PhD, BAppSc(OT) Hons
Melissa joined Charles Sturt University in 2011 as a member of the lecturing team in occupational therapy. Prior to working at CSU, Melissa worked in a Clinical Research position in brain injury rehabilitation and as an Occupational Therapy Lecturer and Honours Coordinator at the University of Sydney.
Melissa has interests in the areas of occupational performance, occupational analysis and intervention, and working with people who have complex needs following brain impairment including activity limitation dues to cognitive and sensory-motor impairments. Melissa completed her Doctor of Philosophy in 2008, thesis titled "Occupational performance and information processing in adults with agitation following brain injury". Melissa has a strong commitment to post-graduate research students, professional education and training, and mentoring of occupational therapy clinicians
Melissa has contributed to curriculum review of undergraduate and graduate entry masters programs for occupational therapy. She demonstrates a consistent desire to seek and integrate student feedback as well as ensuring clinical relevance of curriculum content.
Melissa prepares students for working in clinical based, multidisciplinary teams by creating opportunities for interprofessional learning, understanding roles of different health practitioners and the unique contribution of occupational therapists in multidisciplinary teams. Multi-media and web-based learning materials form a key component to content delivery; ensuring students can access relevant and current best practice information.
Melissa's research interests derive from the areas of clinical practice that she has worked in for more than 10 years. Research collaborations focus on the following areas of study:
Melissa is a regular contributor to peer-reviewed journals as an author and reviewer for occupational therapy specific and general rehabilitation journals. These include: