Dr Melissa Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the School of Population and Global Health. Melissa initially trained in physiotherapy and in 2008 she completed her PhD through the through the University of Melbourne and the National Ageing Research Institute.
Since graduating Melissa has continued to work with the National Ageing Research Institute investigating the mental health benefits of physical activity and has expanded her interest in physical activity and mental health through a variety of research projects at the University of Melbourne. More specifically, Melissa is currently working with both local and international collaborators investigating the effects of physical activity on childhood and adult asthma and lung health. She undertakes this research through the Allergy and Lung Health Unit at the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In addition to her research activities Melissa has been involved in the education of students in physiotherapy, epidemiology and public health over the course of her career. Melissa is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Public Health and the Head of the Centre of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Teaching Unit. She currently coordinates the subject 'Epidemiology 3' within the Master of Public Health and Master of Epidemiology. In-line with her interest in mental health and education Melissa is involved in a research project investigating University of Melbourne student well-being and is currently undertaking work to enhance the experience of international students in the Master of Public Health.
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The Association of Early Life Viral Respiratory Illness and Atopy on Asthma in Children: S..
Lifetime Risk Factors for Pre- and Post-Bronchodilator Lung Function Decline A Population-..
A Randomised Controlled Trial To Improve Depression In Family Carers Through A Physical Ac..
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The Association of Early Life Viral Respiratory Illness and Atopy on Asthma in Children: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Vikas Wadhwa, Caroline J Lodge, Shyamali C Dharmage, Raisa Cassim, Peter D Sly, Melissa Anne Russell
Journal article | 2020 | The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
BACKGROUND: The interaction between early life viral respiratory illness and atopy in the genesis of asthma has been widely discus..
Lifetime Risk Factors for Pre- and Post-Bronchodilator Lung Function Decline A Population-based Study
Dinh S Bui, Jennifer L Perret, E Haydn Walters, Michael J Abramson, John A Burgess, Minh Q Bui, Gayan Bowatte, Adrian J Lowe, Melissa A Russell, Sheikh M Alif, Bruce R Thompson, Garun S Hamilton, Graham G Giles, Paul S Thomas, Stephen Morrison, David P Johns, Luke D Knibbs, Jan-Paul Zock, Alessandro Marcon, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, et al.
Journal article | 2020 | Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Rationale: Interactions between early life and adult insults on lung function decline are not well understood, with most studies i..
Longitudinal evidence of the impact of dog ownership and dog walking on mental health.
Y Cui, M Russell, M Davern, H Christian
Journal article | 2019 | Journal of Public Health
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence supports the physical health and social benefits of dog ownership. This study examined the longitudi..
Early signal detection of adverse events following influenza vaccination using proportional reporting ratio, Victoria, Australia
Hazel J Clothier, Jock Lawrie, Melissa A Russell, Heath Kelly, Jim P Buttery
Journal article | 2019 | PLOS ONE
INTRODUCTION: Timely adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) signal event detection is essential to minimise further vaccinees..
Does physical activity strengthen lungs and protect against asthma in childhood? A systematic review
Raisa Cassim, Shyamali C Dharmage, Jennifer Julia Koplin, Elasma Milanzi, Flavia Marini Paro, Melissa A Russell
Journal article | 2019 | Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be a potentially modifiable risk factor for asthma and driver of lung function development. This..
Detecting sleep apnoea syndrome in primary care with screening questionnaires and the Epworth sleepiness scale
Chamara V Senaratna, Jennifer L Perret, Adrian Lowe, Gayan Bowatte, Michael J Abramson, Bruce Thompson, Caroline Lodge, Melissa Russell, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
Journal article | 2019 | Medical Journal of Australia
Early-life exposure to sibling modifies the relationship between CD14 polymorphisms and allergic sensitization
Melisa YZ Lau, Shyamali C Dharmage, John A Burgess, Aung K Win, Adrian J Lowe, Caroline J Lodge, Jennifer Perret, Jennie Hui, Paul S Thomas, Graham Giles, Bruce R Thompson, Michael J Abramson, E Haydn Walters, Melanie C Matheson, Katrina J Allen, Geza Benke, James G Dowty, Bircan Erbas, Iain H Feather, Peter A Frith, et al.
Journal article | 2019 | Clinical & Experimental Allergy
The association of vigorous physical activity with 10-year adult asthma incidence
Melissa Russell, Shyamali Dharmage, Elaine Fuertes, Deborah Jarvis, Michael Abramson, Joachim Heinrich, Ane Johannessen, Benedicte Lenaert, Alessandro Marcon, Nicole Probst, Chantel Raherison, Giulia Squillacioti, Jose-Luis Sanchez-Ramos, Johan Sommar, Judith Garcia Aymerich
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Clinical Problems
Childhood Respiratory Risk Factor Profiles and Middle-Age Lung Function: A Prospective Cohort Study from the First to Sixth Decade
Dinh S Bui, Haydn E Walters, John A Burgess, Jennifer L Perret, Minh Q Bui, Gayan Bowatte, Adrian J Lowe, Melissa A Russell, Bruce R Thompson, Garun S Hamilton, Alan L James, Graham G Giles, Paul S Thomas, Debbie Jarvis, Cecilie Svanes, Judith Garcia-Aymerich, Bircan Erbas, Peter A Frith, Katrina J Allen, Michael J Abramson, et al.
