Senior Research Fellow
PhD (Public Health), PostGrad Dip (Health Promotion), BApp Sc
Dr Natasha Pearce is a health promotion researcher focused on the translation, implementation and scaling-up of evidence to achieve wellbeing and social impact for children, families and communities. A Senior Research Fellow within the Health Promotion and Education Research team at the Telethon Kids Institute in Western Australia, her work involves applying the principals of translation and implementation science in a range of health and education practice and policy settings. Specifically, her research has involved developing and evaluating a range of school and community-based interventions aimed at improving child and adolescent wellbeing with government, industry and research partners. Current work involves supporting government agencies in the uptake of evidence and providing system-level implementation support as well as the development and testing of interventions.
Her work covers a range of child and adolescent health issues including mental health, socio-emotional wellbeing, learning and behaviour, bullying and cyber bullying prevention, healthy eating and weight, drug, alcohol and road safety in schools. Dr Pearce has played a significant role within the research team responsible for the development, testing and dissemination of Friendly Schools: the most evidence-based whole-school bullying prevention intervention in Australia. With an educational background in public health and health promotion, Dr Pearce holds a strong interest in the field of prevention and implementation science and is committed to bridging the evidence to practice gap in getting what works to those that need it.