Melissa Oxlad

Dr Melissa Oxlad

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I'm a Clinical and Health Psychologist with extensive clinical experience working in the public sector, not for profit sector and private practice. I am also the Academic Lead for Internships and Employability in the School of Psychology.

In 2020, I received two awards for my teaching. I was the recipient of the University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award (Level A/B) and the Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award.

I study how psychology can help in the beginning of life. I'm interested in what people know, or don’t know, about getting pregnant and issues they may have with getting pregnant. I’m also interested in how people cope with losses in pregnancy like miscarriage and stillbirth. The loss associated with either not being able to get pregnant or the loss of a child during pregnancy causes deep and long-lasting pain for most people. My work focuses on how to help people (and those who care for them, such health professionals), better navigate through this pain to be able to live mentally healthier lives. This has obvious benefits for the individuals involved, but also for the communities they live and work in.

My other main area of research involves exploring relationships between psychological and physical health. I’m interested in how people make sense of, adjust to, and live with chronic illnesses such as migraine, cancer, diabetes and cardiac health issues. I’m also interested in how people gather health information, and where, and who, people seek support from in managing their health. Living with a chronic illness can be extremely difficult for most people due to negative impacts on their physical, emotional and social wellbeing. My research focuses on the complex impacts of illness, the use and benefits of different sources of support such as health professionals and peer support (support from other people who have the same illness) and interventions to help with poor wellbeing. Examining how people live with chronic illness, their support systems, and the effectiveness of different interventions enables people to learn better ways to manage their illness and to achieve a greater quality of life.

My research interests involve the contributions psychology can make to reproductive health and to people living with chronic illness. With regards to reproductive health, I'm interested in fertility knowledge, attitudes to fertility preservation, infertility and infertility treatments, infertility help-seeking, coping with infertility, health behaviours to aid conception, donor conception, surrogacy, pregnancy-related anxiety, pregnancy loss and stillbirth. In the area of chronic illness, my interests include how people make sense of, adjust to, and live with chronic illness, health literacy, health information seeking, help-seeking behaviour, health communication and peer support for chronic illness. I use quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods and review methodologies.

Recent media: 

Donor sperm counselling with Dr Melissa Oxlad, Psychologist (thefannymechanic.com)

What To When A Doctor Dismisses Your Problem | Girlfriend

http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcseriesblog/2020/01/10/the-father-is-just-as-upset-why-we-need-multi-level-strategies-to-support-men-when-a-baby-dies/

https://theconversation.com/when-a-baby-is-stillborn-grandparents-are-hit-with-two-lots-of-grief-heres-how-we-can-help-122313

Research Projects 2023

I really enjoy supervising student research at all levels (i.e., interns, vacation scholarship, Honours, Masters, PhD). I find it rewarding getting to know my students and helping them to develop their skills and find a keen interest in research. I have high expectations but support my students to achieve their best results. I do this through having ideas about possible topics and methodologies but allowing the projects to evolve with student input. I schedule regular supervision meetings for the duration of the project and make additional time available as needed. I provide a clear structure and timeline for my projects, setting mini-deadlines to ensure timely progress. Where possible, I work with students to help them publish their research.

My main areas of research are reproductive health and chronic illness (see above). For 2023, most student projects will focus on pre-conception care, gestational diabetes, diabetes or possibly occupational stress among veterinarians. My preferred research methods are qualitative (i.e., thematic analysis, content analysis and meta-synthesis - a way of synthesising existing qualitative research to generate recommendations to improve care) and quantitative (i.e., regression, meta-analysis - a way of summarising existing quantitative research to generate high-level evidence).

Below is a list of potential topics for 2023. 

TOPIC 1

Title: Experiences of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes

Description: Exploring women's experiences and support needs after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Qualitative methods (content analysis) are likely to be best.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

TOPIC 2

Title: Interventions for gestational diabetes

Description: Exploring gestational diabetes interventions. Review methods will likely be best - meta-analysis or meta-synthesis.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

TOPIC 3

Title: Women's views about pre-conception diet changes

Description: Seeking data about changes women make to their diet when planning pregnancy and what would help them to make and sustain such changes. Quantitative or qualitative research methods could be considered.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

TOPIC 4

Title: Males and pre-conception behaviour/care

Description: Seeking data about male's involvement in pre-conception care. Quantitative or qualitative research methods could be considered.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

