• 107 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Dr Melissa Johnstone is a health psychologist with expertise in the area of families, life transitions and wellbeing. She has advanced skills in quantitative analysis of longitudinal data, as well as qualitative analysis. She currently lectures in health and human sciences in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, and is continuing to research into the area of life transitions and wellbeing. Her prior work at the Australian Institute of Families Studies involved being a part of a multidisciplinary team evaluating federal government policy change, i.e., the 2006 Family Law Reforms. She was directly involved in the planning and analysis of longitudinal survey data of 10,000 separated parents (and their children). Prior to moving to Macquarie University, she was based at the University of Queensland where she was analysing 6 waves of data on women’s aspirations, work and family transitions and their wellbeing, from the 1973-1978 cohort of women (n = 14,000) participating it the Australian Longitudinal Studies on Women's Health. She was also part of a team investing the wellbeing of individuals transitioning out of homelessness through a mixed-methodology longitudinal design, in collaboration with the Salvation Army.

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Outputs 2009 2019

  • 107 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 16 Article

From distress to flourishing: towards a strengths-based approach for young mothers

Johnstone, M. & Mulherin, K., 4 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 18 p.

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Qualitative Research
Self Concept
Postpartum Period
job satisfaction

Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Housing stability and social support as predictors of long-term well-being

Johnstone, M., Parsell, C., Jetten, J., Dingle, G. & Walter, Z., 18 May 2016, In : Housing Studies. 31, 4, p. 410-426 17 p.

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social support

Enhancing well-being of homeless individuals by building group memberships

Johnstone, M., Jetten, J., Dingle, G. A., Parsell, C. & Walter, Z. C., 1 Sep 2016, In : Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 26, 5, p. 421-438 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Homeless Persons
group membership
Social Isolation