Journal article | 2018 | Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Childhood predictors of lung function trajectories and future COPD risk: a prospective cohort study from the first to the sixth decade of life
Dinh S Bui, Caroline J Lodge, John A Burgess, Adrian J Lowe, Jennifer Perret, Minh Q Bui, Gayan Bowatte, Lyle Gurrin, David P Johns, Bruce R Thompson, Garun S Hamilton, Peter A Frith, Alan L James, Paul S Thomas, Deborah Jarvis, Cecilie Svanes, Melissa Russell, Stephen C Morrison, Iain Feather, Katrina J Allen, et al.
Journal article | 2018 | The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Leisure-time vigorous physical activity is associated with better lung function: the prospective ECRHS study
Elaine Fuertes, Anne-Elie Carsin, Josep M Anto, Roberto Bono, Angelo Guido Corsico, Pascal Demoly, Thorarinn Gislason, Jose-Antonio Gullon, Christer Janson, Deborah Jarvis, Joachim Heinrich, Mathias Holm, Benedicte Leynaert, Alessandro Marcon, Jesus Martinez-Moratalla, Dennis Nowak, Silvia Pascual Erquicia, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Chantal Raherison, Wasif Raza, et al.
Journal article | 2018 | Thorax
Validity of the Berlin questionnaire in detecting obstructive sleep apnea: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Chamara V Senaratna, Jennifer L Perret, Melanie C Matheson, Caroline J Lodge, Adrian J Lowe, Raisa Cassim, Melissa A Russell, John A Burgess, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
Journal article | 2017 | Sleep Medicine Reviews
Cohort Profile: Melbourne Atopy Cohort study (MACS)
Adrian J Lowe, Caroline J Lodge, Katrina J Allen, Michael J Abramson, Melanie C Matheson, Paul S Thomas, Christopher A Barton, Catherine M Bennett, Bircan Erbas, Cecilie Svanes, Mathias Wjst, Francisco Gomez Real, Jennifer L Perret, Melissa A Russell, Melissa C Southey, John L Hopper, Lyle C Gurrin, Christine J Axelrad, David J Hill, Shyamali C Dharmage
Journal article | 2017 | International Journal of Epidemiology
Physical activity and asthma: A longitudinal and multi-country study
Melissa A Russell, Christer Janson, Francisco Gomez Real, Ane Johannessen, Marie Waatevik, Bryndis Benediktsdottir, Mathias Holm, Eva Lindberg, Vivi Schlunssen, Wasif Raza, Shyamali C Dharmage, Cecilie Svanes
Journal article | 2017 | Journal of Asthma
Sleep apnoea in Australian men: disease burden, co-morbidities, and correlates from the Australian longitudinal study on male health
Chamara Visanka Senaratna, Dallas R English, Dianne Currier, Jennifer L Perret, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Melissa Russell, Sashane Sahabandu, Melanie C Matheson, Garun S Hamilton, Shyamali C Dharmage
Journal article | 2016 | BMC Public Health
The difference in amount of physical activity performed by children with and without asthma: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Raisa Cassim, Jennifer J Koplin, Shyamali C Dharmage, Baddewithana CV Senaratna, Caroline J Lodge, Adrian J Lowe, Melissa A Russell
Journal article | 2016 | Journal of Asthma
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND THE ASSOCIATION WITH ASTHMA AND WHEEZE IN THE RESPIRATORY HEALTH IN NORTHERN EUROPE (RHINE) STUDY
M Russell, C Janson, F Real, A Johannessen, M Waatevik, B Benediktsdottir, M Holm, E Lindberg, V Schlunssen, W Raza, C Svanes, S Dharmage
Conference Proceedings | 2015 | RESPIROLOGY
Improving mood through physical activity for carers and care recipients (IMPACCT): protocol for a randomised trial Commentary
Briony Dow, Kirsten Moore, Melissa Russell, David Ames, Elizabeth Cyarto, Terry Haines, Keith Hill, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Lynette Mackenzie, Susan Williams, Samantha Loi
Journal article | 2013 | Journal of Physiotherapy
A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Multifactorial Falls Prevention Intervention for Older Fallers Presenting to Emergency Departments
Melissa A Russell, Keith D Hill, Lesley M Day, Irene Blackberry, Jenny Schwartz, Melita J Giummarra, Michael Dorevitch, Joseph E Ibrahim, Andrew C Dalton, Shyamali C Dharmage
Journal article | 2010 | Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Overcoming barriers to physical activity among culturally and linguistically diverse older adults: A randomised controlled trial
Karen Borschmann, Kirsten Moore, Melissa Russell, Kay Ledgerwood, Emma Renehan, Xiaoping Lin, Colin Brown, Jasmine Sison
Journal article | 2010 | Australasian Journal on Ageing
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Senior Lecturer In Epidemiology
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Australian Institute of Company Directors Course Certification
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Doctor of Philophosy in Public Health
University of Melbourne
Bachelor or Physiotherapy
University of Melbourne