Date Project Investigators Funding Body Amount AUD
2022 Evaluating the effectiveness of two pilot programs to increase the uptake of child development checks in South Australia Sawyer A, Oxlad M, Due C, Taylor A, McDonald D SA Department for Education and Child Development Research  $62,982
2022 The Begin Better Randomised trial  Dodd JM, Poprzeczny A, Louise J, Keir A, Pham C, Laws R, Briley A, Turnbull D, Campbell K, Oxlad M MRFF (ID 1199789) $2,790,917
2022 Behavioural Impacts on Children after the Perinatal Death of a Sibling Oxlad M, Due C Robert John Chapman Bequest $8,000
2022 A group psychological intervention to improve the wellbeing and pregnancy rates for women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies for infertility Warne E, Oxlad M, Best T South Australian Society of Hypnosis $5,000
2021 WorkGain: Stakeholder Experiences of a Work-Specific Rehabilitation Program Dorstyn D, Chur-Hansen A, Oxlad M, Roberts R (University of Adelaide), Fedoric B, Roberts T (WorkGain) Lifetime Support Authority of South Australia $120,100
2021 Men's Unmet Psychosocial Needs when Diagnosed with Male Infertility McPherson N, Turnbull D, Oxlad M Ferring Pharmaceuticals Australia $49,591
2021/22 Women's Lived Experiences of Transvaginal Mesh Surgery: Health Professional Communication and Other Factors Affecting Quality of Life Oxlad M, Edwards G University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship $1,200
2021/22 Psychosocial Health Perspectives Relevant to Deep Space Habitation: A Scoping Review Oxlad M, Carter A, Hrvatin P University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship/Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources $1,200
2020/21 Interprofessional Learning Oxlad M, Gloede University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship $1,200
2020 Student Perceptions of Simulation-Based Learning in Professional Psychology Training Programs Oxlad M School of Psychology, University of Adelaide $3,185
2020 Psychological Perspectives Among Women with Infertility: A Qualitative Study in Malang, Indonesia Gayatri M, Suparman, S, Barasabha T, Madjri A, Turnbull D, Oxlad M, Pratiwi W, & Puteri VA Universitas Brawijaya $2,300 (IRP 23,000,000)
2019 Employment Experiences when Living with Multiple Sclerosis Oxlad M School of Psychology Research Committee Funding, University of Adelaide $3,500
2019 Development and Evaluation of an Online Education and Peer-Supported Intervention for Job-Seekers with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. Dorstyn D, Roberts R, Oxlad  M (University of Adelaide), Craig A (University of Sydney), Kneebone I (University of Technology Sydney), Murphy G (La Trobe University) Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Incubator Grant $25,000
2019 Stress as a Barrier to Optimal Clinical Performance in Third-Year Dental Students Stow L, Oxlad, M, Zilm P, Wilson D, & Van Den Heuvel C RIGB Small Grant, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide $11,102
2019 Peer Support in Cancer Oxlad M Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences New Appointment Funding, University of Adelaide $5,000
2009 The Experience of Related Bone Marrow Donors: Qualitative Assessment of Donor Support Needs and Health Behaviours Oxlad M School of Psychology, University of Adelaide $1,540
2004 Travel Grant – for oral presentation at 8th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz, Germany Oxlad M School of Psychology Conference Travel Grant, Flinders University $750
2004 Travel Grant – for oral presentation at 8th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz, Germany.  Oxlad M Flinders University Scholarships Office Research Student Conference Travel Grant, Flinders University $2,630
2002 Psychological Adjustment and its Effects on Physical Outcomes Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) Oxlad M Flinders University Research Budget, Flinders University $1,441

 

 

Teaching Awards:
Date Award Organisation
2020 Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award Australian Psychological Society
2020 Executive Dean's Teaching Award - Level A/B University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Program Co-ordination:
Date Program Level
2018 - Present Master of Psychology (Health) Postgraduate (Masters)  
Course Co-ordination:
Date Course Level
2022 - Present Research Internship (PSYCHOL 3029) Undergraduate (Level II/Level III)
2020 - 2022 Psychology Internship (PSYCHOL 3028) Undergraduate (Level II/Level III)
2021 - Present Research Project I and II (PSYCHOL 7244 & PSYCHOL 7245) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - 2021  Psychological Assessment (PSYCHOL 7232) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - 2022  Health Psychology (PSYCHOL 7134 & PSYCHOL 7234) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - 2020 Master of Psychology (Health) Placement Coordinator (PSYCHOL 7240, 7241 & 7243)  Postgraduate (Masters)
2017 Research Methods in Psychology (PSYCHOL 1004) Undergraduate (Level I)
Teaching:
Date Course Level
2023 Applied Psychological Interventions and Research (PSYCHOL 4313) Undergraduate (Level IV/Honours)
2022 - Present Research Project I (PSYCHOL 7244) Postgraduate (Masters)
2022 - Present Research Internship (PSYCHOL 3029) Undergraduate (Level II/Level III)
2022 Foundations of Health and Lifespan Development (PSYCHOL 2005) Undergraduate (Level II)
2020-Present

