Megan coordinates this selective course offered in Year 2 of the MD program which provides students with practical experience conducting a small health-related research, implementation or development project under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Her role also involves assisting the Director of MD Research in providing research development opportunities and coordinating a network of research supervisors.

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My research focuses on understanding and addressing social determinants of health within a range of contexts, including amongst medical and HDR students, justice-involved young people, Indigenous Australians, and cancer patients.  

Current projects

  • Improving the research and data literacy of medical students and health professionals
  • A range of projects related to social determinants of health, health services and implementation research in forensic mental health

Researcher biography

Dr Megan Steele is a Lecturer in the Office of Medical Education and a Research Scientist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR). She coordinates the Foundations of Medical Research course, a project-based course for medical students, and contributes more broadly to facilitating research training and development opportunities within the Faculty of Medicine.

Megan completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) at James Cook University in 2006 and a PhD in Medicine at Western Sydney University in 2011. She has over a decade of research experience, including laboratory, clinical and health services research across academic, industry, hospital and government settings.

Megan's research interests lie at the intersection between social, mental and physical health. She has expertise in using statistical modelling and data science techniques to analyse clinical trials and quasi-experimental studies, describe real-world consumer pathways and outcomes, and evaluate complex interventions and services. Megan recently conducted an internal preliminary evaluation of the Indigenous Mental Health Intervention Program (IMHIP), Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led social and emotional wellbeing service for Indigenous adults in custody; and co-led the analysis for an NHMRC-funded study of the mental and sexual health of justice-involved young people in Queensland and Western Australia. She is currently a Chief Investigator on a MRFF-funded project to develop, implement and evaluate a social and emotional wellbeing model of transitional care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents in detention.