Senior Research Fellow
BA(Psych honours) PhD
Lynne is a Senior Research Fellow who is part of the team evaluating the Early Years Initiative. This initiative seeks to improve the development, health and learning of children from conception to four years, and to create lasting change.
Lynne believes that to create lasting and impactful change, a systems science approach to implementation and evaluation at a community-level must be adopted. She has many years experience in this field mainly in the prevention of obesity and the promotion of mental health.
Lynne’s expertise was recognised through being awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) to progress the science of systems approaches to public health.
She has led and/or been a team member on many large projects: the ACT IYM Project (a systems approach to adolescent obesity and mental health); the Pacific Obesity Prevention in communities Project, the COMPACT (Childhood Obesity Modelling for Prevention and Community Translation), the Systems Trial of Prevention Strategies for childhood obesity: WHO STOPS Childhood Obesity Project (CIB NHMRC Partnership Project APP1114118. $3,614,066.80. 2016 – 2021), YCHANGe (Yarriambiack Creating Healthy Active Nourished Generations), and NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Policy Research in Obesity and Food Systems.
Lynne holds a PhD in Public Health from Deakin University, Victoria.
A mixed-methods evaluation of a health-promoting café located in a small health service in rural Victoria, Australia
Residents of rural areas internationally typically experience chronic disease risk profiles worse than city dwellers. Poor diet, a key driver of chronic disease, has been associated with unhealthy food environments, and rural areas often experience limited access to healthy, fresh and affordable food.Published research Nutrition School and Community Wellbeing
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