Honours Thesis in Psychology Part I (PSYCHOL 4300A)

Undergraduate (Level IV/Honours)
2020 Advanced Career and Research Skills (PSYCHOL 3011A) Undergraduate (Level III)
2020 - 2022 Psychology Internship (PSYCHOL 3028) Undergraduate (Level II/Level III)
2018 - 2021  Psychological Assessment (PSYCHOL 7232) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - Present    Health Psychology (PSYCHOL 7134 & PSYCHOL 7234) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - Present    Master of Psychology (Health) Internal Placement Supervisor (PSYCHOL 7240, 7241 & 7243)  Postgraduate (Masters)
2018-Present Interviewing and Intervention (PSYCHOL 7231) Postgraduate (Masters)
2018 - 2023 Current Issues in Psychology (PSYCHOL 4302) Undergraduate (Level IV/Honours)
2018 Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives (PSYCHOL 2008) Undergraduate (Level II)
2018 Introduction to Psychology (PSYCHOL 1100) Postgraduate (Graduate entry)
2017 Psychology in Society (PSYCHOL 2007) Undergraduate (Level II)
2017 Foundations of Health and Lifespan Development (PSYCHOL 2005) Undergraduate (Level II)
2017 Foundations of Cognition and Perception (PSYCHOL 2006) Undergraduate (Level II)
2017 Research Methods in Psychology (PSYCHOL 1004) Undergraduate (Level I)
2017 Psychology 1B (PSYCHOL 1001) Undergraduate (Level I)

  

