Personal details

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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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

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

Professional memberships
and associations

General memberships (current)

Committee memberships (current)

  • Australian Health Promotion Association’s National Accreditation Organisation’s Assessment Sub-Committee (2017-present)
  • Queensland Workplaces for Wellness Gold Recognition Panel of Experts  (2013-present)
  • American Academy of Health Behavior Australian Editor (2016-present)
  • American Academy of Health Behavior Review Board (2003-present)
  • Health Behavior and Policy Review Journal Editorial Board (2014-present)

Memberships (previously)

  • IHBI Health Lifestyles Program Leader (2012-2018)
  • 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

Dr Kristiann Heesch is a Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Prior to her appointment at QUT in 2010, she was a Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland and prior, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr Heesch’s 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 Biostatistics) 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
  • Bicycling and active transport
  • Program evaluation
  • Behaviour change in middle-aged to older adults

Most recent research funding

  • Washington, T.S., & Heesch, K.C. Queensland Electric Bike Owner Survey. Transport Academic Partnership R&D Project, Department of Transport & Main Roads, QLD, 2018-2019.
  • Heesch, K.C. Association between involvement in four-wheeled motor sport and crashes on public roads. Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, 2016.
  • Haworth, N., Schramm, A., Heesch, K.C., Debnath, A., & Watson. A. Evaluation of an Australian State’s Minimum Passing Distance Trial.  2015.
  • 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

Over the years, Dr Heesch has taught units in public health and health promotion at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in universities internationally and in Australia.  She uses 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 to engage and inform students. At QUT, Dr Heesch has coordinated four postgraduate units:

  • Population Health (PUN106): current
  • Health Promotion 2: Theory (PUP032): current
  • Health Promotion 3: Interventions (PUP034): current
  • Health Promotion 4: Evaluation (PUP037): until Dec. 2016
This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Experience

Most recent appointments

  • 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
  • 2005-2009: Research Fellow in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland

International experience and engagement

  • 2005-present: Supervision of international students from Singapore, Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017: Professional development leave in Temuco, Chile
  • 2002-2005: Assistant Professor in health promotion in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma (USA).
  • 1995-2001: Postgraduate coursework and research training in health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health (USA) for MPH and DrPH

Invited Professional Workshops and Presentations

Heesch, K.C. Why is active transport important for public health? Presented at the Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile, September, 2017.

Heesch, K.C. Evaluation of the Brisbane V1 with Strava data. Presented at the Institute of Health and Ageing, Melbourne, June 2016.

Heesch, K.C. Qualitative methods in physical activity research: An overview. Presented at the 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, Queensland, October 2008.

Mâsse, L.C., Heesch, K.C. Item response theory workshop: Overview of concepts and applications in physical activity and nutrition. Presented at the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Oslo, Norway, June 2007.

Heesch, K.C. Motivating the unmotivated: Getting the couch potatoes physically active. Presented at the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, USA October, 2003. Heesch, K.C. Adherence to a lifestyle physical activity intervention. Presented at the Primary Care Research Methods & Statistics Conference, San Antonio, Texas, USA December, 2001.

Mâsse, L.C., Heesch, K.C., & Eason, K.E. Using advanced psychometric methods to validate measures that influence physical activity. Presented at The Cooper Institute Conference Series: Innovative Approaches to Understanding and Influencing Physical Activity, Dallas, Texas, USA October, 2001.

Invited Community Presentations

Heesch, K.C. Panel member (Dr Heesch was the health expert) at the public seminar of the 2017 Australian Bicycle Summit, Brisbane, May, 2017.

Dingle, K., & Heesch K. Social determinants of Health. Presented to clinical physiotherapist at the annual meeting of the Queensland Neurosurgical & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinics & Multidisciplinary Service. 7 September 2016.

Heesch, K.C. Evaluation of the Brisbane V1 with Strava data. Presented at the TMR Transport MIXr to industry, Brisbane, Queensland, June, 2016.

Heesch, K.C. Impact of the Veloway 1 on cycling behaviour. Presented at the monthly meeting of the Brisbane CBD Bicycle User’s Group, Brisbane, Queensland, September, 2015.

Heesch, K.C. Panel member of QUT’s Cycling Q&A Debate, Brisbane, Queensland, November, 2014. Heesch, K.C. Physical activity: It’s about more than weight loss. Presented at the annual meeting of Heart Foundation of Queensland Just Walk It leaders, Brisbane, Queensland, November, 2007.

Heesch, K.C. Women and healthy exercise. Presented at the annual meeting of QUOTA, Brisbane, Queensland, September, 2007. Heesch, K.C. Strategies for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Presented as part of the University of Oklahoma Health Services’ Goddard Lecture Series, Norman, Oklahoma, April, 2005.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kristiann Heesch.

Publications

For 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
2017
Details
2017 Ray James Memorial Award recipient for excellence and innovation in health promotion research published during the previous year in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia for paper entitled: The usefulness of GPS bicycle tracking data for evaluating the impact of infrastructure change on cycling behaviour
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian Editor of the American Journal of Health Behavior
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
President's Award, in recognition of commitment and contribution to the Queensland Branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
2015 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award 2012

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Promoting Active Commuting to Increase Physical Activity Among Office Workers: A Social Cognitive Approach
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Tracy Washington
  • Development and Implementation of a Health Promotion Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour among Male Office Workers in Saudi Arabia: The Slim (Sit Less, Impress and Motivate) Study
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Tracy Washington, Professor Stewart Trost
  • What is the Meaning of Sport for Young People from Refugee Backgrounds? A Case Study of a State High School in Brisbane, Queensland
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Margo Sendall, Professor Mark Brough
  • Socioeconomic determinants of mental well-being among middle-to-older aged adults in Brisbane, Australia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Professor Gavin Turrell, Dr Jerome Rachele

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)