Dr Nicola Burton

CRExPAH Senior Research Officer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
n.burton@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56282

Overview

Nicola is a registered psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology. She has experience as a clinician and university lecturer, and a researcher. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Nicola has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and her initial work experience was as a psychologist in the areas of employee assistance and vocational/psychiatric rehabilitation; with a specific focus on stress and anxiety disorders, and self-management/behaviour change programs. As a university lecturer, she has developed and delivered courses related to behavioural medicine, health psychology, public health/health promotion, communication and cousnelling skills, crisis intervention, introductory psychology and psychopathology.

Nicola completed a PhD in public health (physical activity) and has extensive experience in the management and administration of research projects, including literature reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, population-based survey studies, intervention and randomised controlled trials. Her research looks at physical activity patterns, influences, links with health and wellbeing, and interventions (in particular behavioural counselling) to promote mental and physical health. Nicola's research includes studies of

  • the psychological and social factors associated with physical activity/exercise
  • the relationships between physical activity/sedentary behaviour and mental health
  • physical activity interventions to improve psychological, social and physical wellbeing
  • integrating psychological and physical activity counselling to promote resilience and wellbeing
  • behavioural counselling

Research Interests

  • Physical activity, exercise
    Psychological and social influences of physical activity/exercise Physical activity interventions to promote psychological wellbeing and physical health Integrating psychological and physical activity counselling for resilience and wellbeing The association between physical activity and psychological well-being. Strategies to enhance exercise adherence

Research Impacts

  • Nicola was one of the four researchers who reviewed the scientific evidence for the development of the 2014 evidence-based guidelines for physical activity for Australian adults (Brown, Bauman, Bull, Burton; February 2014). She led the section on physical activity and psychosocial wellbeing.
  • Nicola was part of the team that developed the Healthy People Snapshot survey currently used by the QLD Government Workplaces for Wellness Program. https://workplacesforwellness.qld.gov.au/member/survey/healthypeoplesnapshot. She led the wellbeing component.
  • Nicola led the development of the READY (REsilience for Adults every Day) program which combines both physical activity and psychosical counselling for wellbeing. This has been used to promote resilience in people in the education sector, and with people across a range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Qld.UT.
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Griffith University
  • Master of Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Burton, Nicola W. (2016). Physical activity and aging. In Nancy A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (pp. 1-10) Singapore, Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_348-1

  • Oldenburg, Brian and Burton, Nicola (2004). Environmental and social strategies. In Jacqueline Kerr, Rolf Weitkunat and Manuel Moretti (Ed.), The ABC of behavior change: A guide to successful disease prevention and health promotion (pp. 289-301) Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

  • Oldenburg, B., Burton, N. W. and Parker, E. (2004). Health promotion and environmental health. In N. Cromar, S. Cameron and H. Fallowfield (Ed.), Environmental health in Australia & New Zealand (pp. 213-226) South Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Oldenburg, Brian and Burton, Nicola W. (2004). Primary Prevention. In Kaptein, A. and Weinman, J. (Ed.), Health Psychology (pp. 305-336) Malden, Massechusetts: BPS Blackwell.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Burton, N. W., Khan, A., Brown, W. J. and Turrell, G. (2013). Does more time spent watching television mean less physical activity among mid-aged adults?. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Epidemiological Association Conference. AEA2013: Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2013, Brisbane, (77-77). 20-22 October 2013.

  • Khan, A. and Burton, N. W. (2013). Prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms in secondary school children in Bangladesh. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Epidemiological Association Conference. AEA2013: Australasian Epidemiological Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2013, Brisbane, (84-84). 20-22 October 2013.

  • Burton, N., Khan, A. and Brown, W. (2012). A comparison of physical activity context preferences between adults with psychological distress and those without. In: Be Active 2012. Be Active 2012: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference, Sydney, Australia, (S22-S22). 31 October - 3 November, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.054

  • Liu, X., Miller, Y., Buton, N., Chang, J. and Brown, W. (2012). A randomized controlled trial assessing the effects of Tai Chi on indicators of health related quality of life in adults with elevated blood glucose level. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference Abstracts. Be Active 2012, Sydney, NSW, (360-360). 31 October -3 November, 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.875

  • Peeters, G., Burton, N. and Brown, W. (2012). Associations between sitting time and a broad range of symptoms in mid-age women. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference Abstracts. Be Active 2012, Sydney, NSW, (S286-S286). 31 October -3 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.693

