Melissa Willoughby

Senior Research Officer

Child & Family Evidence

Melissa Willoughby is a member of the Child and Family Evidence team, where she engages in knowledge translation activities across a range of research projects related to child and family wellbeing.

Melissa’s research focuses on health inequity, violence, criminal justice and gender. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, including analysing linked administrative data. Melissa completed her PhD the University of Melbourne examining violence-related deaths and morbidity among adults and young people involved in the criminal justice system.

She also holds an Honorary position at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and in the School of Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Dentistry and Health Sciences), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours), RMIT University