Researcher biography

Mel’s research uses social and health psychology theories to understand altruistic behaviour such as donating substances of human origin (e.g., organs/tissue, blood, bone marrow/stem cells, breast milk, faecal microbiota). Mel has worked in research roles for over a decade in academic and non-profit organisations and has undertaken competitive university and industry-based research fellowships which focused on mitigating social or health problems. Mel is particularly interested in applied research that contributes to solving real world problems. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including many focused on organ donation and communicating donation wishes as well as volunteering, psychooncology, healthy and risky behaviours, and road safety, that have been published in Health Psychology, Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine Reviews, Progress in Transplantation, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Psycho-Oncology, and Accident Analysis and Prevention.