Melinda Polimeni PhD


Melinda Polimeni, PhD is a registered psychologist specialising in program design and implementation in social services.  Over the last 15 years, Melinda’s work has focused on utilising both her clinical and research skills to lead a portfolio of projects across education, early childhood, health, welfare and disability sectors.

She has led a number of National and state-wide system reform initiatives in Australia, focused on evidence-informed intervention design and workforce capability building.  She has extensive experience in effectively tailoring, implementing, and scaling evidence informed approaches to meet the needs of governments and the NGO sector. Previously, Melinda worked as a school psychologist, providing psychological services to primary and secondary schools.

Melinda has a PhD from RMIT University (Australia), a Masters Degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne.

 In her role at CEI, Melinda is responsible for a portfolio of intervention design, implementation, and service reform initiatives focused on improving outcomes for children and families in contact with child protection, juvenile justice, and other social services.