Researcher biography

Melissa is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Queensland, and a MA in Psychology from the University of Auckland.

Melissa's research focuses on equity, life course transitions and wellbeing. She has substantial experience in research that impacts policy and practice, having worked closely with Government Departments (at state and federal level) in Australia. She has extensive experience in mixed methods research, including using administrative data together with survey and qualitative data. Melissa is currently leading the Modes of Delivery in Higher Education project, on behalf of the Department of Education.