Dr Emily Macleod

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research School of Psychology

Dr Emily Macleod is a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Mental Health Research and the Australian National Child and Adolescent Trauma Network, at The ANU. She has research interests in disaster psychology and supporting children’s mental health and resilience. Her PhD was in Developmental Psychology, focusing on talking to children about their emotional experiences.

Dr Macleod is currently working on projects that include evaluating the effectiveness of a mental health literacy program for promoting wellbeing in primary school children, and understanding the impacts of bushfire and other disasters on mental health and resilience. She is also supporting the development of resources relating to disaster support for children and families.

Projects to link:


Evaluation of the Thriving Minds program in ACT primary schools | National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health

Research interests

  • Mental health and resilience in climate-related disaster contexts
  • Prevention and early intervention for mental health in children and young people
  • Supporting children and families in the context of disaster
  • Evaluation of early mental health interventions in school settings
  • Macleod, E, Heffernan, T, Greenwood, L et al. 2023, 'Predictors of individual mental health and psychological resilience after Australia's 2019/2020 bushfires', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 58, no. 1.
  • Fortune, S, Sharma, V, Bowden, L et al. 2021, 'Prevention of self-harm and suicide in young people up to the age of 25 in education settings', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), vol. 2021, no. 1, pp. 1-16.
  • Macleod, E, Hobbs, L, Admiraal, A et al. 2021, 'The use and impact of repeated questions in diagnostic child abuse assessment interviews', Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 364-380.
  • Macleod, E, Gross, J & Hayne, H 2016, 'Drawing conclusions: the effect of instructions on children's confabulation and fantasy errors', Memory, vol. 24, pp. 21-31.