Associate Professor Genevieve Healy

UQ Amplify Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55441


A/Prof Genevieve Healy is a NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Cancer Prevention Research Centre in 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


  • 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


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Book Chapter

  • Healy, Genevieve N. and Goode, Ana D. (2018). Workplace programmes aimed at limiting occupational sitting. In Michael F. Leitzmann, Carmen Jochem and Daniela Schmid (Ed.), Sedentary behaviour epidemiology (pp. 445-457) 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. In 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. In Blueprint for an active Australia: Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia, 2014–2017 2nd ed. (pp. 20-25) Melbourne, VIC Australia: National Heart Foundation of Australia.

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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision