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Dr Melissa Hayden



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Melbourne Burwood Campus

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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A Randomised Controlled Trial of Inhibitory Control Training for Smoking Cessation: Outcomes, Mediators and Methodological Considerations

L Hughes, M Hayden, J Bos, N Lawrence, G Youssef, R Borland, P Staiger

(2021), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Psychology, Switzerland, C1

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Pre-operative Restraint and Post-operative Hunger, Disinhibition and Emotional Eating Predict Weight Loss at 2 Years Post-laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

A Hindle, X De la Piedad Garcia, M Hayden, P O’Brien, L Brennan

(2020), Vol. 30, pp. 1347-1359, Obesity Surgery, United States, C1

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The Effect of Visual Articulatory Information on the Neural Correlates of Non-native Speech Sound Discrimination

J Plumridge, M Barham, D Foley, A Ware, G Clark, N Albein-Urios, M Hayden, J Lum

(2020), Vol. 14, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Switzerland, C1

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Preconception and antenatal knowledge and beliefs about gestational weight gain

B Hill, M Hayden, S McPhie, C Bailey, H Skouteris

(2019), Vol. 59, pp. 634-640, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Australia, C1

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UPPS-P impulsive personality traits and adolescent cigarette smoking: A meta-analysis

J Bos, M Hayden, J Lum, P Staiger

(2019), Vol. 197, pp. 335-343, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Ireland, C1

journal article

A randomized controlled trial of inhibitory control training for smoking cessation and reduction

J Bos, P Staiger, M Hayden, L Hughes, G Youssef, N Lawrence

(2019), Vol. 87, pp. 831-843, Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

Cognitive impairment during pregnancy: A meta-analysis

S Davies, J Lum, H Skouteris, L Byrne, M Hayden

(2018), Vol. 208, pp. 35-40, Medical Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

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A randomised controlled trial examining the efficacy of smoking-related response inhibition training in smokers: A study protocol

P Staiger, M Hayden, K Guo, L Hughes, J Bos, N Lawrence

(2018), Vol. 18, BMC Public Health, England, C1

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Meta-analysis of the relationship between impulsivity and substance-related cognitive biases

D Leung, P Staiger, M Hayden, J Lum, K Hall, V Manning, A Verdejo-Garcia

(2017), Vol. 172, pp. 21-33, Drug and alcohol dependence, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Acquiring research-grade ERPs on a shoestring budget: A comparison of a modified Emotiv and commercial SynAmps EEG system

M Barham, G Clark, M Hayden, P Enticott, R Conduit, J Lum

(2017), Vol. 54, pp. 1393-1404, Psychophysiology, United States, C1

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Maternal depressive and anxiety symptoms, self-esteem, body dissatisfaction and preschooler obesity: a cross-sectional study

P Benton, H Skouteris, M Hayden

(2016), Vol. 186, pp. 799-814, Early child development and care, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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

P Benton, H Skouteris, M Hayden

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

journal article

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

S Mcphie, H Skouteris, B Hill, M Hayden

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

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Attentional biases for food cues in overweight and individuals with obesity: a systematic review of the literature

J Hendrikse, R Cachia, E Kothe, S McPhie, H Skouteris, M Hayden

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 424-432, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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

M Hayden, K Murphy, W Brown, P O'Brien

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

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

M Hayden, W Brown, L Brennan, P O’Brien

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

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

K Henshall, A Sergejew, C McKay, G Rance, T Shea, M Hayden, H Innes-Brown, D Copolov

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

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Characterization of the improvement in depressive symptoms following Bariatric surgery

M Hayden, J Dixon, M Dixon, T Shea, P O’Brien

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

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

M Hayden, M Dixon, J Dixon, J Playfair, P O’Brien

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

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

M Hayden, J Dixon, M Dixon, P O’Brien

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

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

J Dixon, C Laurie, M Anderson, M Hayden, M Dixon, P O’Brien

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

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

M Hayden, J Dixon, L Piterman, P O’Brien

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

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

J Dixon, M Hayden, G Lambert, T Dawood, M Anderson, M Dixon, P O’Brien

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

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

Sasha Davies

Thesis entitled: Behavioural and psychophysiological indices of cognitive differences during pregnancy

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Karen Guo

Thesis entitled: Impulsivity and smoking: Development of a smoking cessation treatment

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Jessica Newhouse

Thesis entitled: The Role of Impulsivity in Obesity and Weight-Loss Maintenance

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor

James Plumridge

Thesis entitled: Language knowledge and visual speech processing: An EEG investigation

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Anna Ware

Thesis entitled: The Neural Substrates of Cognitive Control in Bilinguals

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Jason Bos

Thesis entitled: Targeting Impulsivity to Facilitate the Cessation of Cigarette Smoking

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Pree Benton

Thesis entitled: Maternal depression, anxiety, body dissatisfaction and self-esteem: do they increase the risk of pre-schooler obesity?

Doctor of Psychology (Health), School of Psychology