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Exploring the experiences of people living with cardiac implantable electronic devices: A framework for understanding quality of life Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mitchell Martin Nicmanis
    2023 Co-Supervisor Evaluating the impact of stillbirth investigations & follow-on bereavement care education on healthcare professionals’ practice and the lived experience of bereaved parents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Vanessa Tilbrook
    2022 Principal Supervisor Employing Mind-body Therapies for People with Persistent Pain Post-Stroke Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Nicole Prideaux
    2021 Co-Supervisor Conversation Analysis of Patient-Therapist Interactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas James Bradshaw
    2021 Principal Supervisor Understanding men's misuse of insulin in the pursuit of weight control Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Georgia Brooke Goddard
    2020 Principal Supervisor Group Psychological Interventions to Improve Outcomes to Women Undergoing Fertility Treatment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Emma Joy Warne
    2019 Principal Supervisor Grand Parents Experiences of Grief and Support Following their Child's Pregnancy Loss Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Ms Jane Belinda Lockton
    2018 Co-Supervisor Objectification Among Couples in Romantic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Stephenie Joulie Pagoudis
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Promoting Lifestyle Change in the Preconception Period: Development of the Begin Better eHealth Intervention Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jodie Michelle Scott
    2019 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Male Discourses of Anxiety and Help-Seeking in an Online Discussion Forum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Phoebe Grace Drioli-Phillips
    2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The #MeToo Movement: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Content Posted and Perceptions of Benefit and Harm Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chloe Luke Drewett
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Men's experiences of grief and support following pregnancy loss and neonatal death Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Dr Kate Louise Obst
    2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor 'If you don't manage diabetes it will manage you': Type two diabetes self-management in rural Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Laura Jones
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Guilt and Shame Among Women Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Ms Jessica D'Annunzio
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Addressing the Impact of Disordered Eating on Type 2 Diabetes Development, Physical and Mental Health Outcomes Central Queensland University Doctor of Philosophy Higher Doctorate - Emma Reid
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Providing a Safe Space: Australian Mental Health Clinicians' Comprehension and Experience of LGBTIQ+ Cultural Competency University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Mr Jacob Prout
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Experiences of Sharing Parenting with a Person with a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Claire Pascoe
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Diabetes Distress Among Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Other Full Time Livinia Xia-Bednikov
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Diabetes Distress Among Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Other Full Time Hajar Yassini
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor New Fathers’ Experiences of Postnatal Services: A Qualitative Study Exploring Father-Inclusiveness University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Claire Searson
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Factors Associated with Willingness to Take Paid Menstrual Leave University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Part Time Aesha Duong
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The Relationship Between Employment Industry and Perceptions of Paid Menstrual Leave University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Amelia Vallelonga
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Prevalence of Attrition in Lifestyle Intervention for Gestational Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Lauren Jaensch
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Women’s Accounts of their Interactions with Health Professionals: A Content Analysis Posts to Reddit by Women with Endometriosis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Part Time Hayley Grant
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Moral Distress in Veterinary Students University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Honours Honours Part Time Kate Flynn
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The Impact of Culture on Grief Experiences after Stillbirth for Mothers living in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-synthesis University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Ms Shazleen Azeez
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Pain and Prejudice: Attitudes Toward Paid Menstrual Leave University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Amy Wong
    2022 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Experiences of Women with Breast Cancer Disclosing Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment to Health Professionals: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Susan Hamilton
    2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Young Men’s Perspectives of Male Gender Transformative Health Promotion Programs: A Systematic Review and Meta-synthesis University of Adelaide Master of Psychology(Health) Master Full Time Mr Yianni Sianis
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Parents' and Health Professionals' Experiences of Stillbirth Bereavement Photography University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Other Full Time Ms Elisabeth Franke
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Health Professionals' Experiences Supporting People with Type 1 Diabetes who Restrict or Omit Insulin University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Full Time Ms Lauren Jaensch
    2022 - 2022 Co-Supervisor “I’m Only the Man”: Psychological Responses and Experiences of Support for Men During IVF in Australia University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Part Time Mr Isaac Hill
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Great Unknown: A Cross-Sectional Survey Examining Australian Males’ Knowledge of Male Fertility University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Brooke Norris
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Understanding Internalised Weight Bias in Australian Males: Exploring Relationships Between Internalised Weight Bias, Self-Compassion and Health Outcomes University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Honours Honours Full Time Ms Bethany Kimber
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Health Professionals' Knowledge of and Experiences Identifying and Responding to Reproductive Coercion Among Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Georgia Reeves
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor New Frontiers in Reproductive Health: Australians’ Views Concerning the Availability, Medicare Subsidisation and Ethical Acceptance of Uterus Transplantation University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology(Advanced) Honours Honours Full Time Ms Annabelle Law
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions of Voluntary Assisted Dying in South Australia University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Jo Butler
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Australian Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and The Integration of These Views in Healthcare Services University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Ms Molly Arendt
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Women’s Lived Experiences of Transvaginal Mesh Implant Surgery: Health Professional Communication and Other Factors Affecting Quality of Life University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Full Time Ms Georgina Edwards
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Psychosocial Health Perspectives Relevant to Deep Space Habitation: A Scoping Review University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Part Time Ms Porscha Hrvatin
    2021 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Psychosocial Health Perspectives Relevant to Deep Space Habitation: A Scoping Review University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Part Time Mr Adam James Carter
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Mapping Work-Integrated Learning in the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Full Time Ms Louisa O'Donnell
    2021 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Communicating Cancer-Related Information with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Naomi Thornthwaite
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Pregnant Women’s Attitudes Towards Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Part Time Dr Phoebe Drioli-Phillips
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Crossing Borders for Reproductive Care: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis of Intended Parents' Experiences University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Jessica Archer
