A/Prof. Melissa O'Shea



Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology


Faculty of Health


School of Psychology


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 524 79486


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A pragmatic preference trial of therapeutic yoga as an adjunct to group cognitive behaviour therapy versus group CBT alone for depression and anxiety

Melissa O'Shea, Hannah Capon, David Skvarc, Subhadra Evans, Shane McIver, Jill Harris, Emma Houston, Michael Berk

(2022), Vol. 307, pp. 1-10, Journal of Affective Disorders, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Integration of hatha yoga and evidence-based psychological treatments for common mental disorders: An evidence map

M O'Shea, H Capon, S Evans, J Agrawal, G Melvin, J O'Brien, S McIver

(2022), pp. 1-41, Journal of Clinical Psychology, London, Eng., C1

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Evaluating telehealth lifestyle therapy versus telehealth psychotherapy for reducing depression in adults with COVID-19 related distress: the curbing anxiety and depression using lifestyle medicine (CALM) randomised non-inferiority trial protocol

Lauren Young, Steve Moylan, Tayla John, Megan Turner, Rachelle Opie, Meghan Hockey, Dean Saunders, Courtney Bruscella, Felice Jacka, Megan Teychenne, Simon Rosenbaum, Khyati Banker, Sophie Mahoney, Monica Tembo, Jerry Lai, Niamh Mundell, Grace McKeon, Murat Yucel, Jane Speight, Pilvikki Absetz, Vincent Versace, Mary Chatterton, Michael Berk, Sam Manger, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Mark Morgan, Anna Chapman, Craig Bennett, Melissa O’Shea, Tetyana Rocks, Sarah Leach, Adrienne O’Neil

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-13, BMC Psychiatry, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Stakeholder views on mindfulness for youth at risk for psychosis

D Reich, S Evans, M O’Shea

(2022), Vol. 31, pp. 1390-1404, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Australia, C1

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"The only man on the mat": yoga as a therapeutic pathway for men's mental health

S McIver, M O’Shea, B Nixon, Z Seidler, S Evans

(2022), Vol. 57, pp. 271-279, Australian Psychologist, C1

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Exploring Forest Therapy as an Adjunct to Treatment as Usual within a Community Health Counselling Service

S Evans, A Livingstone, M Dodds, D Kotte, M Geertsema, M O’Shea

(2022), Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, C1

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Telehealth service delivery in an Australian regional mental health service during COVID-19: a mixed methods analysis

M Chatterton, E Marangu, E Clancy, M Mackay, E Gu, S Moylan, A Langbein, M O’Shea

(2022), Vol. 16, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, England, C1

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The temporal effect of emotional distress on psychological and physical functioning in endometriosis: A 12-month prospective study

C Dowding, A Mikocka-Walus, D Skvarc, L Van Niekerk, M O'Shea, L Olive, M Druitt, S Evans

(2022), Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, England, C1

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Benefits and Challenges of an Online CBT Group, Utilizing Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Paradigm for Psychology Trainees

C Jona, J Sheen, M O’Shea

(2022), pp. 1-8, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C., C1

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Self-Disclosure in a Self-Practice/Self-Reflection CBT Group in Professional Psychology Training

C Jona, J Sheen, K Anderson, M O’Shea

(2022), pp. 1-9, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C., C1

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Yoga complements cognitive behaviour therapy as an adjunct treatment for anxiety and depression: Qualitative findings from a mixed-methods study

H Capon, M O’Shea, S Evans, S McIver

(2021), Vol. 94, pp. 1015-1035, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, England, C1

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Evidence Map of Mindfulness for Stages of Psychosis: State of the Literature and Implications for Future Research

D Reich, S Evans, B Nelson, T Hickey, M O’Shea

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 1860-1877, Mindfulness, C1

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Yoga, cognitive-behavioural therapy versus education to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs in people with endometriosis: A randomised controlled trial

A Mikocka-Walus, M Druitt, M O'Shea, D Skvarc, J Watts, A Esterman, J Tsaltas, S Knowles, J Harris, C Dowding, E Parigi, S Evans

(2021), Vol. 11, BMJ Open, England, C1

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The utility of threshold concepts for clinical psychology education programmes

T Laing, J Sheen, K Nicola-Richmond, G Pépin, M O’Shea

(2021), Vol. 25, pp. 316-328, Clinical Psychologist, C1

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Yoga and mental health: a synthesis of qualitative findings

