Dr Melissa Legg’s general area of expertise is resilience in disability and chronic disease. Her current research focuses on how the healthcare system can be optimised to promote psychosocial wellbeing for people with disability. Emphases of her work include the application of: a) longitudinal research methods and analysis; b) secondary data analysis; and c) theoretical frameworks on behaviour and wellbeing that attend to the impact of factors in the social context or the system.
Dr Legg was trained in health and social psychology and prior to joining The Hopkins Centre, she worked with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland and Cancer Council Queensland in cancer survivorship. Her PhD research examined the use and acceptability of peer support services amongst women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This involved a prospective and population-based survey on women’s attitudes about peer support for coping with breast cancer and how this influenced their use of services throughout Queensland, Australia.
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