Nicole is the Project Coordinator for the Childhood Trauma Team within Youth Mental Health at the Telethon Kids Institute.
Nicole works closely with Embrace Program Manager Grace Brown and the Childhood Trauma Team leads, Professor Helen Milroy and Dr Alix Woolard.
Nicole works with all areas of the research team to provide project management, research, and administrative support to ensure high quality research outcomes. Nicole has experience working on health promotion projects including obesity prevention and mental health projects in childhood trauma. She is currently working on an intervention to improve the psychological recovery of children who experience traumatic burn injuries and other trauma focused projects that aim to improve the lives of children and young people.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Health Science with First Class Honours and is passionate about prevention and early intervention in child mental and physical health.
Powerful promotions: An investigation of the teen-directed marketing power of outdoor food advertisements located near schools in Australia
Adolescents are heavily exposed to unhealthy outdoor food advertisements near schools, however, the marketing power of these advertisements among adolescents has not yet been explored. This study aimed to investigate the teen-directed marketing features present and quantify the overall marketing power of outdoor food advertisements located near schools to explore any differences by content (ie, alcohol, discretionary, core and miscellaneous foods) school type (ie, primary, secondary, K-12) and area-level socio-economic status (SES; ie, low vs high).Published research Child Health, Development & Education Early Childhood Development Nutrition Youth Mental Health Food and Nutrition Early Neurodevelopment and Mental HealthJuly 2022
Children's exposure to outdoor food advertising near primary and secondary schools in Australia
Previous research has highlighted children's frequent exposure to advertisements of unhealthy food and beverages on television. However, the food industry is increasingly utilising non-broadcast channels such as outdoor advertising (eg billboards, bus shelters, shop fronts) for product marketing.Published research Early Childhood Development Nutrition Food and NutritionOctober 2021
Early childhood caries, primary caregiver oral health knowledge and behaviours and associated sociological factors in Australia: a systematic scoping review
Early childhood caries disproportionately affects vulnerable groups and remains a leading cause of preventable hospital admissions for Western Australian children. The Western Australia State Oral Health Plan seeks to improve child oral health through universal and targeted health promotion initiatives with primary caregivers.Published research Early Childhood Development Youth Mental HealthJuly 2021
Exposure to unhealthy food and beverage advertising during the school commute in Australia
Food marketing exposure has the potential to influence children's dietary behaviours and health status, however, few studies have identified how 'obesogenic' the outdoor food marketing environment is along public transport (bus and/or train) or walking routes that children take to school.Published research Academic Biostatistics Nutrition Food and Nutrition
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