Mel Taylor

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  • 497 Citations
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20082021
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Personal profile

Biography

Mel Taylor is an Occupational Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in the Organisational Psychology team at Macquarie University. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Mel’s early research experience was with the UK Ministry of Defence in Human Factors and Organisational Psychology. Since joining academia in Australia, in 2007, her research has focussesd on preparedness, response, and recovery to threats of relevance to national security. These are typically low probability, high consequence events such as natural hazards emergencies, pandemics, terrorism, and emergency animal diseases.  

Mel is a project leader in the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre; currently working in the area of flood risk communication, having recently completed a three-year project on best practice in animal emergency management.

Research interests

Mel specialises in applied research, usually working with policy developers and practitioners dealing with risk and public, occupational, or organisational safety. Key areas of research interest are psychosocial response and recovery, uptake of protective behaviours, and risk communication strategies.

 

Teaching

Mel currently convenes and teaches the following units in the Masters of Organisational Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma of Business Psychology programs

Training in Organisations (PSYO919)

Teams in the Workplace (PSYO939)

Organisational Change and Development (PSYO915)

Training in Organisations (PSYO967)

Teams in the Workplace (PSYO966)

Organisational Change and Development (PSYO965)

Research student supervision

Mel supervises students in PhD, Masters, and Honours programs. Research typically investigates protective behaviours, anticipated/actual responses, risk perception, and risk communication in one of the following risk contexts:

- natural hazards, e.g. bushfire, flood

- national security, e.g. CBRN terrorism, cybersecurity

- human disease, e.g. pandemics

- zoonotic disease, e.g. Hendra virus, ABLV

- animal emergency diseases, e.g. Equine Influenza, OJD

In addition to areas listed above, Mel's research supervision includes human behaviour in the context of the human-animal bond. e.g. animal emergency management, and also the use of social media in emergencies, and community resilience to, and recovery from disasters.

Community engagement

Mel is a strong advocate for community-led initiatives in emergency management. She is a member of Blue ARC Animal Ready Community, raising awareness of the need for preparedness and planning for animals in emergency management. She regularly provides media interviews and writes for practitioner magazines.

Research engagement

Mel is a member of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council for the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), and she is a member of Australian Women in Emergency Management. Mel reviews articles and grant applications on an ad hoc basis for a number of journals and international grant awarding authorities.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Cranfield University

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Durham University

External positions

Adjunct Fellow, University of Western Sydney

6 Jul 20155 Jul 2018

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Horses Medicine & Life Sciences
Human Influenza Medicine & Life Sciences
Hendra Virus Medicine & Life Sciences
Disease Outbreaks Medicine & Life Sciences
equine influenza Agriculture & Biology
horses Agriculture & Biology
biosecurity Agriculture & Biology
Hendra virus Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2008 2018

risk behavior
mitigation
risk factor
decision making
Decision making

Australian horse owners and their biosecurity practices in the context of Hendra virus

Wiethoelter, A. K., Schembri, N., Dhand, N. K., Sawford, K., Taylor, M. R., Moloney, B., Wright, T., Kung, N., Field, H. E. & Toribio, J-A. L. M. L. 1 Dec 2017 In : Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 148, p. 28-36 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hendra Virus
Hendra virus
biosecurity
Horses
horses

"Don't just do something … stand there!" Emergency responders' peri-incident perceptions of animal owners in bushfire

Westcott, R. A. N., Ronan, K., Bambrick, H. & Taylor, M. 2017 In : Frontiers in veterinary science. 4, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Emergency Responders
Demography
Safety Management
Policy Making
Public Policy

Expanding protection motivation theory: investigating an application to animal owners and emergency responders in bushfire emergencies

Westcott, R., Ronan, K., Bambrick, H. & Taylor, M. 26 Apr 2017 In : BMC Psychology. 5, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Emergency Responders
Motivation
Emergencies
Demography
Safety

Prizes

Risk communication
Excellence