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 over 16 years clinical experience working across 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 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.

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

Below is a list of possible projects for 2022. This does not mean that I will be supervising this number of projects for 2022 but rather these are some possible ideas for projects. In addition, to these projects I am willing to discuss other projects related to my research interests. 

PROJECT 1

Title: Rural Australians' Experiences of Pregnancy Loss

Description: This project seeks to explore the experiences of pregnancy loss for people living outside metropolitan areas. Qualitative research methods are most likely best suited for this project.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

Commencing: 2022

Special Requirements: Nil

PROJECT 2

Title: Australian Men's Knowledge of Male Fertility

Description: This project seeks to gather data about Australian's men's knowledge about male fertility. Much research about fertility knowledge has focused on the knowledge of women. Quantitative research methods are most likely best suited for this project.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

Commencing: 2022

Special Requirements: Nil

PROJECT 3

Title: Australian Women's Experience of Maternity Care

Description: This project seeks to explore Australian's women's experiences of maternity care. Qualitative research methods are most likely best suited for this project but quantitative could be considered.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

Commencing: 2022

Special Requirements: Nil

PROJECT 4

Title: Quality of Life for People Undergoing Fertility Treatment

Description: This project seeks to examine quality of life among people undergoing fertility treatments such as IVF. Quantitative research methods such as meta-analysis would be suited for this project.

Projects Available for: Honours, Masters

Commencing: 2022

Special Requirements: Nil

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Drioli-Phillips, P. G., Oxlad, M., LeCouteur, A., Feo, R., & Scholz, B. (2021). Men’s talk about anxiety online: Constructing an authentically anxious identity allows help-seeking.. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 22(1), 77-87.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2021 Obst, K., Oxlad, M., Due, C., & Middleton, P. (2021). Factors contributing to men's grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal death: further development of an emerging model in an Australian sample. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 21(1), 29-1-29-16.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2021 Obst, K., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2021). Men's experiences and need for targeted support after termination of pregnancy for foetal anomaly: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 30(17-18), 2718-2731.
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    2021 Drioli-Phillips, P. G., Le Couteur, A., Oxlad, M., Feo, R., & Scholz, B. (2021). ‘I know you shouldn't compare to other people, but I can’t do anything most people can’: Age, family and occupation categorisations in men’s reasoning about their anxiety in an online discussion forum. Sociology of Health and Illness, 43(3), 678-696.
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    2021 Drewett, C., Oxlad, M., & Augoustinos, M. (2021). Breaking the silence on sexual harassment and assault: An analysis of #MeToo tweets. Computers in Human Behavior, 123, 1-10.
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    2021 Lockton, J., Oxlad, M., & Due, C. (2021). Grandfathers experiences of Grief and Support Following Pregnancy Loss or Neonatal Death of a Grandchild. Qualtiative Health Research.
    2021 Oxlad, M., Modde, A., & Turnbull, D. (2021). Learning about, from and with other professions: A systematic review of interprofessional education within psychology teaching programs. Educational Research Review, 100410.
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    2021 Paparo, J., Beccaria, G., Canoy, D., Chur-Hansen, A., Conti, J. E., Correia, H., . . . Thielking, M. (2021). A New Reality: The Role of Simulated Learning Activities in Postgraduate Psychology Training Programs. Frontiers in Education, 6.
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    2021 Oxlad, M., Turnbull, D., Skinner, V., & Lekkas, D. (2021). Undergraduate psychology and dental students’ perceptions of interprofessional learning when using motivational interviewing to encourage health behaviour change: a mixed methods study. Australian Psychologist, 56(5), 417-426.
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    2021 Azeez, S., Obst, K. L., Oxlad, M., Due, C., & Middleton, P. (2021). Australian fathers’ experiences of support following neonatal death: a need for better access to diverse support options. Journal of Perinatology, 8 pages.
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    2020 Roberts, R., Oxlad, M., Dorstyn, D., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2020). Objective Structured Clinical Examinations with simulated patients in postgraduate psychology training: Student perceptions. Australian Psychologist, 55(5), 488-497.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2020 Starr, T. S., & Oxlad, M. (2020). News media stories about cancer on Facebook: How does story framing influence response framing, tone and attributions of responsibility?. Health (London, England : 1997), 25(6), 1363459320912817.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Lockton, J. B., Oxlad, M., & Due, C. (2020). Knowing How to Help: Grandmothers’ Experiences of Providing and Receiving Support Following Their Child’s Pregnancy Loss. Women and Birth.
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    2020 Drioli-Phillips, P. G., Oxlad, M., Feo, R., Scholz, B., & Le Couteur, A. (2020). “I feel abused by my own mind”: themes of control in men’s online accounts of living with anxiety. Qualitative Health Research, 30(13), 2118-2131.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2020 Oxlad, M., Roberts, R., Chur-Hansen, A., Proeve, M., Auton, J., Sarris, A., & Tabe, A. (2020). Employing Multiple Mini Interviews in Selection Processes for Psychology Professional Training Programs: Ten Tips for Effective Implementation. MedEdPublish, 9(1).
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    2020 Obst, K. L., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2020). Australian men's experiences of leave provisions and workplace support following pregnancy loss or neonatal death. Community, Work and Family, 1-12.
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    2020 Scott, J., Oxlad, M., Dodd, J., Szabo, C., Deussen, A., & Turnbull, D. (2020). Creating healthy change in the preconception period for women with overweight or obesity: a qualitative study using the information-motivation-behavioural skills model. J Clin Med, 9(10), 1-20.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2020 Oxlad, M. J., Turnbull, D., Skinner, V., & Lekkas, D. (2020). An interprofessional education initiative between psychology and dentistry: an exploration of students’ perceptions of confidence. Higher Education Research and Development, 39(6), 1217-1231.
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    2020 Lockton, J., Due, C., & Oxlad, M. (2020). Love, Listen and Learn: Grandmothers’ Experiences of Grief Following Their Child’s Pregnancy Loss:. Women and Birth, 33(4), 401-407.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2020 Obst, K. L., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2020). Men's grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss: a systematic review and emerging theoretical model. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20(1), 11-1-11-17.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14 Europe PMC4
    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.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS21 Europe PMC15
    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.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC13
    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.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS28
    2010 Beatty, L., Oxlad, M., Koczwara, B., & Wade, T. D. (2010). A randomised pilot of a self-help workbook intervention for breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18(12), 1597-1603.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC6
    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.
    DOI Scopus88 WoS85
    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.
    DOI Scopus54 WoS46 Europe PMC31
    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.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS29 Europe PMC22
    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.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS21 Europe PMC16
    2006 Oxlad, M., Stubberfield, J., Stuklis, R., Edwards, J., & Wade, T. D. (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.
    DOI Scopus59 WoS53 Europe PMC43
    2006 Oxlad, M., & Wade, T. D. (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.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS7 Europe PMC6
    2006 Oxlad, M., Stubberfield, J., Stuklis, R., Edwards, J., & Wade, T. D. (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.
    DOI Scopus42 WoS42 Europe PMC30
    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.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC4
    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.
    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), 451-464.
    DOI Scopus10
    1996 Oxlad, M. (1996). Caregivers and depression: Are some caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease more at risk?. Health Care in Later Life, 1(4), 223-231.
    1995 Oxlad, M., & Baldwin, S. (1995). Electroconvulsive Therapy, Children and Adolescents: The Power to stop. Nursing Ethics, 2(4), 333-346.
    DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC5
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2000 Baldwin, S., & Oxlad, M. (2000). Electroshock and Minors A Fifty-year Review. Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2013 Beatty, L., & Oxlad, M. (2013). Psychological approaches to assisting individuals diagnosed with cancer. In M. Caltabiano, & L. Ricciardelli (Eds.), Applied Topics in Health Psychology (1 ed., pp. 376-390). United Kingdom: Wiley.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2007 Hallsworth, L., Oxlad, M. J., Koczwara, B., & Wade, T. D. (2007). Effects of a Self-help Workbook on the Psychosocial Adjustment of Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomised Controlled Trial. In Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology Vol. 3 (pp. A50). Adelaide: Wiley.
    2007 Hallsworth, L., Oxlad, M. J., Koczwara, B., & Wade, T. D. (2007). Effects of a Self-help Workbook Intervention on the Psychosocial Adjustment of Breast Cancer Survivors. In Combined Abstracts of 2007 Australian Psychology Conferences (pp. 280-281). Brisbane.
    2004 Oxlad, M. J., & Wade, T. D. (2004). Self-Regulation Theory in Pre-operative Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients. In International Journal of Behavioral Medicine Vol. 11 (pp. 78). Mainz, Germany: Springer Verlag.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Scott, J., Oxlad, M., Dodd, J., Szabo, C., Deussen, A., & Turnbull, D. (2021). Intervention mapping of the "Begin Better" program for preconception weight management. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE. SPRINGER.
    2020 Obst, K. L., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (2020). Factors contributing to men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal death: further development of an emerging model in an Australian sample. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Annual Florey Postgraduate Research Conference.
    2019 MEN'S GRIEF FOLLOWING PREGNANCY LOSS AND NEONATAL LOSS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW (2019). Poster session presented at the meeting of Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Wiley.
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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. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (ICBM 2012), as published in International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Budapest, Hungary: Springer US.
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    2011 Hayes, D., Oxlad, M. J., Boynton, A., Bond, M., Virieux, A., & Amato, R. (2011). Psychological Experiences of Related Bone Marrow Donors. Poster session presented at the meeting of Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand Scientific Meeting. Sydney.
    2003 Oxlad, M. J., & Wade, T. D. (2003). The Role of Illness Representations in Adjustment to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. Poster session presented at the meeting of 26th Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy National Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
    Obst, K., Due, C., Oxlad, M., & Middleton, P. (n.d.). Men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss: A systematic review and emerging theoretical model. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference. Research Square Platform LLC.
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  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Plater, D., Nicholls, H., Basso, S., Brunacci, A., Holt, J., Jacobs, J., . . . Washusen, B. (2021). Providing a Voice to the Vulnerable: A study of Communication Assistance in South Australia (16). Adelaide: South Australian Law Reform Institute.
    2021 Australian Postgraduate Psychology Education Simulation Working Group. (2021). Guidelines for the Incorporation of Simulated Learning Activities in Postgraduate Psychology Training.
    2019 Williams, J., Plater, D., Brunacci, A., Kapadia, S., & Oxlad, M. J. (2019). Abortion: A Review of South Australian Law and Practice (13). Adelaide: South Australian Law Reform Institute.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2019 Lockton, J. B., Due, C., & Oxlad, M. (2019). When a baby is stillborn, grandparents are hit with ‘two lots of grief’. Here’s how we can help". The Conversation.

