Melissa’s mission is to cultivate an evidence and experience-based understanding of psychological well-being, with the aim to translate this knowledge into systems that support eudemonic agency and mental health. Melissa is Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine(PRISM) a charity supporting the creation of psychedelic research trials, a teacher to future psychedelic therapists at Mind Medicine Australia and Psychedelics Today, a co- founder of The Australian Psychedelic Society and a member of the UK-Australian Young Leaders Forum.
After graduating in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Melissa travelled to leading international centres of psychedelic research, transformative technology and meditation. She is now integrating these experiences to contribute to the establishment of next-generation of mental health treatments in Australia. Melissa is currently a post-graduate psychology student at The University of Melbourne and is leading the development of a therapeutic virtual reality program to support psychedelic-assisted therapy through meditation training and immersive visuals.
Melissa is an experienced meditation guide, having studied under the Mahamudra lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Melissa’s approach is informed by a scientific outlook, a transpersonal perspective, a positive psychology lens, and grounded in the somatic. In her freetime, Melissa enjoys her yoga practice, poetry, dance and painting.