Dr Megan Steele

Lecturer in Clinical Sciences

St Lucia Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 61449


Dr Megan Steele is a Lecturer in the School of Clinical Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR). She is the course coordinator for the research elective, Foundations of Medical Research, and coordinates the mental health module in year two of the MD.

Dr Steele completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) at James Cook University in 2006 and a PhD in Medicine at Western Sydney University in 2011. She has conducted postdoctoral research in Germany and Australia across a range of disciplines including neurobiology, hospital-based clinical research and pharmacovigilance, integrative oncology, clinical trials, exercise physiology, medical diagnostics, epidemiology, public health, forensic mental health, health services research and evaluation.

Dr Steele has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, has presented at national and international conferences and has secured over $1 million in research funding.

Research Interests

  • Mental health and the social and emotional wellbeing of various at-risk populations:
    - people in contact with the justice system - Indigenous Australians - medical and postgraduate students - cancer patients - intersection between mental, social and physical health
  • Evaluation of health interventions and services:
    - Indigenous Mental Health Intervention Program (IMHIP) - Exercise physiologist-led interventions in breast and gynaecological cancer patients - Safety and effectiveness of integrative oncology
  • Function and dysfunction of the lymphatic system:
    - Improving early diagnosis of bilateral lymphoedema - Impact of lymphoedema on the quality and quantity of life following gynaecological cancer - The glymphatic system
  • Chronic inflammation and the brain:
    - Effect of chronic inflammation on the neurosupportive functions of astrocytes - Exercise, diet and inflammation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University


  • Steele, Megan L., Janda, Monika, Vagenas, Dimitrios, Ward, Leigh C., Cornish, Bruce H., Box, Robyn, Gordon, Susan, Matthews, Melanie, Poppitt, Sally D., Plank, Lindsay D., Yip, Wilson, Rowan, Angela, Reul-Hirche, Hildegard, Obermair, Andreas and Hayes, Sandra C. (2019) A bioimpedance spectroscopy-based method for diagnosis of lower-limb lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, . doi:10.1089/lrb.2018.0078

  • Heffernan, E., Dale, P., Muller, Y., Davidson, F., Steele, M. and Waterson, E. (2019). From custody to community: The indigenous mental health intervention programme. In: RANZCP 2019 Congress, Cairns, Australia, (6-6). 12–16 May 2019. doi:10.1177/0004867419836919

  • Heffernan, E., Meurk, C., Waterson, E. and Steele, M. (2019). Partnering with police to improve outcomes in mental health crisis situations. In: RANZCP 2019 Congress, Cairns, Australia, (18-19). 12–16 May 2019. doi:10.1177/0004867419836919

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Maczurek, Annette E., Krautwald, Martina, Steele, Megan L., Hager, Klaus, Kenklies, Marlene, Sharman, Matt, Martins, Ralph, Engel, Jürgen, Carlson, David and Münch, Gerald (2009). Lipoic acid as a novel treatment for mild cognitive impairment and early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. In Lester Packer, Helmut Sies, Manfred Eggersdorfer and Enrique Cadenas (Ed.), Micronutrients and brain health (pp. 133-147) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

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Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor