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Dr Merrilyn Hooley

Dip App Sc (Dental Therapy), BA (Psychology)(Hons), Grad Cert Higher Education, PhD

Merrilyn graduated with a Diploma in Applied Science (Dental Therapy) in 1982 and worked for a number of years in public dentistry within the Victorian School Dental Service. She developed an interest in the ways individuals’ personalities and moods affected their response to dental treatment and began studying Psychology part time in 1992, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 1999, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) in 2001, and PhD in 2007. In 2012 she graduated with a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education.Since 2009, Merrilyn has worked as a developmental psychologist in the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne where she teaches undergraduate students and supervises post-graduate research students. Her research interests revolve around parenting and parent-child relationships and the ways these factors influence children’s health (dental health and obesity) and psychological outcomes.

Recent articles by Dr Merrilyn Hooley

Oral Health and Self-Esteem

Balance by Deborah Hutton

When asked about the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world, very few people identify tooth decay. Yet tooth decay is one of the most prevalent[i] communicable, infectious diseases in the world; it affects nearly half of Australian 6-year old...

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