University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship/Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources; supervising Adam Carter and Porscha Hrvatin 2021/22. $AUD1200.

University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship; supervised Tessa Gloede 2020/21. $AUD1200.

Oxlad, M. (2020). Student perceptions of simulation-based learning in professional psychology training programs. School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, $AUD3185. Principal Investigator.      

Gayatri, M., Suparman, S., Barasabha, T., Madjri, A., Turnbull, D., Oxlad, M., Pratiwi, W., & Puteri, VA. (2020). Psychological Perspectives Among Women with Infertility: A Qualitative Study in Malang, Indonesia. Universitas Brawijaya, IRP 23,000,000 (Approx. AUD$2300). Co-Investigator.

Oxlad, M. (2019). Employment Experiences when Living with Multiple Sclerosis. School of Psychology Research Committee Funding, University of Adelaide, $AUD 3500. Principal Investigator.

Dorstyn, D., Roberts, R., Kneebone, I., Craig, S., & Oxlad, M. (2019). Development and Evaluation of an Online Education and Peer-Supported Intervention for Job-Seekers with Multiple Sclerosis: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. MSRA Incubator Grant, Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, $AUD 25,000.

Stow, L., Oxlad, M., Zilm, P., Wilson, D., & Van Den Heuvel, C. (2019). Stress as a Barrier to Optimal Clinical Performance in Third-Year Dental Students. RIGB Small Grant, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide, $AUD 11,102. Co-Investigator.

Oxlad, M. (2019). Peer Support in Cancer. Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences New Appointment Funding, University of Adelaide, $AUD 5000. Principal Investigator.

Oxlad, M. (2009). The Experience of Related Bone Marrow Donors: Qualitative Assessment of Donor Support Needs and Health Behaviours. School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, $AUD 1540. Principal Investigator.                  

Oxlad, M. (2004). Travel Grant – for oral presentation at 8th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz, Germany. School of Psychology Conference Travel Grant, Flinders University, $AUD 750. Principal Investigator.

Oxlad, M. (2004). Travel Grant – for oral presentation at 8th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz, Germany. Flinders University Scholarships Office Research Student Conference Travel Grant, Flinders University,      $AUD 2630. Principal Investigator.

Oxlad, M. (2002). Psychological Adjustment and its Effects on Physical Outcomes Following Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG). Flinders University Research Budget, Flinders University, $AUD 1441. Principal Investigator.

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
2020 - Present Psychology Internships (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 - Present  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
2020 Advanced Career and Research Skills (PSYCHOL 3011A) Undergraduate (Level III)
2020 - Present  Psychology Internships (PSYCHOL 3028) Undergraduate (Level II/Level III)
2018 - Present    Current Issues in Psychology (PSYCHOL 4302) Undergraduate (Level IV/Honours)
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 Big Picture Psychology: Global Challenges, Psychological Perspectives (PSYCHOL 2008) Undergraduate (Level II)
2018 Introduction to Psychology (PSYCHOL 1100) Postgraduate (Graduate entry)
2017 Research Methods in Psychology (PSYCHOL 1004) Undergraduate (Level I)
2017 Psychology 1B (PSYCHOL 1001) Undergraduate (Level I)
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)

  

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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
    2021 Co-Supervisor Conversation Analysis of Patient-Therapist Interactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas James Bradshaw
    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
    2019 Co-Supervisor Pre-conception Weight management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Jodie Michelle Scott
    2018 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 Miss Kate Louise Obst
    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 - 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
    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
    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 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 Phoebe Drioli-Phillips
    2021 - ongoing 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 Naomi Thornthwaite
    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 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 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 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 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 Part 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 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
    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 Part Time Ms Shazleen Azeez
    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 Part 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 Full Time Ms Lydia Kovacev
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists National Committee Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2020 - ongoing 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 - ongoing Secretary Australian Psychological Society SA 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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136411
  • Email: melissa.oxlad@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 7
  • Room: 7 16
  • Org Unit: School of Psychology

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