My research interests and experience for more than a decade has been in chronic disease prevention and control, primarily in obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cervical cancer. I have experience working with a range of communities including in Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse adults in urban and rural Australia, the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Marshall Islands), Asia (Sri Lanka, Myanmar), and East Africa (Uganda).
I am establishing myself as a researcher who has expertise in the use of existing data to support community groups and organisations to develop, deliver, evaluate and advocate for solutions to urgent public health problems of importance to them. In particular, I bring my prior experiences as a nutritionist and dietitian and close collaboration with diverse communities.
I am currently a Lecturer in the School of Population Health, teaching undergraduate courses in epidemiology, chronic disease program evaluation, and physical activity and nutrition advocacy. In addition, I serve as the Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of International Public Health program and am Chair of the Early Career and Postgraduate Students Sub-Committee of CAPHIA (Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia). I completed my PhD from UNSW Sydney in 2017, which investigated the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemiology in three Pacific Island nations. My previous studies include a Master of Public Health (majoring in the chronic disease stream) and Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) (Honours) from the University of Sydney. Immediately prior to commencing employment at UNSW in 2011, I worked as a Research Dietitian at The Boden Institute.