Researcher biography

Research Background and Interests

Melissa is a Clinical Psychologist working in the area of mental health research with A/Prof James Scott. She has a background in early psychosis research and is involved in promoting psychological and social approaches to understanding and treating psychosis and is president of the ISPS Australia. Melissa also works in private practice and has a special interest in working with young people with serious mental health difficulties.

Research Projects

Melissa has been the clinical supervisor on the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy (MUSP) study of hallucinations. This study is funded by a NHMRC grant awarded to A/Prof James Scott and examines the broad mental health and psychosocial outcomes of participants in MUSP who are now aged 30-33 years and reported experiencing hallucinations at 14 years of age. She is also working on a study examining appraisals of hallucinations and their association with distress and impairment.

Key Publications

Connell, M. T., Schweitzer, R, & King, R. (2015). Recovery from First Episode Psychosis: A Dialogical Perspective, The Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 79(1), 70-90.

Duhig, M., Patterson, S., Connell, M., Foley, S., Capra, C., Dark, F., Gordon, A., Singh,S., Hides, L., McGrath, J.J., & Scott, J. (2015). The Prevalence and Correlates of Childhood Trauma in Patients with Early Psychosis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. doi:10.1177/0004867415575379

Johns, L., Kompus, C., Connell, M., Humpston, C…..Laroi, F. (2014). Auditory verbal hallucinations in persons with and without a need for care. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40 (Suppl 4): S255-S264 doi:10.1093/schbul/sbu005

Connell, M. T., Schweitzer, R, & King, R. (2014). Recovery from first episode psychosis and recovering self: A qualitative study. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, (e pub ahead of print). Doi: 10.1037/prj0000077