Research Interests: Research interests are quite numerous, reflecting the varied areas epidemiologists may work in. Specific areas include the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases and other infectious diseases, perinatal epidemiology, especially the area of breastfeeding, maternal and child health, physical activity, nutrition, obesity, the impact of the environment on health, and decision aids. I am particularly interested in practical, applied epidemiology and workplace-based learning.
See my full list of publications at Google Scholar (link at bottom of page)
Broad Research Areas:
Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, Vaccine Preventable Diseases and other Infectious Diseases, Population Health, Preventive Medicine, Obesity
BAppSc, GradDipHSc (Epi & Biostats), MAppEpid, PhD
PhD/DrPH student supervision
Vanessa Shrewsbury. Associate supervisor. Thesis title: ‘Management of overweight and obesity in adolescents and the role of parents’. PhD awarded 2011.
Jasim Anwar. Co-supervisor. Topic: 'Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Surveillance System: A systematic approach for applying neonatal interventions.’
Louise Maher. Primary supervisor. Thesis title: ‘Applied Professional Practice In Public Health: Promoting Equitable Health Services Delivery Through Evaluation And Research’. (Dean’s Award for outstanding research). DrPH awarded 2013.
Praveena Gunaratnam. Primary supervisor. Thesis submitted 2014. Thesis title: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Evidence Based Public Health’. DrPH awarded 2015.
Erin Passmore. Joint primary supervisor. Thesis to be submitted in 2015. Thesis title: ‘Research and evaluation to inform public health practice’.
Belinda Crawford. Primary supervisor. Thesis to be submitted in 2015.
Alexis Zander. Co-supervisor. Thesis title: ‘Applied Public Health Research in New South Wales’. DrPH awarded 2015.
Evan Freeman. Co-supervisor Thesis title: ‘Evidence Informed Public Health Policy and Practice’. DrPH awarded 2014.
Nicola Scott. Co-supervisor. Thesis submitted August 2014. Thesis title: ‘Informing Public Health Policy and Practice in Populations with Diverse Needs’.
Emma Quinn. Co-supervisor. Thesis title: ‘Improving the health of vulnerable groups: addressing health inequities through applied public health research’. DrPH awarded 2015.
Henning Liljeqvist. Co-supervisor. Thesis to be submitted in 2015.
Emma Field. Co-supervisor. Enrolled in DrPH in 2014.
Erin Sparrow. Co-supervisor. Enrolled in DrPH in 2014.
Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australasian Epidemiology Association (AEA). Member since 1996. Student representative 1998-2001. Membership secretary 2010-2014. Vice president 2012-2014.
International Epidemiology Association (IEA). Member
Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). member since 1996.
Specific Research Keywords:
Epidemiology, Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, Preventative Medicine, Vaccine preventable diseases, Surveillance,