Marissa Shields

Exploring the mental health impacts of school to work employment transitions among young people with disabilities

Supervisors:

A/Prof Allison Milner, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Global Health

Dr Tania King, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Global Health

Prof Anne Kavanagh, Disability Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Title of PhD:  Exploring the mental health impacts of school to work employment transitions among young people with disabilities

Abstract:

The transition between school and work represents both an exciting and challenging time in a young person’s life. For young people with disability and experiencing disadvantage, however, this transition may be more challenging and may be associated with inequalities in mental health. My PhD will explore the circumstances surrounding this transition period, and how they are associated with the mental health of young people with disabilities.

Bio:

Marissa is a PhD student in the Disability and Health Unit and completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2017. Marissa is employed as a research assistant within the Disability and Health Unit, and her work to date has used quantitative research methods to assess areas  such as disability, gender, and employment characteristics as determinants of mental health.