Melissa Opozda (nee Opolski)
Melissa is a Health Psychologist working in private practice and a current PhD candidate, investigating disordered and problematic eating behaviours experienced by individuals before and after bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
I am aiming to determine the association between antenatal and birth factors and the risk of adverse health outcomes in the mother and offspring at 8-10 years after pregnancy/gestation. These adverse health outcomes include obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and impaired microvascular function.
After completing my French major at the University of Adelaide, I undertook a PhD in French literature at the University of Provence, France. My thesis was concerned with phenomenological theories of reading and their narratological extensions. On returning to Australia, I did a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney, which led to the publication of my monograph "Ethique et littérature". I have been lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide since 1995.
My current primary research interest is in Computer Science Education particularly in the impact of cognitive load on the learning of programming and structuring blended learning tasks to adapt to variations in student cognitive load.
I also have a long term, ongoing interest in networks particularly around adaptive protocols in the Internet.