Dr Melanie Keep

PhD, MEd (Higher Education), BPsych
Senior Lecturer
Coordinator, Bachelor of Science (Health)

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone + 61 9351 9390

Website Mental Health

Biographical details

Dr Keep is an early career researcher with a focus on eHealth, the use of technology to improve healthcare, and supporting the student experience. Underpinning Dr Keep’s research is a motivation to facilitate access to healthcare and enhance the training of future health professionals using technology. In particular, she is interested in examining the role of communication between patients and health practitioners for better outcomes and how this changes in the eHealth context.

Dr Keep's research investigates how practitioners use technology to deliver healthcare and integrates this into her curriculum. She evaluates how technology can be used to facilitate learning (eLearning) in the health context and how to better equip health professionals for a health sector that increasingly includes eHealth methods and interventions.

With a focus on building student leadership, Dr Keep’s scholarship of learning and teaching has included building opportunities for undergraduate research (in large scale programs as well as mentoring small groups of junior undergraduate students in research) and peer mentoring.

Research interests

  • eHealth with emphasis on patient-practitioner communication and its role in improving healthcare
  • Cyberpsychology, including social media and online support groups
  • Telehealth
  • The first year student experience

Dr Keep is a member of the Mental Health research team.

Teaching and supervision

Melanie teaches in her discipline area of eHealth, particularly eMental Health and psychology, as well as research methods. She is the First Year Experience Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences and can supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Experiences of social interaction for adolescents with language disorder (LD) Nichola SHELTON

Current projects

Leveraging eApplications for Patients and their families: evaluating the implementation and impact of introducing patient portals in a large children’s hospital.

Social media and well-being: exploring the impact of social media and well-being, specifically around image sharing on Instagram, and online support groups.

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Faculty of Health Sciences Early Career Teacher Award
  • 2011 Widening Participation Scholar
  • 2007-2010 Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2013 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (Early Career Teacher)
  • 2014 Faculty of Health Sciences Award for Support of the Student Experience
  • 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Support of the Student Experience
  • Pearson and ACODE Award for Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery

Selected grants

2019

  • Teaming up: University-wide partnerships to support collaborative learning; Keep M, Smith L, Bartimote-Aufflick K, Willey K, Fletcher J, Johnson A, Nguyen H; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Co-designing the first year experience: Transforming the FYE website; Jarkey N, Stott C, Keep M, Liu D, Haley S; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2017

  • Gamified: Using gamification to enhance engagement, develop teamwork skills and support students' sense of belonging.; Keep M, Janssen A, Shaw T, Fripp G; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Student Leadership OLE (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Lewis S, Shirley D, Bell A, Lincoln M, Sakhaee E, Johinke R, Burgess A, Keep M, Zeric M, Choi C, Anderson L, Morr J, Teague M, Rodrigo D; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Health Innovation project - A project-based unit built in partnership between researchers & industries in a global context (Project-based units); Caillaud C, Yacef K, Carroll M, Halaki M, Keep M, McCabe P, Haq I, Oakeshott J, Sayan A, Gregoire M, Macia L, Higgins C; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2016

  • eHealthMap: a collaborative core curriculum and resource repository for eHealth readiness across health professional degrees; Shaw T, Togher L, Gallagher R, Dracopoulos S, Jones C, Bero L, Smith L, Keep M, Brunner M, Lam M, Nagarajan S, McGregor D, Morris J, Cook D, Tseris E, McEntee M, Janssen A, Mann G; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Using Analytics to Push the Boundaries of the Online Discussion Forum; Keep M, Bartimote-Aufflick K, Bridgeman A, Liu D, Pardo A, Taylor C, Nguyen H; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART); Togher L, Shaw T, Lam M, Poon S, Campbell A, Dew A, Philip R, McEntee M, Dennis S, Power E, Keep M, Nagarajan S, Amon K, O'Dea B, McKeough Z, Penman M, Lincoln M; University of Sydney/MiniSYRENS.

