Dr Melinda Polimeni

Practice Design Leader

Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Graduate Diploma of Psychology, PhD, Psychologist

Melinda leads our work at the Parenting Research Centre in adapting and developing evidence-informed interventions, programs and services that suit the local context.

She specialises in the design and implementation of evidence-based approaches to achieve social impact for children and families, with an emphasis on parenting, family support, disability and early childhood service contexts.

Melinda designs, delivers and evaluates professional development (including training, supervision and coaching) for health and human services agencies.

She has successfully led the development and implementation of two large-scale national initiatives to improve evidence-informed delivery of programs in the disability sector, including Healthy Start.

Melinda brings both clinical and research skills to her work. She is a registered psychologist, and has completed a PhD in the field of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Before joining the Parenting Research Centre, Melinda was a school psychologist and delivered psychological services to families and schools.  

She has published several papers in academic journals.

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