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 Melissa Meindl

Melissa Meindl

Research Assistant, CASCADE

School of Social Sciences

+44 (0)29 2251 0953
1-3 Museum Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3BD


I am a Research Assistant in the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) and my current research focuses on how to improve the accuracy of social worker’s decision-making abilities for the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care.

My educational background is in psychology and neuroscience and I previously worked in Australia as a practitioner in the homelessness sector, providing Enhanced Case Management and specialist support to children and youth with a background of homelessness, trauma, family violence, substance misuse and poor mental health.

I am experienced in working across multiple disciplines and have a wide range of research interests. I'm currently interested in child and adolescent mental health, the influence of cognitive biases on social workers, individual and social work practice characteristics that can break the cyclical nature of families involved in Children's Social Care, and the relationship between therapeutic techniques (yoga, mindfulness) and wider individual/family outcomes.


Academic Positions

  • 2018-Present: Research Assistant, Cardiff University

Education and Qualifications

  • 2013: B.Sc. Psychological Science (Minor in Behavioural Neuroscience), LaTrobe University, Australia.

Honours and awards

  • 2011, 2012 & 2013: Deans Honours List- Outstanding Academic Performance in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering. Latrobe University, Australia.






Since August 2018 I have been working on a programme of work for the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care. This has involved contributing to a number of qualitative and quantitative research projects including: