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Dr Melinda Craike

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45552 +61 3 924 45552



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 2005

Professional activities


  • International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Psychooncology
  • Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Integrative Cancer Therapies
  • Journal of Cancer Survivorship
  • Journal of Physical Activity & Health
  • Leisure/Loisir
  • Annals of Leisure Research
  • Journal of Leisure Research
  • World Leisure Journal


  • Member of Deakin University Human Ethics Advisory Group - Faculty of Health (HEAG-H) (2013-present)
  • Member of Eastern Health Low Risk Human Research Ethics Committee (2012-2013)
  • Member of Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group (VOCOG) Psycho Oncology Committee 2008-present
  • Member of Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) 2008-2011.
  • Member of ANZALS (Australia, New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies), 2003-2008.
  • Member of LSA (Leisure Studies Association), 2007-2008
  • Griffith University Alumni Association, 1998-present
  • Academic representative on Coursework Committee, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, Victoria University, 2005-2007
  • Organising committee for 2008 ANZALS Conference, 2006-2008.
  • Selection Officer, Bachelor of Recreation Management degree, 2006-present


Expertise summary

Dr Melinda Craike is a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and a Senior Research Fellow in the Preventative Health Care Group, Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research. Dr Craike completed her Ph.D on the social psychological determinants of physical activity at Griffith University, Brisbane in 2005. Since then, her work has focused on the examination of factors that influence quality of life and psychological health and designing and evaluating effective interventions that aim to promote positive health and wellbeing. She has expertise in determinants and outcomes of physical activity, behaviour change theory and supportive care interventions that improve psychological health and quality of life for a range of population groups, with a particular focus on people with chronic illness. Throughout her research career, Dr Craike has employed diverse research methods and designs, including randomized controlled trials, prospective designs, quantitative cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, qualitative interviews and focus groups, retrospective audits, and secondary analysis of datasets. Dr Craike has successfully managed several research projects to completion and has established partnerships with a range of organisations, including public and private health services, the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. She has published peer reviewed manuscripts, many as lead author, in national and international journals. She has also presented her work at national and international conferences and has received several awards for her work.

Knowledge areas

Improving quality of life and psychosocial outcomes for various population groups

Determinants and outcomes of physical activity;

Behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity;

Student supervision


  • 2012- present Sally Buchanan-Hagen Honours, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University
  • 2012 Patrick Owen, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University (completed)
  • 2009-2010: Claire Spellman, Honours, School of Nursing, Deakin University (completed)
  • 2009: Julie van der Klift, Honours, School of Nursing, Deakin University (completed)
  • 2008-2009: Vivian Mac, Honours, School of Nursing Deakin University (completed)
  • 2008-2009: Stephanie Hunter, Honours, School of Nursing, Deakin University (completed)
  • 2008-2009: John Lippman, Masters of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Deakin University (completed)


Awards and prizes

  • Second Prize: Best Psycho-Oncology Award at the 12th Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference, for the study entitled, ‘The Role of Cancer Specialists in Advising On Physical Activity: A Pilot Study’.
  • Award for Outstanding Presentation. 2009 Growing Research Together.  Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Research Conference, Deakin University.
  • Award for Best Poster 2nd. CENA 7th International Conference for Emergency Nursing, 7th—10th October 2009, Gold Coast Queensland.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2000-2003, $17,000 pa
  • Bursary from the Griffith University Postgraduate Student Association, 2002
  • Patience Thoms Honours Scholarship, 1999, $4,000
  • School of Leisure Studies Honours bursary, 1999
  • Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, 1998 and 1999
  • University Medal for outstanding Academic excellence in a Bachelors Degree Course and for obtaining First Class Honours, 1999
  • Leisure Management Award, 1998
  • Invited member of the Golden Key National Honour Society, 1996


Research projects


Associate Professor Patricia Livingston, Professor Jo Salmon, Professor Kerry Courneya, Dr Cadeyrn Gaskin, Professor Mari Botti, Dr Suzanne Broadbent and Professor Bridie Kent. ‘The Efficacy of a Referral and Physical Activity Program for Survivors of Prostate Cancer’
Granting Body: ARC Linkage Grant: ARC $312,831, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia $70,000


Dr Patricia Livingston, Dr Julie Considine, Professor Beverly O’Connell, Professor Mari Botti, Miss Vivian Mak. ‘Presentations to emergency departments due to chemotherapy-induced complications: opportunities for improving service delivery’.
Granting Body: Victorian Cancer Agency, $77,950

Dr Patricia Livingston, Dr Victoria White, Dr Michael Jefford, Dr Amanda Hordern, Professor Mari Botti, Dr Carrie Lethborg, and Dr John Oldroyd.
‘A nurse-assisted screening and referral program for depression among survivors of cancer: A pilot study’
Granting bodies: Beyondblue: $96,288 and Victorian Cancer Agency: $41,027

Research interests

Improving quality of life and psychosocial outcomes for various population groups

Determinants and outcomes of physical activity;

Behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity;

Research grants

Craike  MJ (AI). ‘Improving quality of life outcomes for people with multiple myeloma’. Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) Seeding Grant. Deakin University. $17,459. (Grant No. 2011-07-002)

Craike, M.J. (PI): An In-Depth Analysis of Factors that Influence Physical Activity Participation for Survivors of Prostate Cancer. Deakin University Faculty Development Grant. 2008, $11,000

Craike, M.J. (AI): Role of Emergency Departments in detection and referral of overweight children: a new preventative health strategy. Myrtle Ivy Quicke Scholarship, Royal College of Nursing, Australia, 2008, $8,000.

Craike, M.J. (PI): ‘A longitudinal study of the individual, social and environmental determinants of sport and physical activity of young women at transitional life stages’. Women in Sport Grant, Sport and Recreation Victoria. 2007-2009. $60,000 (plus $60,000 matching funding from VU).

Craike, M.J.  (CI): ‘Physical Activity in Children with Cerebral Palsy: The Experiences of Parents and Teachers Victoria University (VU Discovery Grant). 2006. $8,440

Craike, M.J. (PI):. ‘Evaluation of Active Script in Brimbank/Melton’.Brimbank Melton Primary Care Partnership. 2006-2007. $6,000.

Craike, M.J (CI): ‘Improving LIWC in the sport and recreation courses’. Victoria University Teaching and Learning Support Grant. 2007-2008. $18,835.

Craike, M.J (PI): ‘Scoping Study for ERASS Data’. Sport and Recreation Victoria and VicHealth, 2007-2008. $7,000.

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