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Senior Research Fellow


Dr Jacinta Francis is a Senior Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute. She is a public health researcher with over 20 years of research experience exploring how built, social and policy environments improve the social and emotional health of children and their families.

Dr Francis has worked across a wide range of public health and health promotion projects aiming to improve mental health and wellbeing, bullying prevention, safety, physical activity, and nutrition. Her projects have been conducted in schools, neighbourhoods, and online settings with a diverse range of children and families, including children with neurodiversity and paediatric patients with chronic health conditions.

Dr Francis’ current research interests include mental health promotion; bullying prevention; social inclusion; sense of community; built environments; restorative spaces; and food environments.