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Dr Melinda Craike is a Senior Research Fellow in the Preventative Health Care group, Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research. Dr Craike completed her PhD 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 mental health and designing and evaluating effective interventions that aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. She has expertise in behaviour change theory and supportive care interventions that improve the psychological health and wellbeing 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.
Dr Craike’s role in the SRC includes building research capacity through collaborating with members of the Centre to publish manuscripts in high-impact peer reviewed journals and submission of successful funding submissions, as well as through the provision of research expertise to assist with the intervention work of the group.