Dr Mel Hyde

Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56378


Mel’s research expertise lies broadly in using social and health psychology theories to understand altruistic donation behaviours such as organ/tissue donation, volunteering and charitable giving. Mel has worked in research roles for over a decade in academic and non-profit organisations and has undertaken competitive postdoctoral research fellow (Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University) and invited conjoint senior research fellow and research fellow positions (Griffith University, Cancer Council Queensland) all of which had an applied focus to solve social or health problems. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including many focused on organ donation and communicating donation wishes as well as volunteering, psycho-oncology, healthy and risky behaviours, and road safety.

Research Interests

  • Donor recruitment, retention, and consent
    Living and deceased donors of substances of human origin (SoHO) (e.g., blood/blood products, bone marrow/stem cells, organs, stool, human breast milk); consent systems (e.g., opt-in, opt-out); consent for donation (e.g., joining a donor registry, family discussion of donation wishes).
  • Volunteering and charitable giving
    Volunteer recruitment and retention, volunteering motives and experiences, volunteer typology (e.g., episodic volunteering)
  • Supportive cancer care and survivorship
    Psycho-oncology; help-seeking after treatment; psychosocial outcomes of partners and carers for people with chronic disease.


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor