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Melissa is an ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Research at the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing. She has a background in psychology and is developing a significant track record in understanding the complex health and social outcomes for women, particularly those with chronic disease. Dr Harris has a particular interest in chronic disease management, including the impact of psychosocial factors on physical health and healthcare outcomes as well as the contraceptive practices for women with chronic disease. Her current program of work draws together Dr Harris’ research strengths in chronic disease and contraceptive use and access and research methods (e.g. longitudinal modelling, data linkage, cohort recruitment) by examining the contraceptive decision-making practices of Australian women of reproductive age with chronic disease to provide much needed information regarding reasons for unintended pregnancy in this population.



After Jessica graduated from the University of Sydney, she worked across the Illawarra region at Wollongong and Shellharbour Hospitals. Moving back to Sydney to commence general practice training, Jessica has enjoyed pursuing her interest in primary health care and has a special interest in sexual health and women’s health. She is a 2019 recipient of the RACGP Registrar Academic Post, and she is using this opportunity to further these interests by returning to the University of Sydney as an Associate Lecturer and conducting research into preconception care.