H Capon, M O'Shea, S McIver

(2019), Vol. 37, pp. 122-132, Complementary therapies in clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Youth Depression Alleviation-Augmentation with an anti-inflammatory agent (YoDA-A): protocol and rationale for a placebo-controlled randomized trial of rosuvastatin and aspirin

A Quinn, O Dean, C Davey, M Kerr, S Harrigan, S Cotton, A Chanen, S Dodd, A Ratheesh, G Amminger, M Phelan, A Williams, A Mackinnon, F Giorlando, S Baird, S Rice, M O'Shea, M Schäfer, E Mullen, S Hetrick, P McGorry, M Berk

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 45-54, Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Australia, C1

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Early adolescents' temperament, emotion regulation during mother-child interactions, and depressive symptomatology

M Yap, N Allen, M O'Shea, P Di Parsia, J Simmons, L Sheeber

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 267-282, Development and Psychopathology, United States, C1-1

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A qualitative evaluation of a regional early psychosis service 3 years after its commencement

T Callaly, C Ackerly, M Hyland, S Dodd, M O'Shea, M Berk

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 382-385, Australian health review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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Description and qualitative evaluation of Jigsaw, an integrated young persons' mental health program

T Callaly, S Dodd, C Ackerly, P Hantz, M O'Shea, M Berk

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 480-483, Australasian Psychiatry, London, England, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Improving parent and child emotion regulation in early childhood to reduce population rates of child mental illness

A/Prof Elizabeth Westrupp, Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Jamie Thomas, Prof Maia Angelova Turkedjieva, Dr Sophie Havighurst, A/Prof Subhadra Evans, Dr Lisa Olive, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Mrs Maria Bates, Dr Christane Kehoe

NHMRC - Ideas Grant

  • 2023: $38,409

Other Public Sector Funding

Deakin Family Options: A randomized controlled trial of enhanced cognitive therapy and family education for youth depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

A/Prof Andrew Lewis, Prof John Toumbourou, Prof Lina Ricciardelli, A/Prof Tess Knight, Ms Melanie Bertino, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Ms Reima Pryor

Beyondblue Grant - Research

  • 2012: $11,837
  • 2011: $106,533

Establishment of a Translational Mental Health Research Program.

A/Prof Melissa O'Shea

Barwon Health

  • 2023: $75,000
  • 2022: $75,000
  • 2021: $75,000
  • 2020: $75,000

An evaluation of the first two years of implementation of the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship (AMHLF).

A/Prof Sandeep Reddy, A/Prof Grant Phelps, Mr John Rasa, Mr Imran Muhammad, A/Prof Martin Hensher, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Michael Berk

National Mental Health Commission

  • 2021: $25,652
  • 2020: $51,305

Industry and Other Funding

Improving physical and mental health and wellbeing

A/Prof Subhadra Evans, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea

Fernwood Foundation

  • 2018: $63,000
  • 2017: $50,000

Industry Partnership: Deakin University and Barwon Child Youth and Families.

A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Jane McGillivray, Kate Morrissey

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2023: $36,130
  • 2022: $55,532
  • 2021: $47,485
  • 2020: $45,270
  • 2019: $65,672

An examination of an interprofessional models and partnership between headspace Geelong and Deakin University for the youth mental health workforce.

A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, A/Prof Genevieve Pepin

Barwon Child, Youth & Family

  • 2021: $64,000
  • 2020: $96,000

A Listening and Learning Healthcare System approach to improve outcomes for acute-care mental health consumers in the Barwon-Southwest Victoria Region.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Prof Michael Berk, A/Prof Olivia Dean, Prof Felice Jacka, Prof Adrienne O'Neil, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Rajesh Vasa, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Elijah Marangu, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Dr Mary Lou Chatterton, Miss Sally Buchanan-Hagen

Western Alliance

  • 2023: $79,045
  • 2021: $118,568


Principal Supervisor

Tara Laing

Thesis entitled: Threshold Concepts in Clinical Psychology Education

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Hannah Capon

Thesis entitled: The lived experiences of yoga as a mental health treatment

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Executive Supervisor

Celine Jona

Thesis entitled: Self-disclosure and self-practice/self-reflection in clinical psychology training

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology


Daniel Reich

Thesis entitled: Mindfulness with Individuals at Risk for Psychosis

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor

Addy Jean Dunkley-Smith

Thesis entitled: Self-Compassion for Children of Parents with Mental Illness: Theory and Practice

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology