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 Health Services Research (CHSR) within the Faculty of Medicine.

My research within CHSR will focus on relationships between prolonged sitting and cognitive function in older people. 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, as well as develop and evaluate behaviour change interventions to help people interrupt and reduce prolonged sitting. 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. This research also have relevence to physical function and other populations such as people with chronic conditions.

Recently I have been working with older adults in the community and health care settings on citizen science projects to improve people's neigbourhoods and their exoeriences of rehabilitation.

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.