  • Liu, X., Miller, Y. D., Burton, N. W., Chang, J-H and Brown, W. J. (2012). Can mind-body movement therapy combat central obesity and other indicators of metabolic syndrome - promising findings from recent clinical trials. In: Proceedings of the 1st Asia Pacific Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy. 1st Asia Pacific Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy), Shanghai Peoples R China, (110-110). 02-05 June 2011. doi:10.1002/dmrr.2317

  • Chapman, J., Brown, W. and Burton, N. (2012). Characteristics of physical activity interventions for adults with mental illness: A review. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference. Be Active 2012, Sydney, NSW, (S24-S24). 31 October -3 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.059

  • Van Uffelen, J., Burton, N., van Gellecum, Y., Peeters, G., Heesch, K. and Brown, W. (2012). Concurrent and prospective associations between sitting time, physical activity and depression in mid-aged Australian women. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference. Be Active 2012, Sydney, Australia, (S23-S23). 31 October -3 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.057

  • Khan, A., Brown, W. and Burton, N. (2012). Is incidence of a health condition associated with physical activity change in adults over two years?. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference Abstracts. Be Active 2012, Sydney NSW Australia, (S233-S233). 31 October -3 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.566

  • Brown, H., Ryde, G., Gilson, N., Burton and Brown, W. (2012). Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and physical activity in office employees: Relationships with presenteeism. In: 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, National Sports Injury Prevention Conference Abstracts. Be Active 2012, Sydney, NSW, (335). 31 October -3 November 2012. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.739

  • van Uffelen, Jannique and Burton, Nicola (2012). Physical activity in inactive and insufficiently active older Australians: Why, how, with whom and where?. In: Abstracts for the 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in Active Ageing. 8th World Congress on Aging and Physical Activity: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in Active Ageing, Glasgow, Scotland, U. K., (S231-S231). 13-17 August 2012.

  • van Uffelen, J. G. Z., Heesch, K. C., van Gellecum, Y. R., Burton, N. W. and Brown, W. J. (2012). Social interaction and physical activity in women in their seventies. In: Abstracts of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference. Australian Association of Gerontology, 45th National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (61-62). 20-23 November 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00655.x

  • Haynes, Michele, Kelly, A., Young, R., Turrell, G., Burton, N., Giles-Corti, B., Oldenburg, B., Wilson, L., Giskes, K. and Brown, W. (2010). A glimpse of longitudinal social data in Australia and two studies on physical activity and substance abuse. In: IFSSOCA seminar series. University of Bristol Impact of Family Socio-economic Status on Outcomes in Childhood and Adolescence (IFSSOCA) seminar, Bristol, United Kingdom, (). 7 April 2010.

  • Brown, Wendy J., van Uffelen, Jannique G. Z., Proper, Karin I., Chau, Josephine Y., Burton, Nicola W., Gilson, Nicholas and van der Ploeg, Hidde P. (2010). Is too much sitting really bad for health and what can be done about it?. In: Peter T. Katzmarzyk, The Third International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada, (S319-S320). May 5–8, 2010.

  • Mutrie, N, Foster, C, Estabrooks, P, Burton, NW and Baker, G (2010). Recruiting Hard-to-Reach Populations to Physical Activity Studies: Evidence and Experiences. In: Journal of Physical Activity & Health. unknown, unknown, (S329-S331). unknown.

  • Mutrie, N., Foster, C., Eastabrooks, P., Burton, N. W. and Baker, G. (2010). Recruiting hard to reach populations to physical activity research: evidence and experiences.. In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto Canada, (S329-S331). May 5-8, 2010.

  • Liu, X., Miller, Y., Burton, N. and Brown, W. (2009). A randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of a Tai Chi/Qigong exercise program on indicators of metabolic syndrome in adults with elevated blood glucose levels. In: Heart Foundation Conference 2009 Conference Program and Abstract Book. Hearts in focus - celebration, collaboration and challenges. Heart Foundation Conference 2009, Brisbane, (143). 14-16 May, 2009.

  • Gilson, N., Puig-Ribera, A., McKenna, J., Brown, W. and Burton, N. (2009). Do walking strategies to increase physical activity reduce sitting in workplaces? A randomized control trial. In: S. Biddle, G. Guldan, K. Gans, K. Ball, M.D. Almeida, P. Teixeira and S. French, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - ISBNPA'09. 2009 Annual Conference of the ISBNPA, Lisbon, Portugal, (26-27). 17-20 June, 2009.

  • Burton, N., Turrell, G., Wilson, L. and Giskes, K. (2009). HABITAT: Are area-level neighbourhood characteristics associated with physical activity in mid-aged men and women?. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport: Program and Abstracts. 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, Qld, Australia, (36-37). 16-18 October, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.088

  • Burton, N., Pakenham, K. and Brown, W. (2009). Incorporating physical activity advice and counseling with psychosocial resilience training. In: Stuart Biddle, Georgia Guldan, Kim Gans, Kylie Ball, Maria Daniel Almeida, Pedro Teixeira and Simone French, 2009 Annual Conference of the ISBNPA Abstracts. 2009 Annual Conference of the ISBNPA, Lisbon, Portugal, (234-234). 17-29 June, 2009.

  • Burton, N., Pakenham, K. and Brown, W. (2009). Psychologists providing physical activity advice and counselling as part of psychological treatment. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Supplement) Program and Abstracts - be active '09. 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - be active '09, Brisbane, (36). 14-17 October, 2009.

  • Burton, N., Haynes, M., Brown, W., Wilson, L. and Turrell, G. (2009). Psychosocial interventions to promote physical activity in mid-aged adults: Do we need to tailor for age or gender?. In: C. Finch, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Supplement) Program and Abstracts - be active '09. 2009 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport - be active '09, Brisbane, (197). 14-17 October, 2009.

  • Burton, N., Brown, W. and Turrell, G. (2009). Who is sitting? Who do we target for change?. In: Stuart Biddle, Georgia Guldan, Kim Gans, Kylie Ball, Maria Daniel Almeida, Pedro Teixeira and Simone French, 2009 Annual Conference of the ISBNPA Abstracts. 2009 Annual Conference of the ISBNPA, Lisbon, Portugal, (117-118). 17-29 June, 2009.

  • Tudor-Locke, Catrine, Burton, Nicola W. and Brown, Wendy J. (2008). Steps/day, BMI in 54-59 Year Old Women by Self-reported Occupational Sitting and Leisure Physical Activity. In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. , , (S63-S64). . doi:10.1249/01.mss.0000321722.52734.16

  • Burton, N. W., Pakenham, K. I. and Brown, W. J. (2008). Are psychologists ready, willing and able to provide physical activity advice and counselling as part of psychological treatment?. In: 2008 Annual Meeting of The International Society For Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2008 Annual Meeting of The International Society For Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Banff, AB, Canada, (117-117). 21-24 May 2008.

  • Hordern, M., Marwick, T., Burton, N., Brown, W. and Coombes, J. (2008). Effects of lifestyle intervention on physical activity in type 2 diabetes. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport : ASICS Conference of science and medicine in sport 2008. ASICS Conference of science and medicine in sport 2008, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (S55-S56). 16-18 October, 2008.

  • Burton, N. W., Turrell, G., Giles-Corti, B. and Oldenburg, B. F. (2008). HABITAT: A longitudinal multi-level study of change in physical activity in mid-aged adults. In: Program & Abstracts for 7th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 7th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Banff, Alberta, Canada, (117-118). 21-24 May 2008.

  • Burton, N., Turrell, G., Wilson, L. and Giskes, K. (2008). HABITAT: is living in a disadvantaged area associated with mid aged residents' physical activity and use of recreational facilities?. In: ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport 2008, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (S72-S72). 16-18 October 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.173

  • Burton, N., Tudor-Locke, C. and Brown, W. (2008). Leisure activity and occupational sitting: Associations with daily steps and body mass index in mid-aged women. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: ASICS Conference of science and medicine in sport 2008. 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (S17-S17). 16-18 October, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.045

  • Brown, W. J. and Burton, N. W. (2008). Physical activity and health in women: updating the primary prevention evidence. In: Proceedings of: 2008 International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport. 2008 International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport, Guangzhou, China, (). 1-4 August, 2008.

  • Burton, N. W. and Heesch, K. C. (2008). Talking the talk: Tailoring messages to promote physical activity and healthy eating to pregnant and post natal women. In: Program and Abstracts for the 7th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. 7th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Banff, Canada, (35-35). 21-24 May 2008.

  • Gilson, N., McKenna, J., Puig-Ribera, A., Brown, W. and Burton, N. (2008). The impact of route and incidental walking one waist circumference: A randomised workplace intervention. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: ASICS Conference of science and medicine in sport 2008. 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (S15-S15). 16-18 October, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.039

  • Ferney, S., Gilson, N., Brown, W., Burton, N. and McKenna, J. (2008). Walking experiences in an Australian university community: Qualitative perspectives within a randomised controlled trial. In: J. Cook, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: ASICS Conference of science and medicine in sport 2008. 2008 ASICS Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia, (S78-S79). 16-18 October, 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2008.12.189

  • Gilson, N., McKenna, J., Puig-Ribera, A., Brown, W. and Burton, N. (2008). Walking towards health in university communities: An international, multi-site randomised control trial. In: W. van Mechelen and B. Kohl, 2nd International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health Programme & Abstracts. 2nd International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (182-182). 13-16 April 2008.

  • Burton, N. W. (2007). Age differences in psychological, social and environmental correlates of leisure time physical activity. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. "Be Active '07": Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Adelaide, South Australia, (71-71). 13-16 October, 2007. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(07)70196-2

  • Burton, Nicola W., Heesch, Kristiaan C. and Brown, Wendy J. (2007). Dose-response relationship between physical activity and psychological health outcomes. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts.. "be active '07" 2007 The 6th National Physical Activity Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, (47-47). 13-16 October 2007. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(07)70118-4

  • Brown, W., Heesch, K., Burton, N. and Blair, S. (2007). Dose-response relationships between physical activity and health outcomes in women. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. "be active '07" 2007 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Adelaide, South Australia, (47-47). 13-16 October, 2007. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(07)70117-2

  • Burton, N. W. (2007). Gender differences in psychological, social and environmental correlates of leisure time physical activity. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. "Be Active '07": Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Adelaide, South Australia, (71-71). 13-16 October, 2007. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(07)70197-4

  • Burton, N. W. and Lukins, J. (2007). How to change physical activity behaviour in patients. In: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport: Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. "Be Active '07": Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Adelaide, South Australia, (13-13). 13-16 October, 2007. doi:10.1016/S1440-2440(07)70004-X

  • Burton, N., Oldenburg, B., Sallis, J. and Turrell, G. (2007). Measuring psychological, social, and environmental influences on leisure-time physical activity among adults. In: S. Merkus, N. Lien and H. B. Henriksen, Program and Abstracts of the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway, (192-192). 20-23 June, 2007.

  • Burton, N. and Turrell, G. (2007). Places and people: A multi-level study of socioeconomic differences in active recreation. In: S. Merkus, N. Lien and H. B. Henriksen, Program and Abstracts of the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway, (262-262). 20-23 June, 2007.

  • Burton, N W, Brown, W J and Walsh, A. L. (2006). Are middle aged men interested in '10,000 Steps a Day'?. In: B. Oldenburg, M. Gellman, N. Kotchabhakdi, C. Koeppe and W. Sittiprapaporn, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine Supplement: Abstracts of the Ninth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Bridging Behavior and Health: Connecting the Hemispheres, Bangkok, Thailand, (156-156). 29 November - 2 December, 2006.

  • Brown, W J and Burton, N W (2006). Physical activity and health in women: Presenting the evidence. In: B. Oldenburg, M. Gellman, N. Kotchabhakdi, C. Koeppe and W. Sittiprapaporn, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Abstracts of the Ninth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Bridging Behavior and Health: Connecting the Hemispheres, Bangkok, Thailand, (188-188). 29 November - 2 December, 2006.

  • Burton, N. W., Oldenburg, B., Turrell, G. and Sallis, J. F. (2004). The SCAPES Questionnaire: Psychometric evaluation of scales to measure correlates of leisure time physical activity. In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: The Eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. Eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz, Germany, (140-140). August 2004.

  • Burton, N. W., Oldenburg, B., Turrell, G. and Sallis, J. F. (2002). Development of a self-administered survey instrument for psychological, social, and environmental influences on physical activity. In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine. The Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Helsinki, Finland, (61). 28-31 August 2002.

  • Burton, N., Turrell, G., Oldenburg, B., Battistutta, D. and Sallis, J. F. (2002). Do perceptions of neighbourhood characteristics and facilities explain socio-economic variability in participation in leisure time physical activity?. In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Helsinki, Finland, (60-60). 28-31 August 2002.

  • Burton, N. W., Turrell, G., Oldenburg, B., Battistutta, D. and Sallis J. F. (2002). The relative importance of self reported psychological, social and environmental influences in explaining leisure-time physical activity. In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Helsinki, Finland, (60-60). 28-31 August 2002.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision