Lecturer

Dr Sophia Lin

  • PhD in epidemiology: UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Education (Higher Education): UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Master of Public Health: University of Sydney, Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) (Honours): University of Sydney, Australia
medicine-health
Sch of Public Health & Com Med

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.

Phone
+61-2-93858682

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Akombi-Inyang B; Huda MN; Schutte AE; Macniven R; Lin S; Rawstorne P; Xu X; Renzaho A, 2021, 'The association between post-migration nutrition and lifestyle transition and the risk of developing chronic diseases among sub-Saharan African migrants: A mixed method systematic review protocol', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094706
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Obol JH; Lin S; Obwolo MJ; Harrison R; Richmond R, 2021, 'Knowledge, attitudes, and practice of cervical cancer prevention among health workers in rural health centres of Northern Uganda', BMC Cancer, vol. 21, pp. 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12885-021-07847-z
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Williamson F; Beetson J; Bartlett B; Boughton B; Taylor R, 2021, 'Quantifying low English literacy in Australian Aboriginal communities: a correlational study', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 48, pp. 267 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13384-020-00388-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Luna-Castillo KP; Lin S; Muñoz-Valle JF; Vizmanos B; López-Quintero A; Márquez-Sandoval F, 2021, 'Functional food and bioactive compounds on the modulation of the functionality of hdl-c: A narrative review', Nutrients, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu13041165
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Obol JH; Harrison R; Lin S; Obwolo MJ; Richmond R, 2020, 'Perceptions of key informants on the provision of cervical cancer prevention and control programme in Uganda: implication for cervical cancer policy', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, pp. 1396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09482-y
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Rocha VM; Taylor R, 2019, 'Artefactual inflation of type 2 diabetes prevalence in WHO STEP surveys', Tropical Medicine and International Health, vol. 24, pp. 477 - 483, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tmi.13213
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Linhart C, 2018, 'Continued increases in blood pressure over two decades in Samoa (1991–2013); around one-third of the increase explained by rising obesity levels', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6016-2
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Taylor R; Lin S; Linhart C; Morrell S, 2018, 'Overview of trends in cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors in Fiji', Annals of Human Biology, vol. 45, pp. 188 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2018.1465122
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Linhart CL; Naseri T; Lin S; Morrell S; Taylor R; McGarvey ST; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2017, 'Tobacco smoking trends in Samoa over four decades: can continued globalization rectify that which it has wrought?', Globalization and Health, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12992-017-0256-2
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Naseri T; Linhart CL; Morrell S; Taylor R; McGarvey ST; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2017, 'Diabetes incidence and projections from prevalence surveys in Samoa over 1978–2013', International Journal of Public Health, vol. 62, pp. 687 - 694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-017-0961-x
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Linhart C; Tukana I; Lin S; Taylor R; Morrell S; Vatucawaqa P; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2017, 'Declines and plateaux in smoking prevalence over three decades in Fiji', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 19, pp. 1315 - 1321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntw292
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Naseri T; Linhart C; Morrell S; Taylor R; McGarvey ST; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2017, 'Trends in diabetes and obesity in Samoa over 35 years, 1978–2013', Diabetic Medicine, vol. 34, pp. 654 - 661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dme.13197
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Wiseman V; Lagarde M; Batura N; Lin S; Irava W; Roberts G, 2017, 'Measuring inequalities in the distribution of the Fiji Health Workforce', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-017-0575-1
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Taing CY; Gibson AA; Colagiuri S; Vita P; Cardona-Morrell M; Bauman A; Moore M; Williams M; Milat A; Hony J; Lin S; Gwizd M; Fiatarone Singh MA, 2017, 'Primary analysis of the Mandarin-speaking sub-study within the Sydney diabetes prevention program', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol. 132, pp. 118 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2017.07.032
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Naseri T; Linhart C; Morrell S; Taylor R; McGarvey ST; Zimmet P, 2017, 'Response to comments by Hoyer and Brinks (2017) on: ‘Diabetes incidence and projections from prevalence surveys in Samoa over 1978–2013’', International Journal of Public Health, vol. 63, pp. 1 - 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-017-1042-x
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Hufanga S; Linhart CL; Morrell S; Taylor R; Magliano D; Zimmet P, 2016, 'Diabetes and obesity trends in Tonga over 40 years', Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, pp. 475 - 485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1010539516645156
