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 an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) within the Faculty of Medicine.

My research investigates active ageing with a focus on exploring relationships between sitting time, physical activity and (cognitive and physical) function in older people and people with chronic conditions. I develop and evaluate behaviour change interventions to help people sit less and move more. I also use data from a number of observational studies to investigate patterns in behaviour and how they relate to health outcomes. With colleagues at the Baker Institute, we are evaluating whether a 12-month program to encourage office workers with type 2 diabetes to sit less and move more results in changes to the cognitive function and biomakers related to inflammation and neurogenic factors.

I am part of the Our Voice Citizen Science global research network. This network has over 30 members across six continents and aims to improve health equity through allowing citizens to discover their environment, discuss their findings, and advocate for change. Completed projects include working with older adults in the community and health care settings to improve people's neigbourhoods and their experiences of rehabilitation.

I have a strong interest in diversity, equity and inclusion and co-founded the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Special Intersest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). I am also Vice-President (Finance) of the PHAA.

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.