Dr Melissa Petrakis

Senior Lecturer / Course Coordinator BHS (Human Services)

Email: melissa.petrakis@monash.edu

Telephone : +61 3 9903 4497
Fax : +61 3 9903 1141


Dr Melissa  Petrakis (PhD), is an international expert in practice-based social work  research in mental health services. Her Master of Social Work established her  as an action research leader in crisis counseling in community services and the  not-for-profit sector. Her PhD established her as an emerging international  practitioner-researcher in suicide prevention, particularly at the emergency  department-community interface. She has delivered more than 60 national and  international conference presentations.

Melissa  holds concurrent appointments as a Senior Lecturer with Monash University,  Department of Social Work, and as the Senior Research Fellow (Early Psychosis  and Mental Health) with the Mental Health Service, St Vincent's Hospital  (Melbourne). This enables her to combine teaching and practice-based research  interests. Melissa coordinates the health and mental health unit in the  undergraduate and postgraduate social work programs and the mental health  practice elective.

For the last  9 years she has been the Chief Investigator of a longitudinal cohort study into  evidence-based public mental health early psychosis treatment. The team won a  national award for 'Exceptional Care - Research Excellence' (2012). Melissa's  strengths-based mental health research contributed to a Silver Award win at the  Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards (2011), a  'Special Judges' Commendation' (2013) and 'Highly Commended' at the Victorian  Public Healthcare Awards (2011).

Her profile  internationally has resulted in emerging collaborations with world recovery  leaders in the USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada. Melissa reviews for journals in  her own social work discipline and in psychiatry and nursing. She has reviewed  proposals and manuscripts for international book publishers.

For over 20  years, Melissa has worked in various roles in public mental health service  provision, management and research; in the community-managed sector, crisis  telephone counselling and referral, and adult inpatient acute psychiatry.  Melissa now support clinicians and management to implement and evaluate  evidence-based practices in clinical and community-managed mental health  services. She is engaged in, and committed to, research co-production with  people with lived experience of mental illness and their families.

Research  interests: practice-based research, mental health, early psychosis, Strengths  Model and recovery-oriented practice, solution-focused brief therapy,  consumer/service user co-production, suicide prevention, and program  evaluations.

Melissa Petrakis Research: Monash University Research