BSc, PostGrad Dip (Health Promotion)
Trina is a Research Assistant working with the PLAYCE (PLAY Spaces and Environments for Children’s Physical Activity, Health and Development) Research Group. She is also a Master of Public Health student at UWA and is currently completing her research dissertation at Telethon Kids Institute investigating the association between parent’s perceptions of the neighbourhood built environment and preschool children’s social-emotional development.
She has previously held several health promotion policy and project positions. Her research interests focus on the influence of the urban environment on children’s physical and mental health and development.
The moderating role of parent perceptions in relationships between objectively measured neighbourhood environment attributes and pre-schooler's physical activity: Findings from the PLAYCE study
We examined the moderating effects of parent perceptions of the neighbourhood environment on associations between objectively measured neighbourhood environment attributes and physical activity among pre-schoolers. The number of neighbourhood parks was positively associated with pre-schooler energetic play when parents had above average perceptions of access to services.Published research Early Childhood Development Child Physical Activity, Health and DevelopmentOctober 2022
Built Environments And Child Health in WalEs and AuStralia (BEACHES): a study protocol
Childhood obesity and physical inactivity are two of the most significant modifiable risk factors for the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Yet, a third of children in Wales and Australia are overweight or obese, and only 20% of UK and Australian children are sufficiently active.Published research Parenting & Families Child Physical Activity, Health and Development Geospatial Health and Development Child and adolescent healthMay 2022
Parents' Perceptions of the Neighbourhood Built Environment Are Associated with the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children
The influence of the neighbourhood built environment on young children's physical development has been well-documented; however, there is limited empirical evidence of an association with social and emotional development. Parental perceptions of the neighbourhood built environment may act as facilitators or barriers to young children's play and interactions in their local environment. The aim of this study was to examine the associations between parents' perceptions of the neighbourhood built environment and the social-emotional development of children aged two-to-five years.Published research Early Childhood Development Child Physical Activity, Health and Development
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