Melissa Opozda

Dr Melissa Opozda

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Melissa Opozda is a Health Psychologist in private practice and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health, Adelaide Medical School.

Her interests lie mainly in understanding and working to improve individuals' experiences of:
- Engaging with mental and physical health services;
- Overweight, obesity, and bariatric surgery;
- Making sustainable health behaviour changes (e.g. in drug use, smoking, alcohol, exercise, eating, etc.);
- Psychological difficulties related to chronic and acute health issues;
- Parent/carer/sibling stress (especially re: persons with a disability or health issue); and
- Blood, organ, and tissue donation/transplantation.

Short, C., McIntosh, M., Opozda, M., Galvao, D., Vincent, A., & O'Callaghan, M. (2017). Why do men leave active surveillance? A mixed methods investigation examining factors contributing to adherence on active surveillance ($29,275). ANZUP Below The Belt Grant, 2018-2020.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Men's mental health and masculinity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alex Brae
    2018 Co-Supervisor Men's Experiences with Prostate Cancer and Active Surveillance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Megan McIntosh
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Providing psychosocial and psychosexual support to patients diagnosed with prostate cancer University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Andriana Tran
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83135351
  • Email: melissa.opozda@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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