Ms Melissa Carlson

Research Assistant

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary


Melissa Carlson is a PhD student and research assistant at the University of Newcastle. Melissa's PhD explores the acceptability and feasibility of implementing routine cognitive assessment of people with glioma and glioblastama in cancer care settings with the aim of improving brain cancer care outcomes.

Melissa's research interests include applying a variety of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to explore and improve psycho-oncology outcomes and equity in healthcare for both patients and caregivers experiencing cancer.


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Social Science, University of Newcastle


  • Health Behaviour
  • Implementation Science
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Supportive Care

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/8/2017 -  Research Assistant School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
1/1/2014 - 31/1/2016 Casual Academic and Peer Support (CAPS) Mentor Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Newcastle


Code Course Role Duration
SOCS2400 Applied Social Research
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
In this course students develop a comparative understanding of social science methods for the design of social inquiry. This course concentrates on the collection and analysis of quantitative data and the reporting of results. Students develop an understanding of the uses, strengths and limitations of various research strategies and approaches to conducting social inquiry, and develop skills necessary for designing social survey research tools, data processing and analysis, the interpretation of numerical data and report writing. The computer workshops will include an introduction to appropriate software packages such as SPSS. The course does not require previous statistical knowledge.
Tutor 1/7/2020 - 31/1/2021
SOCS2100 Organisational Management and Social Behaviour
Univeristy of Newcastle
This course draws on the field of organisational sociology for students to develop the managerial and administrative knowledge and values needed to effectively coordinate programs in government, private sector, non-government organisations (NGOs), and community organisations. The course also examines social behaviour in the workplace through the study of leadership styles, teamwork and group processes, work organisation and management practices.
Tutor 1/3/2021 - 31/12/2021


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Fradgley E, Carlson M, Taylor J, Bridge P, Morris S, Coutts E, Paul C, 'Experiences and implications of employment participation for people with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones: a qualitative study', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Elizabeth Fradgley
2020 Fradgley E, Bridge P, Lane K, Spence D, Roach D, Carlson M, et al., 'Uptake of financial assistance via cancer information and support services: Experiences of distressed cancer patients and caregivers', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2020)
Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Chris Paul
2018 McCarter K, Fradgley EA, Baker AL, Paul C, Carlson M, 'Distress Management for Patients with Cancer - Why Aren't We Doing It?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Elizabeth Fradgley, Amanda Baker, Kristen Mccarter

Ms Melissa Carlson


Research Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4042 0168
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Room HMRI Building
Building HMRI Building L4 West
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308