiversity conservation behaviours. 

Melissa is also a registered Health Psychologist with a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. She works part-time in private practice, and has a particular interest in helping clients with chronic illnesses to live well with, and despite, illness and/or disability. She also teaches and supervises post-graduate psychology students.  

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Health Psychologist

Research area keywords

  • Connection with Nature
  • Psychology
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Behavioural Sciences

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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