PhD, Post Grad Dip (Hlth Prom), BSc (Hons)
Robyn Johnston has worked with the Health Promotion and Education Research Team at Telethon Kids Institute since 2018. She currently coordinates two Healthway-funded research projects supporting parents to reduce adolescent alcohol use and related harms. The Supporting Family Conversations Project (2018-2021) is developing and evaluating online and school-based resources for parents of Year 7 students. The Fathers and Adolescent Alcohol Use project (2020-2022) is exploring fathers’ roles in alcohol-related parenting and identify approaches and messages likely to increase their use of evidence-based strategies to prevent adolescent alcohol-related harm.
Robyn has considerable experience in school-based research and intervention research. Her areas of interest include parents’ roles in reducing adolescent alcohol-related harms; children’s social-emotional wellbeing and sun safety education.
A novel skin cancer prevention strategy: Preservice teachers' perceptions of a sun safety intervention and experiences in schools
Teachers play a vital role in developing children's sun protection routines however upskilling preservice teachers (PSTs) while at university has not yet been trialled as a targeted skin cancer prevention strategy. Hence, this study investigated PSTs perceptions and experiences of sun safety following a brief pilot intervention and placement in primary schools in Western Australia.Children's Cancers Published research Vitamin D and Sunlight School and Community WellbeingMay 2021
Targeted Teacher Education to Improve Primary Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge and Understanding of UV and Effective Sun Protection Measures for Children
Teachers are responsible for children at school during peak ultraviolet (UV) times of the day. It is paramount that teachers have knowledge and understanding of UV to effectively protect themselves and their students. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the effect of a short intervention on preservice teachers’ sun protective behaviours, knowledge and perceived skill to teach sun safety.Published research Vitamin D and Sunlight School and Community Wellbeing
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