2010

  • Pilot Mentoring Program for Physiotherapy Clinical Educators in the Faculty of Health Sciences; Leithhead I, Keep M, Thomson K; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Philip, R., Nagarajan, S., Lincoln, M. (2014). "I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals' attitude towards engaging in e-healthcare. In Heather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Louise K. Schaper (Eds.), Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future, (pp. 60-66). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. In H Grain, L K Schaper (Eds.), Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now, (pp. 72-78). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Keep, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Fullwood, C., Chadwick, D., Keep, M., Attrill-Smith, A., Asbury, T., Kirwan, G. (2019). Lurking towards empowerment: Explaining propensity to engage with online health support groups and its association with positive outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 131-140. [More Information]
  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Attrill-Smith, A. (2017). Controlling you watching me: Measuring perception control on social media. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(9), 561-566. [More Information]
  • Kelson, J., Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2017). Development and evaluation of an online acceptance and commitment therapy program for anxiety: Phase I iterative design. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 35(2), 135-151. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Yu, D., Poon, S., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Power, E., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2017). eHealth readiness for teams: A comprehensive conceptual model. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 239, 119-125. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Amon, K. (2017). Follow me: Exploring the effect of personality and stranger connections on Instagram use. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 9(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Janssen, A., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Hines, M., Nagarajan, S., Kielly-Carroll, C., Dennis, S., McKeough, Z., Shaw, T. (2017). Interdisciplinary eHealth practice in cancer care: A review of the literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(11), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., McGregor, D., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Barnet, S. (2017). What is eHealth (6)? Development of a Conceptual Model for eHealth: Qualitative Study with Key Informants. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(10). [More Information]
  • Thomson, K., Keep, M., Leithhead, I. (2016). Peer mentoring for clinical educators: A case study in Physiotherapy. Focus on Health Professional Education: A multi-disciplinary journal, 17(3), 30-44. [More Information]
  • Lam, M., Hines, M., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Nagarajan, S., Keep, M., Penman, M., Power, E. (2016). Preparedness for eHealth: Health Sciences Students' knowledge, skills and confidence. Journal of Information Technology Education, 15(2016), 305-334.
  • Campbell, A., Amon, K., Keep, M., Cumming, S., Selby, H., Lincoln, M., Neville, V., Bhullar, N., Magor-Blatch, L., Oxman, L., Gonczi, A., et al (2015). Virtual World Interview Skills Training for Students Studying Health Professions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33(2), 156-171. [More Information]
  • Rodrigo, D., Khamis, C., Lead, P., Sahukar, Z., McDonagh, N., Keep, M. (2014). Same-same but different: Integrating central university support and faculty-specific knowledge for mentor training. A Practice Report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(2), 111-117. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Bin, Y., Campbell, A. (2012). Comparing online and offline self-disclosure: a systematic review. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 15(2), 103-111. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.

