Dr Melissa Hayden





Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 43001

Research interests

Dr. Hayden's main area of research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of obesity, the difficulties with weight loss and weight loss prevention in adults and children. She is particularly interested in why most people are not able to maintain weight loss.

Teaching interests

HBS110: Health Behaviour

Dr Melissa Hayden has an interest in teaching undergraduate students in the area of health psychology. She primarily teaches within the Health Behaviour unit.

Health Behaviour aims to teach the skills, theories and concepts which underly behaviour modification. The unit focuses on individual behaviour change and the students undertake experiential and reflective learning approaches. 


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Understanding gestational weight gain: the role of weight-related expectations and knowledge

Dr Skye Mcphie, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Briony Hill, Dr Melissa Hayden

(2015), Vol. 55, pp. 21-26, Australian and New Zealand journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, London, Eng., C1


Does maternal psychopathology increase the risk of pre-schooler obesity? A systematic review

Ms Pree Benton, Prof Helen Skouteris, Dr Melissa Hayden

(2015), Vol. 87, pp. 259-282, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Axis I disorders in adjustable gastric band patients: the relationship between psychopathology and weight loss

Dr Melissa Hayden, K D Murphy, Wendy A. Brown, P O`Brien

(2014), Vol. 24, pp. 1469-1475, Obesity surgery, Dortrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Interhemispheric transfer time in patients with auditory hallucinations : an auditory event-related potential study

Katherine R. Henshall, Alex A. Sergejew, Colette M. McKay, Gary Rance, Tracey L. Shea, Dr Melissa Hayden, Hamish Innes-Brown, David L. Copolov

(2012), Vol. 84, pp. 130-139, International journal of psychophysiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Validity of the Beck Depression Inventory as a screening tool for a clinical mood disorder in Bariatric surgery candidates

Dr Melissa Hayden, Prof Wendy Brown, Dr Leah Brennan, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2012), Vol. 22, pp. 1666-1675, Obesity surgery, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Characterization of the improvement in depressive symptoms following Bariatric surgery

Dr Melissa Hayden, Dr John Dixon, Maureen E. Dixon, Tracey L. Shea, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 328-335, Obesity surgery, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Confirmatory factor analysis of the Beck Depression inventory in obese individuals seeking surgery

Dr Melissa Hayden, Dr John Dixon, Maureen E. Dixon, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2010), Vol. 20, pp. 432-439, Obesity surgery, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Perceived discrimination and stigmatisation against severely obese women : age and weight loss make a difference

Dr Melissa Hayden, Maureen E. Dixon, Dr John Dixon, Julie Playfair, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 7-14, Obesity facts, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Motivation, readiness to change, and weight loss following adjustable gastric band surgery

Dr John Dixon, Cheryl P. Laurie, Margaret Anderson, Dr Melissa Hayden, Maureen E. Dixon, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 698-705, Obesity, New York, N. Y., C1-1


Raised CRP levels in obese patients : symptoms of depression have an independent positive association

Dr John Dixon, Dr Melissa Hayden, Dr Gavin Lambert, Tye Dawood, Margaret Anderson, Maureen E. Dixon, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 2010-2015, Obesity, New York, N. Y., C1-1


Physician attitudes, beliefs and barriers towards the management and treatment of adult obesity : a literature review

Dr Melissa Hayden, Dr John Dixon, Prof Leon Piterman, Prof Paul O'Brien

(2008), Vol. 14, pp. 9-18, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1