PhD (University of London)
Current Position at QUT (Commenced June 2016; currently 0.2 FTE)
- Former Discipline Lead of Health, Safety and Environment in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Health
- Former Course Coordinator, Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and Master of Health, Safety and Environment
- Researcher in Climate Change Adaptation, Empowerment and Wellbeing, Environmental Health and Aboriginal Health
- 1987 Ph.D. (Infectious Disease Epidemiology) Imperial College of Science and Technology,University of London, UK. (Professor RM Anderson, supervisor)
- 1982 M.Sc. (Bacteriology and Immunology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.(Professor Lindsay Hutt-Fletcher, supervisor)
- 1980 B.A. (Biology), Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, USA.
Additional Educational Experience
- 2011 Trauma and Resilience – Theory and Practice from the Israeli Experience, Hebrew University
- 2008 Certificate III Family Well Being Empowerment Program, Four Stages plus Facilitator Training, Cairns TAFE and James Cook University
- 2003 Mental Health Outcomes Training, Queensland Health
- 1995 National Short Course Environmental Health: Assessing and Managing Risk, Flinders University, Adelaide University and SA Health Commission
Melissa and collaborators from University of Sydney and University of Sydney, together with multiple Torres Strait governance organisations, have just completed a Sector Adaptation Planning project (SAP+) entitled, Sharing for Solutions: Comprehensive Community-Based Climate Change Health and Wellbeing Impact Assessment to enhance community health service and cross-sectional engagement and planning in the Torres Strait Islands funded by the Department of Environment and Science (June 2022).