CAPHIA is pleased to introduce Dr Melissa Russell, who will be delivering a keynote presentation at the CAPHIA Teaching and Learning Forum. The topic of Dr Russell’s presentation is ‘University student well-being – the latest evidence from Australia and overseas’.

Dr Melissa Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Course Coordinator for the Master of Public Health and the Head of the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Teaching Unit at the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She currently coordinates the subject Epidemiology; within the Master of Public Health and Master of Epidemiology. In-line with her interest in mental health and education Melissa is involved in a large research project investigating university student well-being and is currently undertaking work to enhance the experience of international students in the Master of Public Health. She also works across the University and externally advising on study well-being issues. Melissa initially trained in physiotherapy and in 2008 she completed her PhD through the through the University of Melbourne and the National Ageing Research Institute. Since graduating Melissa has continued to work with the National Ageing Research Institute investigating the mental health benefits of physical activity and has expanded her interest in physical activity and mental health through a variety of research projects at the University of Melbourne.