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Dr Kristiann Heesch

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work

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Name
Dr Kristiann Heesch
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5460
Fax
+61 7 3138 3369
Email
Location
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Social Media
LinkedIn
Qualifications

DrPH(public health) (University of Texas System), MPH (University of Texas System)

Professional memberships
and associations

General memberships

Australian Health Promotion Association(current)

International Society of Physical Activity and Health (current)

Committee memberships

IHBI Health Lifestyles Program Leader (2012-present)

Queensland Workplaces for Wellness Gold Recognition Panel of Experts  (2013-present)

American Academy of Health Behavior Review Board (2003-present)

Health Behavior and Policy Review Journal Editorial Board (2014-present)

Australian Health Promotion Association QLD Branch Executive Committee and Newsletter Committee member  (2009-2014)

Australian Health Promotion Association QLD Newsletter Chair (2011-2014)

Keywords

health promotion, behavior change, bicycle, active transport, physical activity, correlates, determinants, evaluation, intervention, adults

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Kristi is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion in the School of Public Health and holds an honourary Senior Lecturer position in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. She came to QUT in 2010 after being a Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland and prior, a Lecturer in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma.

 

Her research focuses on physical activity and health for the prevention of chronic conditions in mid-age to older adults. Her research spans analysis of large datasets to understand associations between physical activity and health outcomes to the development and evaluation of physical activity promotion programs. In the last 5 years, she has focused on bicycle use, both for recreation and for transport, to inform policy and improve cycling promotion.

 

Education

  • BA (Government) from Dartmouth College, USA, 1988
  • MPH (Health Promotion/Health Education) from the University of Texas School of Public Health, USA, 1997
  • DrPH (Health Promotion/Health Education with minors in Epidemiology and Biometry) from the University of Texas School of Public Health, USA, 2001

Research interests

  • Physical Activity for the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
  • Determinants of physical activity
  • Measurement of physical activity and its correlates
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of physical activity and wellness programs
  • Cycling by bicycle and active transport
  • Program evaluation
  • Behaviour change in middle-aged to older adults

Most recent research funding

  • Bailey, E., Coglan, L., Heesch, K.C.., Barnett, A., Burn, E., Chen, Q., & Graves, N.  Upselling Prevention (QGCPO878-13). Queensland Health, 2015.
  • Haworth, N., Schramm, A., Debnath, A., Heesch, K.C., & Watson, A. Research Services to Evaluate the Minimum Passing Distance Queensland Rode Rule. Queensland Transport and Main Roads,  2014. 
  • QUT team: Heesch, K.C., Washington, T., Lin, H., & Chung, E. Finalise V1 Stage C Evaluation Report. Queensland Transport and Main Roads, 2014.
  • Washington, T., & Heesch, K. C. Evaluation of the Queensland Police Service HealthStart Program, 2012. Queensland Police Service.
This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Teaching

I have experience in teaching units in public health and health promotion at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas School of Public Health. Currently, I teach at Queensland University of Technology.

Units that I have taught have included health promotion theory and method units,  physical activity and health units, and units introducing students to public health.  I use blended learning techniques, including face-to-face and pre-recorded lectures, online Q&A discussion boards, wikis, Blackboard Collaborate real-time online tutorials, and online submissions and marking of assessments. Currently, I coordinate four postgraduate units as listed below.

Postgraduate units coordinated currently by Dr Heesch

  • Population Health (PUN106)
  • Health Promotion 2: Theory (PUP032)
  • Health Promotion 3: Interventions (PUP034)
  • Health Promotion 4: Evaluation (PUP037)
This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Experience

Experience

  • 2012-present: Senior Lecturer in health promotion in the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology
  • 2010-2012: Lecturer in health promotion in the School of Public Health at Queensland University of Technology
  • 2010-present:  Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland
  • 2005-2009: Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland

International experience

  • 2002-2005: Assistant Professor in health promotion in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma (USA). I taught health promotion, conducted research into physical activity and health, and supervised MS students.
  • 1995-2001: Postgraduate coursework and research training in health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health (USA)
This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Honorary Senior Fellow given for contributions and support for the University to date
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
President's Award, in recognition of commitment and contribution to the Association.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award 2012

Supervision