Associate Professor Genevieve Healy

MRFF Emerging Leadership Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
g.healy@sph.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55441

Overview

A/Prof Genevieve Healy is a MRFF Emerging Leadership Fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland, and an honorary research fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and Curtin University. Her PhD research reported some of the first evidence regarding the importance of regularly interrupting sedentary time for heart health. Her current research builds on this work to examine population-level variations in prolonged sedentary time as well as the feasibility and acceptability of reducing this behaviour in key settings, such as the workplace. She is the lead investigator on the BeUpstanding program of research: a program aiming to support workplaces to stand up, sit less and move more for their health and wellbeing.

Research Interests

  • Measurement of sitting time
  • Understanding population-level variations and influences on how and when we sit
  • Understanding how sitting time is related to heart health
  • Interventions to reduce and change sitting time

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (HMS), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Zerguine, Haroun, Johnston, Venerina, Healy, Genevieve N., Abbott, Alison and Goode, Ana D. (2021). Usage of sit-stand workstations: Benefits and barriers from decision makers’ perspective in Australia. Applied Ergonomics, 94 103426, 103426. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2021.103426

  • Sugiyama, Takemi, Hadgraft, Nyssa, Clark, Bronwyn K., Dunstan, David W., Chevez, Agustin, Healy, Genevieve N., Cerin, Ester, LaMontagne, Anthony D., Shibata, Ai, Oka, Koichiro and Owen, Neville (2020). Office spatial design attributes, sitting, and face-to-face interactions: systematic review and research agenda. Building and Environment, 187 107426, 107426. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107426

  • Saunders, Travis J., McIsaac, Travis, Douillette, Kevin, Gaulton, Nick, Hunter, Stephen, Rhodes, Ryan E., Prince, Stephanie A., Carson, Valerie, Chaput, Jean-Philippe, Chastin, Sebastien, Giangregorio, Lora, Janssen, Ian, Katzmarzyk, Peter T., Kho, Michelle E., Poitras, Veronica J., Powell, Kenneth E., Ross, Robert, Ross-White, Amanda, Tremblay, Mark S. and Healy, Genevieve N. (2020). Sedentary behaviour and health in adults: an overview of systematic reviews. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism, 45 (10), S197-S217. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2020-0272

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Available Projects

  • The BeUpstanding™ program (www.beupstanding.com.au) supports desk-based work teams to sit less and move more, for better health and wellbeing. Developed by the researchers at the School of Public Health, the University of Queensland, the program is currently being evaluated through a national implementation trial. Findings from the implementation trial will inform future wide-scale dissemination efforts, as well as national and international policy and practice.

    We are now seeking HDR students to join the BeUpstanding team and be part of this world-first workplace health promotion initiative. Specifically, we are looking for students to lead a program of work across five streams (five different HDRs): small business, rural and regional workers, large organisations, universities, and call centres. Within each stream, the broad aims of the HDR research will be:

    1. To determine the facilitators and barriers to delivery of BeUpstanding using a mixed methods approach
    2. To develop implementation strategy(s) to assist in delivering BeUpstanding using a stakeholder engagement process
    3. To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the implementation strategy(s) via a pilot study(s).

    This unique opportunity would suit students with a background in health promotion, public health, health psychology, implementation science, and/or human movement studies. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working with employers and employees. There is currently a funded scholarship available - search BeUpstanding under UQ Earmarked scholarships:

    https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/available-cat-1-phd-projects

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Healy, Genevieve N. and Goode, Ana D. (2018). Workplace programmes aimed at limiting occupational sitting. Sedentary behaviour epidemiology. (pp. 445-457) edited by Michael F. Leitzmann, Carmen Jochem and Daniela Schmid. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-61552-3_18

  • Owen, Neville, Goode, Ana, Sugiyama, Takemi, Koohsari, Mohammad Javad, Healy, Genevieve, Fjeldsoe, Brianna and Eakin, Elizabeth (2017). Designing for dissemination in chronic disease prevention and management. Dissemination and implementation research in health: translating science to practice, Second Edition. (pp. 107-120) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780190683214.003.0007

  • Plotnikoff, R., Healy, G., Morgan, P., Gilson, N. and Kennedy, S. (2014). Action area 2 - Workplaces: Promote physical activity before, during and after work. Blueprint for an active Australia: Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia, 2014–2017. (pp. 20-25) Melbourne, VIC Australia: National Heart Foundation of Australia.

  • Healy, Genevieve N. (2012). The unique influence of sedentary behavior on health. Physical activity and public health practice. (pp. 33-52) edited by Barbara E. Ainsworth and Caroline A. Macera. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The BeUpstanding™ program (www.beupstanding.com.au) supports desk-based work teams to sit less and move more, for better health and wellbeing. Developed by the researchers at the School of Public Health, the University of Queensland, the program is currently being evaluated through a national implementation trial. Findings from the implementation trial will inform future wide-scale dissemination efforts, as well as national and international policy and practice.

    We are now seeking HDR students to join the BeUpstanding team and be part of this world-first workplace health promotion initiative. Specifically, we are looking for students to lead a program of work across five streams (five different HDRs): small business, rural and regional workers, large organisations, universities, and call centres. Within each stream, the broad aims of the HDR research will be:

    1. To determine the facilitators and barriers to delivery of BeUpstanding using a mixed methods approach
    2. To develop implementation strategy(s) to assist in delivering BeUpstanding using a stakeholder engagement process
    3. To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the implementation strategy(s) via a pilot study(s).

    This unique opportunity would suit students with a background in health promotion, public health, health psychology, implementation science, and/or human movement studies. Excellent communication skills are essential as you will be working with employers and employees. There is currently a funded scholarship available - search BeUpstanding under UQ Earmarked scholarships:

    https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/available-cat-1-phd-projects