Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Impact of physical activity on health

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Michaela Pascoe

Michaela is a researcher in the field of stress, inflammation and mental health.

She has drawn attention to the impact of stress on depression and anxiety and the influence of mindfulness and physical activity/exercise on the brain and mental health.

She has researched the relationship between stress, depression, mindfulness and physical activity in the context of chronic illness and in healthy populations.


  • PhD (Swinburne)
  • BBsc (La Trobe)

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Craike, M., Bourke, M., Hilland, T. A., Wiesner, G., Pascoe, M. C., Bengoechea, E. G., & Parker, A. G. (191101). Correlates of Physical Activity Among Disadvantaged Groups: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(5), (700-715).

doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.06.021

2019 Pascoe, M. C., & Parker, A. G. (190801). Physical activity and exercise as a universal depression prevention in young people: A narrative review. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 13(4), (733-739).

doi: 10.1111/eip.12737

2019 Pascoe, M. C., Hetrick, S. E., & Parker, A. G. (190101). The impact of stress on students in secondary school and higher education. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth,

doi: 10.1080/02673843.2019.1596823

2018 Sharp, J. L., Gough, K., Pascoe, M. C., Drosdowsky, A., Chang, V. T., & Schofield, P. (180701). The modified Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form: a modified response format and rational scoring rules. Quality of Life Research, 27(7), (1903-1910).

doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-1855-y

2017 McEvedy, S. M., Sullivan-Mort, G., McLean, S. A., Pascoe, M. C., & Paxton, S. J. (171001). Ineffectiveness of commercial weight-loss programs for achieving modest but meaningful weight loss: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(12), (1614-1627).

doi: 10.1177/1359105317705983

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Factors that Influence Wellbeing and Life Satisfaction Beyond Elite Athletes' Sporting Careers: Identification and Prediction of Positive Retirement Outcomes
From: Australian Institute of Sport
Investigators: Aspr Camilla Brockett, Prof Alexandra Parker
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Other supervision of research students

Supervised PhD students Australia 2016 (current). Co-Supervised Honours/medical Students Completed x 5 (Sweden and Australia) Primary supervised Honours Students Completed x 5

Teaching activities & experience

Guest Lecturing

Master of professional psychology - 5thyear Unit: Psychology of community health


Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Nov 2017 - Feb 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow
Victoria University
Feb 2017 - Nov 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow
Peter MaCallum Cancer Centre
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Nov 2017 -
Feb 2019
Postdoctoral Fellow
Victoria University
Feb 2017 -
Nov 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow
Peter MaCallum Cancer Centre


Year Award

The Marlow-Hampshire Research Leader Development Program - Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre


5 Minute Research Pitch - Victoria University


Best Poster Presentation - 14th International Forum on Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Training School and International Research Conference on Astrocyte Intermediate Filaments (Nanofilaments) and Astrocyte Function in Health and Disease - COST BM1002 NANONET training school grant

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Invited keynote speeches

Year Title/Description

An overview of mindfulness research in the field of psychological health

2018: Global Experts Meeting on Psychiatry and Mental Health, Rome, Italy.

Media appearances

26th January 2018

ABC News

ABC news Weekend Breakfast

28th January 2018

Interview with 3AW693

Interview with 3AW693 with TomElliott3AW about reducing stress in schools using mindfulness based yoga

22nd April 2018

Interview with ABC Central Vic

Talking mindfulness in schools with Sian Gard from ABC Central Vic

26th April 2018

interview with Weekend Wakeup Radio 8826 PR

interview with Weekend Wakeup Radio 8826 PR with Darren DeMello & Sue McDougall

02nd September 2018

Interview with Radio Adelaide

Interview with Radio Adelaide FM with Alistair McKinnon

25th October 2018

Interview with ABC

Interview with ABC Ballarat with Steve Martin

11th November 2018

Interview with Radio LIVE NZ

Interview with Radio LIVE NZ with Carly Flynn

16th December 2018

Radio Interview FIVEaa

Interview with Afternoons with Alan Hickey FIVEaa

30th September 2019

Radio Interview 2SER Sydney

2SER Sydney 107.3 - 2SER Drive

02nd March 2019

Radio Interview ABC North Queensland

ABC North Queensland - Mornings with Andy Toulson

30th May 2019

My Body and Soul Interview

Dr Michaela Pascoe on emotional wellbeing