Dr Manjula Marella

Research Fellow

Manjula has been with the Nossal since 2013. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Eye Research Australia at the University of Melbourne.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Optometry from India and specialised in low vision rehabilitation. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2011. Her doctoral thesis involved developing an evaluation framework for community-based rehabilitation programs.

Manjula’s core expertise as a disability researcher is in developing and validating client-reported outcome measures using qualitative, quantitative and psychometric methods. Her postdoctoral research focused on developing and validating the Rapid Assessment of Disability (RAD) survey – RAD measures disability and its impact on participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.

Manjula has lead major research projects throughout Asia and the Pacific. She has applied RAD in large population-based surveys to inform disability inclusive programs in public health, inclusive education, rehabilitation and in post-disaster response and recovery. She has lead and contributed to qualitative research studies that explore the participation of people with disabilities in education, health and sports.

Manjula is coordinator for the Master of Public Health Disability and International Development subject and she supervises graduate research students. She is a reviewer for journals including Disability and Rehabilitation, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Optometry and Vision Science and PLOS ONE. Manjula is also on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Journal of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment.

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