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Dr Michelle Kehoe joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as a psychology lecturer in 2022. She gained her PhD in 2018 examining development of social emotional learning in school children using restorative practices – an evidence-based intervention. In 2023 she completed her Masters in Public Health with a focus on population epidemiology.

Michelle’s focus is on qualitative research which explores evidence-based interventions to enhance well-being and mental health. She has extensive experience in co-design and co-production methods along with conducting research with vulnerable populations, in particular children and adolescents. She has a keen interest in mental health recovery and the inclusion of lived-experience voices in education and research.

Dr Kehoe’s current projects focus on improving the mental health of Victorians in response to the Royal Commission into Mental Health.  

Supervision interests

  • Child and Adolescent Mental health
  • Service development and improvement
  • Evaluation of programs to support evidence-based practice.
  • Recovery-oriented practices

Monash teaching commitment

OCC4020 – Humans as Occupational Beings

OCC4030 – Occupational Performance

OCC4040 – Enabling Occupation

UMH1202 – Recovery-orientation in Mental Health

MHS1101 – Introduction to Mental Health and Contemporary Mental Health Needs

MMH5004 – Contemporary Mental Health care

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, Masters, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 30 Jun 2023

Evaluation, Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 30 Sept 2020

Psychology, PhD, Australian Catholic University

Award Date: 30 Sept 2018

External positions

ALIVE co-chair, University of Melbourne

Aug 2021 → …

Committee member - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Assocation

Nov 2020 → …

Research and Evaluation officer, Alfred Hospital

30 Jun 2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Positive Psychology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • recovery-oriented practice
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Evaluation
  • Psychology
  • Restorative Justice
  • Forensic Mental Health Nursing
  • Co-Design
  • lived-experience
  • Policy
  • Epidemiology

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