Dr Mel Hyde

Research Fellow

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56378


Mel’s research uses social and health psychology theories to understand altruistic behaviour such as donating substances of human origin (e.g., organs/tissue, blood, bone marrow/stem cells, breast milk, faecal microbiota). Mel has worked in research roles for over a decade in academic and non-profit organisations and has undertaken competitive university and industry-based research fellowships which focused on mitigating social or health problems. Mel is particularly interested in applied research that contributes to solving real world problems. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including many focused on organ donation and communicating donation wishes as well as volunteering, psychooncology, healthy and risky behaviours, and road safety, that have been published in Health Psychology, Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine Reviews, Progress in Transplantation, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Psycho-Oncology, and Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Research Interests

  • Donor recruitment, retention, and consent
    Living and deceased donors of substances of human origin (SoHO) (e.g., blood/blood products, bone marrow/stem cells, organs, faecal microbiota, human breast milk); consent systems (e.g., opt-in, opt-out); consent for donation (e.g., joining a donor registry, family discussion of donation wishes). If you are interested in donor research see the Donor Research Network https://research.psy.uq.edu.au/dorn/


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Mel Hyde is not currently available to take on new students.