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Morrell S; Lin S; Tukana I; Linhart CL; Taylor R; Vatucawaqa P; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2016, 'Diabetes incidence and projections from prevalence surveys in Fiji', Population Health Metrics, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12963-016-0114-0
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Taylor R; Zimmet P; Naseri T; Hufanga S; Tukana I; Magliano DJ; Lin S; Linhart C; Morrell S, 2016, 'Erroneous inflation of diabetes prevalence: Are there global implications?', Journal of Diabetes, vol. 8, pp. 766 - 769, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-0407.12447
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Linhart C; Tukana I; Lin S; Taylor R; Morrell S; Vatucawaqa P; Magliano D; Zimmet P, 2016, 'Continued increases in hypertension over three decades in Fiji, and the influence of obesity', Journal of Hypertension, vol. 34, pp. 402 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000000807
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Tukana I; Linhart CL; Morrell S; Taylor R; Vatucawaqa P; Magliano DJ; Zimmet P, 2015, 'Diabetes and obesity trends in Fiji over 30 years', Journal of Diabetes, vol. 8, pp. 533 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-0407.12326
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Fong J; Gyaneshwar R; Lin S; Morrell S; Taylor R; Brassil A; Stuart A; McGowan C, 2014, 'Cervical screening using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Treatment with cryotherapy in Fiji', Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol. 15, pp. 10757 - 10762, http://dx.doi.org/10.7314/APJCP.2014.15.24.10757
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Mirzaei M; Lin S; Taylor R, 2014, 'O216 Patterns of saturated and polyunsaturated fat intake: Trends from 48 countries, 1960-2000', Global Heart, vol. 9, pp. e60 - e61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2014.03.1421
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Roberts G; Lin S; Asimus L, 2012, 'Universal coverage and incentives to work in rural and remote areas of the Pacific', Pacific Health Dialog, vol. 18, pp. 78 - 83, http://www.pacifichealthdialog.org.fj/
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sophia Lin
    McKimm J; Newton PM; De Silva P; Campbell J; Kafoa B; Kiriton R; Lin S; Roberts GJ, 2012, 'Accreditation of healthcare professional education programs: A review of international trends and current approaches in Pacific island countries', Pacific Health Dialog, vol. 18, pp. 28 - 41, http://www.pacifichealthdialog.org.fj/
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sophia Lin
    McKimm J; Newton PM; De Silva A; Campbell J; Kafoa B; Kiriton R; Lin S; Roberts GJ, 2012, 'Commissioning the education of healthcare professionals: A review of international trends and approaches', Pacific Health Dialog, vol. 18, pp. 16 - 27, http://www.pacifichealthdialog.org.fj/
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Vita P; Colagiuri S; Davies D; Lin S; Williams M; Fiatarone Singh M; Bauman A; King L, 2011, 'Socio-economic and psychosocial differences of participants in the Sydney Diabetes Prevention Program and predictors of weight loss', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, vol. 5, pp. 20 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2011.08.092
  • Reports | 2017
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Reynolds RC; Lin S, 2017, Nutritional analysis of select on-the-go drinks, Boost Juice Pty Ltd
    Reports | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Kiribati
    Reports | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Marshall Islands
    Reports | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Tonga
    Reports | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Solomon Islands
    Reports | 2013
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2013, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Tokelau
    Reports | 2013
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S, 2013, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Republic of Vanuatu
  • Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Mirzaei M; Lin S; Taylor R, 2014, 'Patterns of dietary fat consumption and coronary heart disease mortality: Trends from 50 countries, 1960-2010', presented at World Congress of Cardiology, Melbourne, Australia, 04 May 2014 - 07 May 2014
    Conference Posters | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Lewycka S; Taylor R, 2014, 'Trends in obesity and diabetes in Fiji, 1980-2011', Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, presented at 12th International Congress on Obesity, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, 17 March 2014 - 20 March 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Taylor RJ; Lin S, 2014, 'Trends in saturated fat intake in Pacific Island countries and territories, 1961-2009', presented at Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Workshop, Taipei, Taiwan, 24 September 2014 - 27 September 2014
    Conference Posters | 2013
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Lin S; Taylor R, 2013, 'Trends in obesity and diabetes prevalence in Fiji: 1980-2011', Hang Zhou, China, presented at Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Workshop, Hang Zhou, China, 29 October 2013 - 01 November 2013
    Conference Posters | 2011
    Dr Sophia Lin
    Vita P; Colagiuri S; Davies D; Lin S; Williams M; Fiatarone-Singh M; Bauman A; King L, 2011, 'Socio-economic and psychosocial differences of participants in the Sydney Diabetes Prevention Program and predictors of weight loss', Adelaide, Australia, presented at Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Meeting, Adelaide, Australia, 20 October 2011 - 22 October 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2011.08.092

Awards

Grants

  • 2020: Lowitja Institute Project Grant ($200,000)

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