Melissa is a clinical psychologist working in the area of psychosis, trauma and substance use research and treatment. Melissa also works in private practice and as a manager developing and implementing a model of Trauma Informed Care and Practice for a public health Alcohol and Drug Service. She holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research.
Over the last 10 years Melissa’s worked in a range of mental health settings but has largely focused on working with young people with psychosis.
Melissa has been working with other researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience to try to understand more about the relationship between trauma, psychosis or extreme states, substance use and distress. She is a founding member and the national convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychosis and Psychology Interest Group and founding member and secretary of the Australian branch of the International Society for Psychological and Social approaches to Psychosis (ISPS).