Dr Shane McIver



Lecturer, Learning Futures


Deakin Learning Futures


Teaching Capability & Innov


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2007
Bachelor of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, 2002


+61 3 925 17263

Career highlights


2017: O’Hara, J., Beauchamp, A., McIver, S., McPhee, C., Shih, S. Identifying ways to improve adherence to podiatric treatment. HSD Whole School Grant: ($30,000)
2015: McIver, S., Murphy, B., Beauchamp, A., Hakman, N: Self-assessment project: HSD School Grant ($5,000)
2010: Murphy, B. McIver, S. Thinking and working outside the square:
Building a community of reflective practice: Deakin STALGS Grant ($40,000)
McIver, S. Discovery Grant, VicHealth: ($5,000)
McIver, S. Teaching and Learning Grant: Deakin ($3,000)
Weil, J., Philip, J., Gold, M., Rotstein, L., McIver, S.
Development of palliative care training modules for health care professionals.
Palliative Care Grant, Department of Human Services: ($15,000)
Philip, J., Gold, M., Weil, J. McIver, S.
COPD versus cancer treatment trajectories
Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF): ($40,000)
Philip J., Gold, M., Komesaroff, P., McIver, S.
The experience of COPD patients and their carers
Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF): ($40,000)

Research interests

My research focuses on evaluation methods - particularly the evaluation of meditation-based and alternative approaches to wellbeing, exemplified through eastern traditions such as yoga (physical health) and mindfulness (mental health). These modalities charter the course from healing to health (therapy), to ultra-health, to the superlative (high-end performance, including teaching and learning).


Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA)

Teaching interests

I draw on Friere’s (1976) metacognition theories, Moon’s (2002) experiential learning and reflective practices and Boler’s Pedagogy of Discomfort (1999) to create transitions from surface to deep learning, and to empower students through thought-provoking content and delivery. 

Units taught

Unit Chair for: HSH105 Understanding Families and Health/HSH206 Health and Human Development/HSH313 Contemporary Health Issues

Knowledge areas

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Reflective Practice, Assessment and Evaluation
Mixed-methods Research
Meditation-based approaches to health and wellbeing



Outcomes from self-assessment in higher education.
McIver, S., Murphy, B., Beauchamp, A., Hakman, N.
International Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in Health Care Professions. October 18-21, 2015. Washington DC.

Wrestling with the Angel:  Examining challenges and opportunities for exploring hope and meaning within Palliative Care.
Piele, D., McIver, S., Gold, M. 20th International Congress on Palliative Care: 40 Years of Sharing, Inspiring, Renewing. September 9-12, 2014. Montréal, Canada.

How might education help? Outcomes from redeveloping a determinants-led University subject with over 2,000 students. McIver, S., Hakman, N. AHPA Equity at the Centre Conference. September 3 – 5, 2014. Alice Springs, Australia.

Using the Ottawa Charter to map perspectives from leaders in the health field.
Zosel, R, McIver, S. AHPA Equity at the Centre Conference. September 3 – 5, 2014. Alice Springs, Australia.

Healing Without Cure:  Mapping pathways for improving quality of life for the grieving and the bereaved. McIver, S. Social Sciences Conference. November 17-19, 2012. University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Integrating Complementary Therapies within Clinical and Residential Settings
McIver, S. Day-hospital, day-surgery and home healthcare – improvement from technological advancements. December 15 – 18, 2011. Ravello, Italy.

Ordinary and Profound: Drawing on Conversation Learning to Identify Innovative Practice in Higher Education. McIver, S., Murphy, B. The 5th International Conference of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 2 – 5 August, 2010. University of Cambridge, UK.

