Melissa Woodward

Postdoctoral Fellow


My current research focuses on child and adolescent mental health and service utilisation. Using the MyHEARTSMAP virtual assessment tool, we look at the psychosocial status of youth in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic and their ability to access social support services and mental health resources.

My previous postdoctoral work with Dr. Bill Honer (UBC Psychiatry) has involved evaluating the presence of cerebral small vessel disease for individuals experiencing homelessness in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

My doctoral research with Dr. Donna Lang (UBC Radiology) studied the impact of a twelve-week exercise intervention on neuroplasticity and symptom severity for individuals with chronic schizophrenia and early psychosis. 



Research Interests

Substance Use
cerebral small vessel disease
retinal imaging
child and adolescent
mental health and COVID-19
service utilisation

Research Methodology

structural MRI
clinical assessments
Longitudinal Data Analysis
large data sets

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.



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