Social Research Specialist

Michelle is a highly qualified research specialist and expert. Michelle’s out-of-the-box thinking allows us to bring unique insights to the organisations that Rapid Context works with. She is a leader when it comes to inductive research with expertise spanning a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods (including focus groups, in-depth interviews, survey design, data analysis, diagnostic interviews).


Michelle is a firm believer in the importance of an evidence base when it comes to research. She is highly skilled not just in gathering relevant research, but in critically evaluating it for quality and generalisability to our client’s specific needs.  At Rapid Context, we particularly value Michelle’s problem-solving expertise. She has a unique ability to investigate and break big problems down into smaller, digestible parts. She thinks abstractly and approaches the problem from many different angles in order to find the best way forward.


Michelle is particularly passionate about projects that overlap with social justice issues and where we can help a client to ‘do better’ – whether that is in terms of their corporate responsibility to their employees, their own productivity (the two of which frequently coincide), or their approach to a particular policy issue or problem.


Michelle works with clients from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences. She brings front-line experience to her work on sensitive topics (including family violence, clinical depression, trauma, suicide, and sexual assault). Michelle has particular subject matter expertise in relation to issues of gender and gendered violence.  Building on her previous role as a domestic violence crisis worker, as well as her role as a Lifeline Crisis Telephone Counsellor, Michelle brings critical real-world knowledge and experience to our work in this area.


  • Master of Social Research

  • Graduate Diploma Psychological

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Lifeline Crisis Telephone Training (Certificate III)

  • ASIST Suicide assessment and prevention (through Lifeline)

  • NVIVO and SPSS training



  • Irving, M., Eramudugolla, R., Cherbuin, N., & Anstey, K. J. (2017). A critical review of grading systems: implications for public health policy. Evaluation & the health professions, 40(2), 244-262.

  • Phillips, C. B., Hall, S., & Irving, M. (2016). Impact of interprofessional education about psychological and medical comorbidities on practitioners’ knowledge and collaborative practice: mixed method evaluation of a national program. BMC health services research, 16(1), 465.

  • Bleil, M. E., Appelhans, B. M., Latham, M. D., Irving, M. A., Gregorich, S. E., Adler, N. E., & Cedars, M. I. (2015). Neighborhood socioeconomic status during childhood versus puberty in relation to endogenous sex hormone levels in adult women. Nursing research, 64(3), 211.

  • DCRC-EDP. (2013). Knowledge Translation in Dementia Research: White paper. The Australian National University. Canberra.