Yoga as a treatment for binge eating: Triangulated findings from a mixed-methods controlled trial. McIver, S. North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. May 12-15, 2009. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Research groups

National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM)


2013 Health and Social Development Award for Teaching Excellence
2013 Health and Social Development Award for Service Excellence


Current projects:

Evaluating outcomes from the Soldier Recovery Centre programs (Defence Force - Army)

Implementing a meditation-based intervention for incarcerated youth and detention centre staff (Department of Justice, NSW)


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One size may not fit all: A mapping review of yoga-based interventions for the treatment of eating disorders

Eleanor Trethewey, Subhadra Evans, Shane McIver, Jennifer O'Brien, Janet Lowndes, Genevieve Pepin, Melissa O'Shea

(2023), Vol. 53, pp. 1-21, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A scoping review of integrated yoga and psychological approaches for the treatment of eating disorders

J O’Brien, S Evans, S McIver, M O’Shea

(2023), Vol. 11, pp. 1-14, Journal of Eating Disorders, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Yoga as an adjunct treatment for the eating disorders: A qualitive enquiry of clinician perspectives

E Trethewey, S McIver, S Evans, J O'Brien, M O'Shea

(2023), Vol. 53, pp. 1-9, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Understanding collaborative and coordinated care in a mental health and well‐being context: Essential elements for effective service integration

Bronwyn Williams, Rosemary Charleston, Stanley Innes, Shane McIver

(2023), pp. 1-12, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Comparing 12-Month Outcomes for Group CBT Versus Group CBT Plus Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: a Mixed-Methods Study

M O’Shea, E Houston, D Skvarc, H Capon, S McIver, M Berk, J Harris, B Chandler, S Evans

(2023), pp. 1-29, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

What just happened? Student perspectives on health promotion placements during COVID-19

S McIver, B Murphy

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 329-335, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

"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

journal article

Cultural proficiency starts here: Drawing on staff and student perceptions to Indigenise curricula

S McIver, B Murphy, L Curran, A Parrish

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 67-75, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

Beyond the safe and censored: outcomes from student experiences within a pedagogy of discomfort

S McIver, B Murphy

(2022), Vol. 37, pp. 1-10, Health Promotion International, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

Self-assessment and what happens over time: Student and staff perspectives, expectations and outcomes

S McIver, B Murphy

(2021), Active Learning in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Reducing stress and burnout in the public-sector work environment: a mindfulness meditation pilot study

Elizabeth Vella, Shane McIver

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 219-227, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

Healing fears, conquering challenges: narrative outcomes from a wilderness therapy program

S McIver, E Senior, Z Francis

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 392-404, Journal of creativity in mental health, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

One false move: a singular account of multiple outcomes arising from drink‐driving

S Mciver, D van den Hoek

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 133-139, Health promotion journal of Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

I wish I understood this so I could make it change : results from a Web-Based Survey Investigating Weight Loss and Regain

S Mciver, R Tayeh

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, International journal of complementary and alternative medicine, Edmond, Okla., C1

journal article

Australian resident doctors want more palliative medicine education : a survey of attitudes and perceived needs

J Weil, M Gold, S McIver, L Rotstein, J Philip

(2012), Vol. 47, pp. 828-830, Internal medicine journal, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Between a rock and a hard place: exploring the conflict between respecting the privacy of patients and informing their carers

M Gold, J Philip, S McIver, P Komesaroff

(2009), Vol. 39, pp. 582-587, Internal medicine journal, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Yoga as a treatment for binge eating disorder : a preliminary study

S McIver, P O'Halloran, M McGartland

(2009), Vol. 17, pp. 196-202, Complementary therapies in medicine, Kidlington, England, C1

journal article

'Overeating is not about the food' : women describe their experience of a yoga treatment program for binge eating

S McIver, M McGartland, P O'Halloran

(2009), Vol. 19, pp. 1234-1245, Qualitative health research, Thousand Oaks, CA, C1

journal article

Oddsocks at the Melbourne Fringe Festival : a methods paper for using an arts installation in promoting public health

P Robinson, S McIver, J Rumbold, B Rankin, R Hawkins, B Colliver, B Rumbold

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 250-253, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Milton, Qld., C1-1

journal article

The impact of hatha yoga on smoking behavior

S McIver, P O'Halloran, M McGartland

(2004), Vol. 10, pp. 22-23, Alternative therapies in health and medicine, Aliso Viejo, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

How weight loss might be maintained: the development of a web-based survey.

Dr Shane McIver

VicHealth Grant - Small Research Grant

  • 2008: $4,650



Sarah Catherine Burgess

Thesis entitled: Preparing pre-clinical medical students for learning in the clinical environment

Master of Philosophy (Medicine), School of Medicine

Associate Supervisor

Hannah Capon

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

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology