Michael Wilson: Early Career Researcher

Michael Wilson is a Research Assistant at Orygen; Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. He completed his Honours degree in Psychology and has ambitions of undertaking a PhD in the field of men’s mental health with joint clinician training. He works with the Gender and Social Psychiatry Lab at Orygen, led by A/Prof Simon Rice, and has closely collaborated with the Positive Masculinity Program (+M) at Brighton Grammar School, since 2018. Michael has led the development and publication of two important pieces of research from the +M Program, published I 2021. 

The first study is titled Operationalizing positive masculinity: a theoretical synthesis and school-based framework to engage boys and young men, and was published in the peer reviewed journal Health Promotion International (doi: 10.1093/heapro/daab031). The paper reviews divergent perspectives on positive masculinity, and forwards a refined definition, specific to and operationalised to the psychosocial health promotion among boys and young men in school settings.

The second study is titled The Making of Men program: a mixed-methods evaluation of a gender-sensitive rite of passage program for adolescent males, published in International Journal of Men’s Community and Social Health (doi: 10.22374/ijmsch.v4i1.52). This study, to our knowledge, is the first quantitive analysis of outcomes associated with attendance ar a rite or passge program for adolecsnebt biuys and their fathers/male mentors. Positive program acceptability and promising outcome effects highlighted the present rite of passage program as a promising mechanism for supporting healthy masculine identity development among adolescent males.

This work demonstrates Michael’s ability as an Early Career Researcher in the field of men’s mental health. He has also co-authored six other publicised peer-reviewed papers (8 publications in total) including in journals such as American Journal of Men’s Health, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, and Clinical Psychologist. For an Early Career Researcher yet to undertake a Masters of Doctorate degree, Michael’s contributions and research scholarship are exceptional. I strongly endorse his nomination for the Contribution to Men’s Health Research (Early Career Researcher) Award from AMHF.


Nominated by Dr Ray Swann, Deputy Headmaster, Brighton Grammar


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