Dr Steve McMellor

Senior Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Steve McMellor
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    +44 (0) 1206 873650

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    2S2.5.26, Colchester Campus



Steve is a Senior Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Research and Practice Division in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. Steve currently leads the MSc and apprenticeship (PGDip.) programmes in Leadership in Health and Care. He has worked in Organisational Development as an Education Developer focussing on the development of pedagogic practice through leading the AdvanceHE accredited PGCHEP and Cadenza programmes, including the supervision of pedagogic research. Steve has a background teaching in the Life Sciences at Essex and at Aberdeen and alongside the Leadership programmes, currently focuses on developing academic skills, and development of pedagogic practice through mentoring and supporting colleagues across the seven divisions in HSC. He is also involved in curriculum design and development and provides academic support to students in HSC through teaching on Leadership, Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, Global Public Health, Advanced Clinical Practice and the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes. He has been a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for MHFA England since 2018 and has trained staff and students in Mental Health awareness and how to respond and support those in crisis or with additional needs. He is also certified in working with people with mental health needs. He is interested in the relationship between stress and burnout and the links between stress, trauma and addiction, and mental health. Steve has experienced Essex from wide range of perspectives as an UG student, PGR student, Post-doctoral Researcher, Lecturer and a member of Professional Services. He completed the PG Certificate in Higher Education Practice at Essex and has been a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in both early career and experienced categories and has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2017.


  • Postgradiate Certificate in Higher Education Practice University of Essex, (2012)

  • PhD Environmental Biology University of Essex, (2007)

  • BSc(Hons) Marine & Freshwater Biology University of Essex, (2004)


University of Essex

  • Education Developer, Organisational Development, University of Essex (20/4/2015 - 31/10/2022)

Other academic

  • Lecturer/ Senior Research Officer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex (2/3/2009 - 31/7/2013)

  • Teaching Fellow, School of Life Science and Medicine, University of Aberdeen (5/8/2013 - 3/4/2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Work related stress and burnout

Key words: Burnout

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Fundamentals of Behavioural Sciences (HS182)

  • Fundamentals of Lifesciences (HS183)

  • Person-Centred Care 1 (HS184)

  • The Therapeutic Practitioner (HS189)

  • Professional Skills 1 (HS194)

  • The Therapeutic Practitioner (HS245)

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (HS640)

  • Sustainability, Stewardship and Finance (HS676)

  • Clinical Research 3 (HS783)

  • Dissertation (HS982)

Previous supervision

Leslie James Cousins
Leslie James Cousins
Thesis title: Biodiversity Assessment: Moving Towards an Evidence-Based Index for Biodiversity Offsetting
Degree subject: Biological Sciences
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/5/2016


Journal articles (2)

McMellor, S. and Underwood, GJC., (2014). Water policy effectiveness: 30Years of change in the hypernutrified Colne estuary, England. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 81 (1), 200-209

McMellor, S. and Smith, DJ., (2007). The status of the reefs of the Ras Mohammed National Park. SAS Monograph, BAR International Series. Proceedings of Red Sea Project III (1661)

Books (1)

McMellor, S., (2009). A multi-metric index for coral reef survey, evaluation and assessment. 978-3639198126

Book chapters (1)

McMellor, S. and Smith, DJ., (2013). Coral reefs of the Wakatobi: Abundance and biodiversity. In: Marine Research and Conservation in the Coral Triangle. 11- 26. 9781616684730

Conferences (1)

McMellor, S. and Smith, DJ., Status of the reefs of the Ras Mohammed National Park, Sinai, Egypt

Reports and Papers (3)

McMellor, S., (2010). A review of the effects of chlorinated cooling water discharges on sub-littoral benthic communities: A review of the literature for Colchester Borough Council.

McMellor, S. and Smith, DJ., (2006). Monitoring Program Report Ras Mohammed National Park

McMellor, S. and Smith, DJ., (2005). Monitoring Program Report Ras Mohammed National Park

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