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Dr Michaela Pascoe

BBsc (La Trobe), PhD (Swinburne)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Michaela is a researcher in the field of stress, inflammation, wellbeing and mental health. She has drawn attention to the impact of stress on mental health and cognitive outcomes, and the mediating influence of non-pharmacological stress mediating interventions, such as diet, exercise and mindfulness on these outcomes. She has researched the impact of stress both in the context of chronic illness, and young people in Australia experiencing chronic, normative stress related to their academic demands.

Recent publications

Referenced journal articles

  • Pascoe, MC., Ski, C., Thompson, D. (2017). Yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction and stress-related physiological measures: A meta-analysis Psychoneuroendocrinology doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.08.008.
  • Pascoe, MC., Ski, C., Jenkins, Z., Thompson, D. (2017). Mindfulness mediates the physiological markers of stress: systematic review and meta-analysis.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.08.004.
  • Pascoe, MC., Bauer, IE. (2015). A systematic review of randomised control trials on the effects of yoga on biological measures, brain function and mood. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 68, 270-282.
  • Bauer, IE., Pascoe, MC., Wollenhaupt-Aguiar, B., Kapczinski, F., Soares. JC. (2014). Inflammatory Mediators of Cognitive Impairment in Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 56, 18-27.
  • Stokowska, A., Atkins, A., Pekny, T., Bulmer, L., Pascoe, MC., Barnum, S., Wetsel, R., Nilsson, J., Dragunow, M., Pekna M. (2017). Complement peptide C3a stimulates neural plasticity after experimental brain ischemia.

Referenced chapters

  • Pascoe, MC., Crewther, SG. (2016). A systematic review of randomised control trials on the effects of mindfulness on stress measures and anxiety. In Anxiety Disorders. ISBN: 978-1-944685-97-3. Dover, DE. SM Open Access eBook.

Conference presentations

  • Pascoe, MC., Ski, C., Thompson, D., Linden, T. (2018). Yoga and stress-related physiological measures: A meta-analysis, Research in Practice, March 27-29, 2018, Brisbane, Australia
  • Pascoe, MC., Ski, C., Thompson, D., Linden, T. (2017). Cardiovascular risk factors predict long term cognitive impairment after stroke, EuroHeartCare, May 18-20, 2017, Jonkoping, Sweden
  • Pascoe, MC., Ski, C., Thompson, D. (2017). Moderated poster. Psychosocial interventions decrease depression and anxiety in individuals with diabetes mellitus: a meta analysis, EuroHeartCare, May 18-20, 2017, Jonkoping, Sweden
  • Pascoe, MC., Linden, T. (2016). Folate and methylmalonic acid predict long term cognitive impairment in elderly stroke survivors. The European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, September 17-21, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Pascoe, MC., Skoog, I., Blomstrand, C., Linden, T. (2016). Albumin and depression in elderly stroke survivors. The European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, September 17-21, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

Teaching responsibilities

Completions

  • Completed supervision of 2 honours students

Current supervision

  • Co-supervision of 1 PhD candidates, 2 medical students
  • Supervision of 2 Honours students

Research grants

  • 2017: Project Grant (lead by Joy Forster) - Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation Grants. ‘Influencing patient experience through staff wellbeing: Establishing proof of concept for a novel, evidence‐informed, nursing wellbeing intervention’ ($50,000)
  • 2014: Salary Grant - STROKE-National Association Foundation Sweden, ‘Can Albumin Predict Depression After Stroke?’ ($5,335.06)
  • 2014: Salary Grant - Anna-Lisa och Bror Björnssons Foundation, ‘Novel Strategy for the Treatment of Perinatal Ischemic Brain Injury’ ($3,917.46)
  • 2014: Project Grant - Wilhelm and Martina Lundgrens Science Foundation, ‘Improved Cognitive Function and Neuroprotection After Hypoxia, via the Complement System’ ($4,700.01)
  • Project Grant - Wilhelm and Martina Lundgrens Science Foundation, ‘Novel Strategy for the Treatment of Obesity’ ($1,958.92)

Appearances in the media

  • ABC TV Breakfast
  • 3AW Drive Talk back radio
  • ABC Central Victoria radio
  • 630 ABC North Queensland

Areas of expertise

  • Stress
  • Mental health
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Inflammation

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5452