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Senior Research Officer, Activated OSHC

BHSc (Hons), PhD

Karen is a Senior Research Officer with the Child Physical Activity, Health and Development team, working on the Activated Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) project.  This project focuses on the implementation of OSHC physical activity and screen time best practice guidelines, recently developed in close consultation with the OSHC sector and stakeholders. Resources and an accreditation package will be evaluated in a randomised controlled trial involving 162 OSHC services across three states: South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Karen’s key research interests include nutrition and physical activity, body image and the prevention of alcohol uptake by adolescents. Her past roles have included investigating diverse research areas including COVID-19; social and emotional wellbeing and the arts;  and evaluation of a community-led initiative designed to improve outcomes in early childhood. Karen completed her PhD in 2018, designing, implementing and evaluating of the impact of a body image professional development program for Early Childhood Educators.