Dr Laura Bergade

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Laura Desha’s research looks into the ways that children and their families use their time (exploring things like time spent playing, time in physical activities), and the influence this has on their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

Dr Laura Desha is a lecturer in the Division of Occupational Therapy, in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research explores the concept of healthy lifestyles for children and their families, and focuses on the ways that people use their time. Dr Laura Desha has a particular interest in the impact that family routines and time use choices have on children’s emotional and physical development. Achieving a greater understanding of this relationship may assist clinicians in fostering healthier lifestyles among children who are experiencing conditions such as overweight and depression. Dr Laura Desha is collaborating with a team of researchers to investigate the ways in which time use data can be used to assess children’s participation, as it is defined in the International Classification of Functioning. Her research involves interrogation of large national and international datasets, as well as smaller targeted qualitative and quantitative studies.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Ziviani, Jenny, Desha, Laura and Rodger, Sylvia (2006). Children's occupational time use. In Sylvia Rodger and Jenny Ziviani (Ed.), Occupational Therapy with Children: Understanding Children's Occupations and Enabling Participation (pp. 91-112) Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Turpin, Merrill, Brough, Rachel, Desha, Laura and Ziviani, Jenny (2013). Emergent Design Flexibility: Responding to data. In: Conference Abstracts: Presentations. Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Edmonton, AB United States, (723-724). 17 - 20 July 2013.

  • Desha, L., Nicholson, J. and Ziviani, J. (2008). Does time use help predict depressive illness among American adolescents?. In: IATUR Conference 2008 – Abstract Booklet. International Association for Time Use Research Meeting, Sydney, Australia, (). 1-3 December 2008.

  • Ziviani, J. M., Poulsen, A. A., Desha, L., Heaslop, A. and Leong, G. (2008). Taking action against childhood obesity: The magic of KOALA (Kinder Overweight Active Lifestyles Actions). In: OT Australia: 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008, Melbourne, Australia, (). 11-13 September, 2008.

  • Desha, L. and Ziviani, J. (2008). Time use and depressive illness: what does it mean for adolescents?. In: OT Australia 23rd National Conference, Creating the future: to inspire, to explore, to take action. OT Australia 23rd National Conference, Creating the future: to inspire, to explore, to take action, Melbourne, Australia, (). 11-13 September 2008.

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