Conferences

  • Phillips, J., Poon, S., Yu, D., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Power, E., Keep, M., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2017). A Conceptual Measurement Model for eHealth Readiness: A Team Based Perspective. 2017 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (AMIA 2017), Washington D.C: American Medical Informatics Association.
  • McGregor, D., Keep, M., Brunner, M., Janssen, A., Quinn, D., Avery, J., Togher, L., Shaw, T. (2017). Preparing e-health ready graduates: A qualitative focus group study. 25th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2017), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Yu, D., Poon, S., Tran, V., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Power, E., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2016). Exploring Health Technology Evaluation in the Context of e Health: A qualitative study to understand its role in enabling interdisciplinary healthcare. 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2016), Istanbul: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL).
  • Amon, K., Keep, M. (2015). Secret missions in eHealth: Social media and professionalism. STARS Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success 2015, Melbourne, Australia: Jason Thomas Events Pty Ltd.
  • Lam, M., Hines, M., Keep, M., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Penman, M., Nagarajan, S., Power, E. (2015). Setting Students Up for Success: Health Sciences Students' Readiness to Use Technology in the Workplace. 2015 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-15), Brisbane, Australia.
  • Keep, M., Lewis, S., Caillaud, C. (2014). Belong@FHS - Appreciation for diversity and teamwork skills from Peer Mentoring. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2014 Conference, Hong Kong, China: HERDSA.
  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. 21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2013), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Selby, H. (2013). First year health interviewing in a virtual world. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.
  • Mekdessi, R., Curan, B., Lam, B., Grech, A., Keep, M. (2013). Health sciences peer-mentoring: A student-staff-alumni collaboration. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.
  • Keep, M., Lam, B., Mekdessi, R. (2012). Bachelor of Health Sciences Mentoring Program. Widening Participation Showcase 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Cummings, K., Lincoln, M. (2012). Health interviewing in a virtual world: Demonstrated increases in interviewing self-efficacy. 2nd ACU Simulation in Health Education Showcase, Sydney, Australia: Australian Catholic University.
  • Ricketts, V., Lam, B., Grech, A., Keep, M. (2012). Mentoring Health Sciences students: Facilitating belongingness and social inclusion. Sydney Teaching Colloquium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2012). Online communication in different contexts: Social and eHealth Disclosures. Communicating Health Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual world interview skills training for Health Professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual worlds interview skills training for health professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.
  • Leithhead, I., Keep, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Keep, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Keep, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • White, F., Owens, C., Keep, M. (2008). Using a constructive feedback approach to effectively reduce student plagiarism among first-year psychology students. UniServe Science Symposium 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.

2019

  • Fullwood, C., Chadwick, D., Keep, M., Attrill-Smith, A., Asbury, T., Kirwan, G. (2019). Lurking towards empowerment: Explaining propensity to engage with online health support groups and its association with positive outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 131-140. [More Information]

2018

  • Brunner, M., McGregor, D., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Spallek, H., Quinn, D., Jones, A., Tseris, E., Yeung, W., Togher, L., Shaw, T., et al (2018). An eHealth capabilities framework for graduates and health professionals: Mixed-methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 20(5), e10229. [More Information]

2017

  • Phillips, J., Poon, S., Yu, D., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Power, E., Keep, M., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2017). A Conceptual Measurement Model for eHealth Readiness: A Team Based Perspective. 2017 American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (AMIA 2017), Washington D.C: American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Keep, M., Attrill-Smith, A. (2017). Controlling you watching me: Measuring perception control on social media. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(9), 561-566. [More Information]
  • Kelson, J., Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2017). Development and evaluation of an online acceptance and commitment therapy program for anxiety: Phase I iterative design. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 35(2), 135-151. [More Information]
  • Phillips, J., Yu, D., Poon, S., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Power, E., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2017). eHealth readiness for teams: A comprehensive conceptual model. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 239, 119-125. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Amon, K. (2017). Follow me: Exploring the effect of personality and stranger connections on Instagram use. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 9(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Janssen, A., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Hines, M., Nagarajan, S., Kielly-Carroll, C., Dennis, S., McKeough, Z., Shaw, T. (2017). Interdisciplinary eHealth practice in cancer care: A review of the literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(11), 1-14. [More Information]
  • McGregor, D., Keep, M., Brunner, M., Janssen, A., Quinn, D., Avery, J., Togher, L., Shaw, T. (2017). Preparing e-health ready graduates: A qualitative focus group study. 25th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2017), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Shaw, T., McGregor, D., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Janssen, A., Barnet, S. (2017). What is eHealth (6)? Development of a Conceptual Model for eHealth: Qualitative Study with Key Informants. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(10). [More Information]