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Experiences of Pregnancy Loss in Low and Low-Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Sharni Whitburn
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Intended Parents' Experiences of Surrogacy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Part Time Ms Jill Hobson
    2021 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Australian Gay Fathers' Experiences of Family Formation Through Surrogacy University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Mr Jacob Prout
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Teaching Interprofessional Collaboration in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychology University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Other Full Time Ms Tessa Gloede
    2020 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Parents' Experiences After the Death of a Child from Cancer: A Qualitative Examination of Perceptions of Bereavement Care Services and Support University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Isabella Loxton
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor “I have no life and neither do the ones watching me suffer”: Women’s Lived Experiences of Transvaginal Mesh Implant Surgery. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Kate McKinlay
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Knowledge and Attitudes of Australian Women Towards Cervical Cancer Screening. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Dr Sze Yan Cheung
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Experiences of Insulin Restriction or Omission in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Evidence-Based Guidance for Practice: A Meta-Synthesis of Patient Experiences. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Georgia Goddard
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Adding More Layers to Loss: LGBTQ+ People's Experiences of Pregnancy Loss University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Part Time Ms Alice Rose
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor "I really didn't even think secondary infertility was a thing until we experienced it": Australian Pregnancy Carriers and Partners Experiences of Secondary Infertility University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Georgina Draxler
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Perceptions of Clinic-Related Stress Among a Cohort of Australian Third-Year Dental Students University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Mr Joash Abraham
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Food Choices: The Influence of Physical Activity Calorie Equivalent Food Labelling University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Chelsea Alexander
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Neonatal Death: Grief and Support Experiences of Fathers in the Australian Context University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Shazleen Azeez
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Australian Women's Knowledge of and Attitudes towards Non-Medical Oocyte Cryopreservation University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Molly Arendt
    2019 - 2019 Co-Supervisor "It’s all on me": Exploring Experiences of Parents with Hearing-Impaired Children in the NDIS and Impact on Family Wellbeing. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Angela Asimakopoulos
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor A Qualitative Exploration of Individuals Preferences, Expectations, Lived Experiences and Satisfaction with Treatment for Depression. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Sarah Funnell
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Lived Experience of Myocardial Infarction. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Schae Matthews
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Support Sought and Received Online for Miscarriage: Content Analysis of a Facebook Support Group University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Part Time Ms Sophie Callan
    2019 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Attitudes of the Australian Public to Current and Emerging Reproductive Technologies University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Jessica D'Annunizio
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Comparing the Lived Experience of Men and Women Bereaved by Stillbirth: A Meta-synthesis of Qualitative Studies. University of Adelaide Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) Master Part Time Ms Natasha Robinson
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Psychosocial Risk Factors for Depression Among Women with Endometriosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Louise S. Twyford
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor News Media Stories about Cancer on Facebook: How Does Story Framing Influence Response Framing, Tone and Attributions of Responsibility? University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Tegan Starr
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Factors Associated with Pregnancy-Related Anxiety: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Amber Murray
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-Based Interventions for Depression with Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Shagun Chawla
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Assessing Fertility Knowledge: Development and Validation of the Male and Female Fertility Knowledge Inventories University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Aleksandra Olekalns
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Love, Listen and Learn: Grandparents' Experiences of Pregnancy Loss University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Ms Jane Lockton
    2011 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Identifying Barriers to Seeking Support for Women with Post-Natal Depression: A Qualitative Study of Mothers and Health Professionals. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Stephanie De Garis
    2011 - 2011 External Supervisor Using a Socio-Ecological Framework to Enhance Understanding of Post-Natal Depression. University of South Australia Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Lisa Shetler
    2010 - 2010 External Supervisor Predicting Sun Exposure, Sun Protection and Tanning Behaviour Among Young Women. University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Ashley Day
    2010 - 2010 External Supervisor Factors Associated with Young Women's Efforts to Prevent and Detect Cervical Cancer. University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Emily Small
    2009 - 2009 External Supervisor Equipping Children for Life: An Evaluation of the Optimistic Kids Resilience Program. University of South Australia Master of Psychology (6 year Program - Honours) Honours Full Time Ms Lisa Carlino
    2009 - 2009 External Supervisor Identifying Psychological Distress Among Adult Cancer Patients: A Comparison of Screening Tools for Depression and Anxiety. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Mr Noel Bekker
    2009 - 2009 External Supervisor Melanoma and Its Relationship with Solarium Use: Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour of Young Women. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Anna Boynton
    2008 - 2008 External Supervisor Foster Carer Well-Being, Satisfaction and Intention to Continue Providing Out-Of-Home Care University of South Australia/Child Protection Services Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Rachel Whenan
    2008 - 2008 External Supervisor The Utility of Forensic Interviews for Children Aged 3 Years and Below Following Allegations of Child Abuse. University of South Australia/Child Protection Services Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Hala Abokamil
    2007 - 2010 External Supervisor The Relationship Between Work-Related Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Compassion Satisfaction and the Parenting of Child Protection Workers University of South Australia/Child Protection Services Doctorate of Psychology Doctorate Part Time Ms Lydia Kovacev
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists National Committee Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2022 - ongoing Member Voluntary Assisted Dying Education and Training Working Group South Australian Government - SA Health Australia
    2022 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Psychological Society SA Branch College of Health Psychologists Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists National Committee Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2020 - 2021 Member Deputy Chair - 2021 College of Health Psychology National Conference Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Australia
    2020 - 2021 Member Scientific Chair - 2021 College of Health Psychology National Conference Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Australia
    2019 - ongoing Member ANZICA Research Sub-Committee Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association/Fertility Society of Australia Australia
    2017 - 2022 Secretary Australian Psychological Society SA Branch College of Health Psychologists Australian Psychological Society Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2010 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Fertility Society of Australia Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Hypnosis Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists Australia
    2006 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Associate Editor Editorial Australian Psychologist -
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136411
  • Email: melissa.oxlad@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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