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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 Member
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HHWB
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5460
Fax
+61 7 3138 3369
Email
Location
View location details (QUT staff and student access only)
Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

General memberships

Australian Health Promotion Association

International Society of Physical Activity and Health

Committee memberships

Australian Health Promotion Association Queensland Branch Executive Committee

Australian Health Promotion Association Queensland Branch Newsletter Committee Chair

American Academy of Health Behavior Review Board

* 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.

 

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 and active transport
  • Program evaluation
  • Behaviour change

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS BEFORE 2010 (SEE ‘PUBLICATIONS’ TAB FOR ACCESS TO PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHED IN 2010 OR LATER)

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS BEFORE 2010 (SEE ‘PUBLICATIONS’ TAB FOR ACCESS TO PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHED IN 2010 OR LATER)

Spence, R.R., Heesch, K.C., Brown, W.J. (2009). A systematic review of the association between physical activity and colorectal cancer risk. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.doi 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2009.00992

Brown, W.J., Heesch, K.C., & Miller, Y.D. (2009). Life-events and changing physical activity patterns in women at different life stages. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 294-305. doi 10.1007/s12160-009-9099-2

Heesch, K.C., Brown, W.J. (2008). Do walking and leisure-time physical activity protect against the developing of arthritis in older women? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62,1086-1091.  doi:10.1136/jech.2007.072215

Han, J.L., Dinger, M.K., Hull, H.R., Randall, N., Heesch, K.C., & Fields, D.A. (2008). Changes in women’s physical activity during the transition to college. American Journal of Health Education, 39(4), 194-199.

Heesch, K.C., Byles, J.E., & Brown, W.J. (2008). Prospective association between physical activity and falls in community-dwelling older women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62(5), 421-426. Rice, K.R.,

Heesch, K.C., Dinger, M.K., & Fields, D.A. (2008). Effects of 2 brief interventions on women’s understanding of moderate-intensity physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5(1), 58-73.

Hull, H.R., Morrow, M.L., Heesch, K.C., Dinger, M.K., Han, J.L., & Fields, D.A. (2007).   Effect of the summer months on body weight and composition in college females. Journal of Women’s Health, 16(10), 1510-1515. doi:10.1089/jwh.2006.0329

Randall, N.B., Han, J.L., Dinger, M.K., Heesch, K.C., Fields, D.A., & Knehens, A.W. (2007). Changes in women’s physical activity over their freshman year of college. American Journal of Health Studies, 22(1), 42-45.

Heesch, K.C., & Han, J.L. (2007). Associations between demographic, perceptual, and behavioral factors and support for policies encouraging active transport. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 4(3), 261-277.

Spence, R.R., Heesch, K.C., Eakin, E.G., & Brown, W.J. (2007). Randomised controlled trial of a supervised exercise rehabilitation program for colorectal cancer survivors immediately after chemotherapy: Study protocol. BMC Cancer, 7, art. no. 154, doi:10.1186/1471-2407-7-154.

Dinger, M.K., Heesch, K.C., Cipriani, G., & Qualls, M. (2007). Comparison of two email-delivered, pedometer-based interventions to promote walking among insufficiently active women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 10(5), 297-302.

Hull, H.R., Heesch, K.C., Morrow, M.L., Dinger, M.K., & Fields, D.A. (2007). Fat distribution changes during the freshman year of college in females: A pear or an apple?. International Journal of Body Composition Research, 5(2), 45-50.

Heesch, K.C., Miller, Y.D., & Brown, W.J. (2007). Relationship between physical activity and stiff or painful joints in mid-aged and older women: A 3-year prospective study. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 9, art. no. R34. Available at arthritis-research.com/content/9/2/R34.

Heesch, K.C., Mâsse, L.C.,&  Dunn, A.L. (2006). Using Rasch modeling to re-evaluate three scales related to physical activity: enjoyment, perceived benefits and perceived barriers. Health Education Research, 21(Suppl 1), i58-i72.

Mâsse, L.C., Heesch, K.C., Eason, K.E. & Wilson, M. (2006). Evaluating the properties of a stage-specific self-efficacy scale for physical activity using classical test theory, confirmatory factor analysis and item response modeling. Health Education Research, 21(Suppl 1), i33-i44.

Morrow, M.L., Heesch, K.C., Dinger, M.K., Hull, H.R., Kneehans, A.W., & Fields, D.A. (2006). Freshman 15: Fact or fiction? Obesity, 14(8), 1438-1443.

Heesch, K.C., Mâsse, L.C., Dunn, A.L., & Frankowski, R.F. (2006). The association between number of homework assignments completed during a lifestyle physical activity intervention and scores on transtheoretical measures. Journal of Applied Sports Psychology 18(2), 83-96.

Behrens, T.M., Dinger, M.K., Heesch, K.C., & White, S.B. (2005). College students’ understanding of moderate physical activity: A qualitative study. American Journal of Health Studies, 20(3-4), 129-134.

Dinger, M.K., Heesch, K.C., & McClary, K.R. (2005). Feasibility of a minimal contact intervention to promote walking among insufficiently active women. American Journal of Health Promotion 20(1), 2-6.

Heesch, K.C., Dinger, M.K., McClary, K.R., & Rice, K.R. (2005). Experiences of women in a minimal contact pedometer-based intervention: A qualitative study. Women & Health, 41(2), 97-116.

Heesch, K.C., Velasquez, M.M., & von Sternberg, K. (2005). Readiness for mental health treatment and for alcohol treatment in patients with comorbid psychiatric and alcohol disorders: Are they congruent? Addictive Behaviors 30(3), 531-543.

Heesch, K.C., & Mâsse, L.C. (2004). Lack of time for physical activity: Perception or reality for African American and Hispanic women? Women & Health, 39(3), 45-62.

Heesch, K.C., Mâsse, L.C., Frankowski, R.F., & Dunn, A.L. (2004).  Adherence within and between lifestyle physical activity groups in Project PRIME.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 1(1), 29-44. 

Heesch, K.C., Mâsse, L.C., Dunn, A.L., Frankowski, R.F., & Dolan Mullen, P.D. (2003). Does adherence to a lifestyle physical activity intervention predict changes in physical activity? Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26(4), 333-348.

Mâsse, L.C., Heesch, K.C., Fulton, J.E., & Watson, K.B. (2002). Raters’ objectivity in using the Compendium of Physical Activities to code physical activity diaries.  Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 6(4), 207-224.

Fulton, J.E., Mâsse, L.C., Tortolero, S.R., Watson, K.B., Heesch, K.C., Kohl, H.W., Blair, S.N. & Caspersen, C.J. (2001).  Field evaluation of energy expenditure from continuous and intermittent walking in women.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 33(1), 163-170.

Heesch, K.C., Brown, D.R., & Blanton, C.J. (2000).  Perceived barriers to exercise and stage of exercise adoption in older women of different racial/ethnic groups.  Women & Health, 30(4), 61-76.

Heesch, K.C., Mâsse, L.C., & Aday, L.A. (2000).  Perceptions of sedentary African-American women about continuous versus intermittent walking.  Women & Health, 30(4), 43-59.

Mâsse, L.C., Fulton, J.E., Watson, K.L., Heesch, K.C., Kohl III, H.W., Blair, S.N., & Tortolero, S.R.  (1999).  Detecting patterns of physical activity in a field setting.  Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 70(3), 212-219.

REPORTS

Brown, W.J., Heesch, K.C., Ferney, S., & Burton, N.W. (2009). Physical activity in rural communities in Queensland. A report for Health Promotion Queensland.

Brown, W.J., Burton, N.W., & Heesch, K.C. (2007). Physical activity and health in mid-age and older Australian women. A report for The Office of Women, Department of Families, Community Services, & Indigenous Affairs Office for Women, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921380-77-8.

 

This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Teaching

Teaching highlights

Postgraduate units

  • Introduction to Population Health (PUN106)
  • Intervention Design & Behaviour Change (PUP032)
  • Advanced Studies and Practice in Health (PUP034)
  • Health Program Evaluation (PUP037)
This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Experience

Experience

  • 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: Lecturer in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma (USA)
  • 1995-2001: Postgraduate coursework and research training 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
President's Award, in recognition of commitment and contribution to the Association.
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
2012
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award 2012
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2012
Details
External thesis reviewer for CQU PhD student
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2012
Details
American Academy of Health Behavior Review Board, from 2003 to present
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2011
Details
External Panel Member, PhD Colloquium for Juliette Fritschi, UQ School of Human Movement Studies

Supervision