2016

  • Yu, D., Poon, S., Tran, V., Lam, M., Hines, M., Brunner, M., Keep, M., Power, E., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Shaw, T., Togher, L. (2016). Exploring Health Technology Evaluation in the Context of e Health: A qualitative study to understand its role in enabling interdisciplinary healthcare. 24th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2016), Istanbul: AIS Electronic Library (AISeL).
  • Thomson, K., Keep, M., Leithhead, I. (2016). Peer mentoring for clinical educators: A case study in Physiotherapy. Focus on Health Professional Education: A multi-disciplinary journal, 17(3), 30-44. [More Information]
  • Lam, M., Hines, M., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Nagarajan, S., Keep, M., Penman, M., Power, E. (2016). Preparedness for eHealth: Health Sciences Students' knowledge, skills and confidence. Journal of Information Technology Education, 15(2016), 305-334.

2015

  • Amon, K., Keep, M. (2015). Secret missions in eHealth: Social media and professionalism. STARS Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success 2015, Melbourne, Australia: Jason Thomas Events Pty Ltd.
  • Lam, M., Hines, M., Keep, M., Lowe (nee Thompson), R., Penman, M., Nagarajan, S., Power, E. (2015). Setting Students Up for Success: Health Sciences Students' Readiness to Use Technology in the Workplace. 2015 International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-15), Brisbane, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Amon, K., Keep, M., Cumming, S., Selby, H., Lincoln, M., Neville, V., Bhullar, N., Magor-Blatch, L., Oxman, L., Gonczi, A., et al (2015). Virtual World Interview Skills Training for Students Studying Health Professions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33(2), 156-171. [More Information]

2014

  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Philip, R., Nagarajan, S., Lincoln, M. (2014). "I can do it": Does confidence and perceived ability in learning new ICT skills predict pre-service health professionals' attitude towards engaging in e-healthcare. In Heather Grain, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Louise K. Schaper (Eds.), Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future, (pp. 60-66). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Keep, M., Lewis, S., Caillaud, C. (2014). Belong@FHS - Appreciation for diversity and teamwork skills from Peer Mentoring. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2014 Conference, Hong Kong, China: HERDSA.
  • Rodrigo, D., Khamis, C., Lead, P., Sahukar, Z., McDonagh, N., Keep, M. (2014). Same-same but different: Integrating central university support and faculty-specific knowledge for mentor training. A Practice Report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5(2), 111-117. [More Information]

2013

  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. 21st Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2013), Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Lam, M., Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2013). E-health as a life long learning process: How to prepare health professionals for this journey. In H Grain, L K Schaper (Eds.), Health Informatics: Digital Health Service Delivery - The Future is Now, (pp. 72-78). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Selby, H. (2013). First year health interviewing in a virtual world. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.
  • Mekdessi, R., Curan, B., Lam, B., Grech, A., Keep, M. (2013). Health sciences peer-mentoring: A student-staff-alumni collaboration. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.

2012

  • Keep, M., Lam, B., Mekdessi, R. (2012). Bachelor of Health Sciences Mentoring Program. Widening Participation Showcase 2012, Sydney, Australia.
  • Keep, M., Bin, Y., Campbell, A. (2012). Comparing online and offline self-disclosure: a systematic review. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 15(2), 103-111. [More Information]
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Cummings, K., Lincoln, M. (2012). Health interviewing in a virtual world: Demonstrated increases in interviewing self-efficacy. 2nd ACU Simulation in Health Education Showcase, Sydney, Australia: Australian Catholic University.
  • Ricketts, V., Lam, B., Grech, A., Keep, M. (2012). Mentoring Health Sciences students: Facilitating belongingness and social inclusion. Sydney Teaching Colloquium, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Keep, M., Campbell, A. (2012). Online communication in different contexts: Social and eHealth Disclosures. Communicating Health Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Keep, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual world interview skills training for Health Professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual worlds interview skills training for health professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.

2011

  • Leithhead, I., Keep, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Keep, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Keep, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

2010

  • Keep, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.

2008

  • White, F., Owens, C., Keep, M. (2008). Using a constructive feedback approach to effectively reduce student plagiarism among first-year psychology students. UniServe Science Symposium 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Uniserve Science.

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