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 13 years clinical experience working across the public sector, not for profit sector and private practice. 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 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, 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 my areas of interest include fertility knowledge, motivations for parenthood, attitudes to fertility preservation, attitudes to infertility and infertility treatments, help-seeking in relation to infertility, 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 people with migraine, cancer and cardiac health issues. I undertake research using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Lecturer University of Adelaide 2014 - 2017 National Patient Advocacy Coordinator Leukaemia Foundation 2013 - 2014 Support Services Coordinator Leukaemia Foundation 2008 Clinical and Health Psychologist Private Practice 2007 - 2008 Clinical Psychologist Royal Adelaide Hospital - Cancer Centre 2006 - 2007 Senior Clinical Psychologist Child Protection Services 2005 - 2006 Clinical Psychologist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Date Institution name Country Title 2001 - 2005 Flinders University, Adelaide Australia PhD 1997 - 1998 University of Adelaide Australia MPsych (Clinical and Health) 1996 - 1996 University of South Australia, Adelaide Australia BA Hons (Psychology) 1993 - 1995 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia BA
Date Title Institution Country 2008 - 2009 Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis Australian Society of Hypnosis Australia
Research InterestsCancer Biology and Clinical Oncology Cardiac, Respiratory and Vascular Health Child and Adolescent Health Fertility and Conception Pregnancy and Birth Clinical Psychology Developmental & Child Psychology Health Promotion Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology Maternal Health Mental Health Psychology
Year Citation 2014 Jones, L., Crabb, S., Turnbull, D., & Oxlad, M. (2014). Barriers and facilitators to effective type 2 diabetes management in a rural context: a qualitative study with diabetic patients and health professionals. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(3), 441-453.
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2013 Day, A., Oxlad, M., & Roberts, R. (2013). Predictors of sun-related behaviors among young women: comparisons between outdoor tanners, fake tanners, and tan avoiders. Journal of American College Health, 61(6), 315-322.
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2012 Jones, L., Crabb, S., Turnbull, D., & Oxlad, M. (2012). VALIDATION OF AN INSTRUMENT FOR MEASURING BARRIERS TO TYPE TWO DIABETES REGIMEN ADHERENCE. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 19, S206. 2011 Boynton, A., & Oxlad, M. (2011). Melanoma and its relationship with solarium use: Health knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of young women. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(6), 969-979.
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2011 Le Couteur, A., & Oxlad, M. (2011). Managing accountability for domestic violence: Identities, membership categories and morality in perpetrators’ talk. Feminism & Psychology, 21(1), 5-28.
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2010 Beatty, L., Oxlad, M., Koczwara, B., & Wade, T. (2010). A randomised pilot of a self-help workbook intervention for breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18(12), 1597-1603.
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2009 Whenan, R., Oxlad, M., & Lushington, K. (2009). Factors associated with foster carer well-being, satisfaction and intention to continue providing out-of-home care. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(7), 752-760.
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2008 Beatty, L., Oxlad, M., Koczwara, B., & Wade, T. (2008). The psychosocial concerns and needs of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer: A qualitative study of patient, nurse and volunteer perspectives. Health Expectations, 11(4), 331-342.
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2008 Oxlad, M., Wade, T., Hallsworth, L., & Koczwara, B. (2008). 'I'm living with a chronic illness, not. dying with cancer': A qualitative study of Australian women's self-identified concerns and needs following primary treatment for breast cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 17(2), 157-166.
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2008 Oxlad, M., & Wade, T. (2008). Longitudinal risk factors for adverse psychological functioning six months after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Journal of Health Psychology, 13(1), 79-92.
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2006 Oxlad, M., Stubberfield, J., Stuklis, R., Edwards, J., & Wade, T. (2006). Psychological risk factors for cardiac-related hospital readmission within 6 months of coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 61(6), 775-781.
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2006 Oxlad, M., & Wade, T. (2006). Application of a chronic illness model as a means of understanding pre-operative psychological adjustment in coronary artery bypass graft patients. British Journal of Health Psychology, 11(3), 401-419.
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2006 Oxlad, M., Stubberfield, J., Stuklis, R., Edwards, J., & Wade, T. (2006). Psychological risk factors for increased post-operative length of hospital stay following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(2), 179-190.
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2004 Oxlad, M., Miller-Lewis, L., & Wade, T. (2004). The measurement of coping responses: validity of the Billings and Moos coping checklist. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 57(5), 477-484.
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2004 Oxlad, M., Miller-Lewis, L., & Wade, T. (2004). The measurement of coping responses validity of the billings and moos coping checklist. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH, 57(5), 477-484.
1996 Baldwin, S., & Oxlad, M. (1996). Multiple case sampling of ECT administration to 217 minors: Review and meta-analysis. Journal of Mental Health, 5(5), 451-463.
1996 Baldwin, S., & Oxlad, M. J. (1996). ECT and Minors: Social Sciences Solutions Will Reform the Psychiatric Abuse of Infants, Children and Adolescents. Social Sciences in Health, 2(3), 174-188. 1996 Oxlad, M. J., & Baldwin, S. (1996). The Use of ECT in Older People: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities. Health Care in Later Life, 1(1), 39-49. 1995 Oxlad, M., & Baldwin, S. (1995). Electroconvulsive Therapy, Children and Adolescents: The Power to stop. Nursing Ethics, 2(4), 333-346.
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Year Citation 2000 Baldwin, S., & Oxlad, M. (2000). Electroshock and Minors A Fifty-year Review. Greenwood Publishing Group.
Postgraduate: Master of Health Psychology
Postgraduate: 7232 Psychological Assessment
7134/7234 Health Psychology
Placements (Health Psychology)
Undergraduate: 2008 Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives
Postgraduate: 4302 Current Issues in Psychology
7232 Psychological Assessment
7134/7234 Health Psychology
Master of Health Psychology Internal Placement Supervisor
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Grand Parents' experiences of Grief and Support their child's Pregnancy Loss Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Ms Jane Belinda Lockton 2018 Co-Supervisor The Psychological Impact of Pregnancy Loss in Under-Researched Populations in Australia Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Health) Doctorate Full Time Miss Kate Louise Obst 2018 Co-Supervisor Objectification Among Couples in Romantic Relationships Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Stephenie Joulie Pagoudis 2018 Co-Supervisor Analysis of the #MeToo Movement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Chloe Luke Drewett
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 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 2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor The Lived Experience of Women Following Myocardial Infarction: A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Schae Matthews 2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Pharmacotherapy or Psychological Intervention: A Comparison of Treatment Preference, Expectations and Lived Experiences of Two Different Interventions for Major Depressive Disorder University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Clinical) Master Full Time Ms Sarah Funnell 2018 - ongoing 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 - ongoing 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 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Risk Factors for Depression in Women with Endometriosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Health) Master Full Time Ms Louise S. Twyford 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Full Time Ms Lydia Kovacev
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Secretary Australian Psychological Society SA College of Health Psychologists — Australia
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
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