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Overview

Current Work

Active Logan: A study of physical activity participation, preferences, and facility use among Logan residents.

HABITAT: A 10 year study of physical activity in mid aged and older adults. This includes measures of (psychological, social and environmental) determinants and wellbeing; and objective assessment of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical functioning. (NHMRC APP1063476, APP497236, APP339718)

An evaluation of training allied health staff to provide brief behavioural counselling to increase walking among people with peripheral artery disease. (NHMRC APP1047453)

Understanding physical activity patterns, influences, attitudes, and preferences. This includes studies of people in the general population or with non communicable conditions.

Physical activity and wellbeing among university students and older adults.

Physical activity counselling for people with non communicable conditions.

Combining psychological and lifestyle counselling to promote wellbeing and resilience.
 

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 68 (Other: 68)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Clinical Health Psychology A (7241PSY_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Behaviour Change Skills (3018PSY)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Behaviour Change Skills (3018PSY)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Clinical Health Psychology A (7241PSY_P1)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

I am currently primary advisor for HDR students at Griffith University doing research on
- mastery and physical activity as resources for resilience in mid aged and older adults
- the impact of a flexible workplace on employees’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- social influences of physical activity in older adults
- behavioural counselling to promote physical activity for people with non-communicable conditions
- stress in dentistry academics.

I am also advising students doing research on
- psychological effects of aerobic and resistance high intensity interval training in people with type 2 diabetes
- exercise in pediatric cardiac care
- physical activity preferences among people with multiple myeloma

Recent graduates whom I have advised have done research on
- physical activity and wellbeing among young university students in United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh.
- physical activity patterns and preferences among inpatients with mental illness, and outpatient metabolic health counselling
- physical activity patterns, preferences, measurement and training for adults living with mental illness in the community
- resilience training to promote wellbeing in people with diabetes
- physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the workplace
- qigong to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes among people with elevated blood glucose



Background

Bio

I have a Masters in Clinical Psychology (UQ), a PhD in Public Health (QUT), and I am a registered psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology. I have worked in government, private practice and hospital settings, in areas related to vocational and psychiatric rehabilitation, employee assistance, stress/anxiety and health promotion.

My research program applies psychological knowledge to understand and promote health-related behaviour (e.g., physical activity) and wellbeing. The majority of my work is multi-disciplinary. My funded research projects total over $5million and I have 100+ research publications/reports.

I have 20+ years experience as a university academic in areas such as human movement & nutrition sciences, public health, health science, medicine, nursing, and exercise science. I have a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Griffith) and have designed and delivered university courses related to developmental health psychology, behavioural medicine, health promotion, counselling and communication, crisis intervention, and general psychopathology.

My work has direct relevance to policy and practice. I was one of the four research consultants for the development of Australia's Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines (2014). I was the health psychology consultant to the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority for the 2017 endorsed Health syllabus.

I joined Griffith University School of Applied Psychology in December 2017.
 

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, QUT - 2006
  • GCertHigherEd Graduate Certificate In Higher Education, Griffith University - 1995
  • MClPsych Master Of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland - 1992
  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, The University of Queensland - 1988

Academic experience

  • Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland 2010 - 2017
  • Research Fellow, The University of Queensland 2004 - 2010
  • Research Officer, QUT 1997 - 2003
  • Lecturer, Griffith University 1994 - 1996

Awards and Honours

  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society 2008 -

Professional experience

  • Psychologist, Park Road Psychology 1992 - 1998
  • Psychologist, Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services 1992 - 1994
  • Psychologist, Rosemount Psychiatric Hospital 1991 - 1993
  • Psychologist, Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services 1989 - 1990

Editorial roles

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2018 -

Professional memberships

  • Member, Australasian Society for Health & Behavioural Medicine 2016 -
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society College for Health Psychologists 1999 -
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society College for Clinical Psychologists 1996 -
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society 1994 -