Dr Melissa Opozda

 Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow
 Org Unit Medical Specialties
 Email melissa.opozda@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5351
 Location Floor/Room 7 ,  SAHMRI ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Melissa Opozda (nee Opolski).

    I am a health psychologist in private practice and Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide, looking at sexuality in individuals experiencing prostate cancer.

  • Qualifications

    • B. Arts Hons (Psych), The University of Adelaide, 2004
    • M. Psych (Hlth), The University of Adelaide, 2010
    • PhD, The University of Adelaide, 2017
  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed articles:

    • Opozda, M., Wittert, G., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2017). Patients' reasons for and against undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 13(11), 1887-1896. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2017.07.013
    • Opozda, M., Chur-Hansen, A., & Wittert, G. (2016). Changes in problematic and disordered eating after gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy: A systematic review of pre-post studies. Obesity Reviews, 17(8), 770-792. doi: 10.1111/obr.12425
    • Opolski, M., Chur-Hansen, A., & Wittert, G. (2015). The eating-related behaviours, disorders, and expectations of candidates for bariatric surgery. Clinical Obesity, 5, 165-197. doi: 10.1111/cob.12104
    • Opolski, M., Winefield, H., Howell, C., Toouli, J., Collins, J., & Kow, L. (2014). Banding together: An investigation of postsurgery support groups for laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding patients. Health Psychology Research, 2(2).
    • Wilson, A., & Opolski, M. J. (2009). Identifying barriers to implementing a cardiovascular computerised decision support system (CDSS): a Delphi survey. Informatics in Primary Care, 17(1), 23-33.
    • Barton, C., Opolski, M., Cleland, E., Cotton, A., Briggs, N., Taylor, M., & Howell, C. (2008). Allied mental health referral: trends in Adelaide Hills Division of General Practice. Australian Family Physician, 37(10), 888-891.
    • Howell, C., Marshall, C., Opolski, M., & Newbury, W. (2008). Management of recurrent depression. Australian Family Physician, 37(9), 704-708.
    • Opolski, M., & Wilson, I. (2005). Asthma and depression: a pragmatic review of the literature and recommendations for future research. Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 1(18).
  • Professional Interests

    • Weight loss, obesity, and bariatric surgery
    • Sustainable health behaviour change (e.g. re: smoking, alcohol and other drugs, exercise, weight)
    • Psychological difficulties related to chronic and acute health issues
    • Chronic health condition self-management
    • Parent/carer/sibling stress (especially related to persons with an intellectual or physical disability or health issue)
    • Grief and loss
    • Blood, organ, and tissue donation/transplantation


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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

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