Researcher biography

My PhD was focused on understanding and influencing sedentary behaviour in older adults and I continue to develop this program of research with colleagues in Australia and internationally. I am currently a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow in the Centre for Geriatric Medicine (CRGM) within the School of Medicine.

My research within CRGM will focus on relationships between prolonged sitting and dementia. I use data from a number of cohort studies including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study. Self-report and objective data from these studies will allow for investigation of whether total or domain specific sitting time is associated with cognitive function and dementia. Another stream of research focuses on reducing prolonged sitting in older adults and those with chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Previous research areas have included evaluation of drug and alcohol treatment services, development and dissemination of parenting programs, the epidemiology of stillbirth and research on ageing.