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Dr Jessica Mackelprang

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Chair (Professional Programs) and Clinical & Health Psychologist


Background: Dr. Mackelprang earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University (USA) and completed postdoctoral fellowships at centers affiliated with the University of Washington. As a Clinical Fellow of Rehabilitation Psychology at Harborview Medical Center, she delivered consultation-liaison services and psychotherapy for trauma survivors across the lifespan, as well as for individuals living with chronic illnesses. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, she investigated trauma-related outcomes (e.g., suicidality) among survivors of traumatic brain injury and studied traumatic brain injury and health service utilisation among people experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining Swinburne in 2017, she was an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology at Seattle University. She is an endorsed Clinical and Health Psychologist.

Research interests: Broadly speaking, Dr. Mackelprang’s research investigates physical (e.g., traumatic brain injury) and psychological trauma among marginalised populations  (e.g., people experiencing homelessness), including suicidality, and the frontline workers who serve them. Her work aims to reduce inequities in health service access and health outcome inequities among these populations. She also studies equity in academia and topics related to improving training in postgraduate psychology. Dr. Mackelprang is interested in technology-informed solutions to deliver mental health interventions, to improve healthcare care continuity, and to optimise outcomes among populations who have difficulty accessing services as a result of physical disability, housing instability, or geographic remoteness. Her research involves a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods and has involved data from self-report surveys, interviews, administrative health records, and neuropsychological testing.

Professional service: Dr. Mackelprang is Deputy Chair (Professional Programs) in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Deputy Leader for the Swinburne Women's Academic Network (SWAN) Promotions Program, Past Chair of the Swinburne Indigenous Psychology Committee, a Member of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Educaton Project's (AIPEP) Community of Practice, and an Associate Editor for Clinical Psychologist. She is also an Affiliate Member of the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (Seattle, USA) and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Global and Engagement) at Federation University.

Research interests

Homelessness; Injury; Trauma; Rehabilitation; Suicide; Health services utilisation; Traumatic brain injury; Health disparities; Equity in academia

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Health Services And Systems - 420300
  • Public Health - 420600
  • Counselling Psychology - 520303
  • Health Psychology - 520304
  • Clinical Psychology - 520302

Teaching areas



  • 2022, Other, Top Cited Article 2020-2021, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • 2022, Swinburne, Innovation in Teaching & Learning Award, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2021, Swinburne, Adobe Innovation Grant, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor’s Team Reconciliation Award, Highly Commended (Robyn Delbridge, Doa El-Ansary, Loretta Garvey, Jessica Mackelprang & Anne Williams), Swinburne University of Technology

Professional memberships

  • 2020 (current): Associate Editor, Clinical Psychologist, Australia


Also published as: Mackelprang, Jessica; Mackelprang, J.; Mackelprang, J. L.; Mackelprang, Jessica L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Detecting family violence in male helpline callers *; ON THE LINE FUND SCHEME
  • 2021: Real-Time Assessment of Suicide Risk in Helpline Services Using Machine Learning *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2020: How Do School Costs Impact the Housing Stability of Low-Income Families and Their Children’s School Experiences? *; Anchor Inc Youth and Community
  • 2018: Developing and using VR, AR or Mixed reality for the management of chronic pain *; Medibank Private Limited Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children: an exploration of how the use of technology could catalyse system transformation *; FamilyLife_FL
  • 2018: Supporting homeless individuals with a history of brain injury: Assessing knowledge and building skills among frontline workers *; Mercy Foundation

* Chief Investigator