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Dr Marita Lynagh is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Health Behaviour Science, School of Medicine & Public Health.. Over a period of 15 years, Marita has developed and taught innovative curriculum in departments of Nursing, Health Sciences, Education and Medicine in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has a special interest in teaching personal development and health education for teachers, epidemiological aspects of public health and health promotion for undergraduates in health professions, and communication skills in medicine. Marita completed her PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2004 after gaining a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 1993. Prior to this she was awarded a Joint Honours degree in Psychology and HMS in 1987 and a Bachelor of Human Movement Science in 1986 from the University of Queensland. As a health behaviour scientist, Marita’s broad research interests include health behaviour change strategies particularly incentive-based interventions, physical activity promotion, alcohol-harm reduction, tobacco control and assessment of unmet needs of haematological cancer survivors and their support persons. In 2007, Marita was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support for the Faculty of Health and the overall Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support. Marita has published 15 papers in peer reviewed journals (10 as first author) and presented her work at national and international conferences including the 11th International Congress of Behavioural Medicine at Washington DC, USA in August 2010. Marita is currently supervising two full time PhD students and has previously supervised a number of students in Masters in Health Promotion, Psychology Honours and PRC Summer Scholarship Programs. In 2010, Marita undertook a 6 months Special Studies Program as a Honorary Research Fellow at the Hood Centre for Children & Families, Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire USA.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 05/03/2004
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Social Health Sc (Hlth Prom), University of Newcastle, 01/05/1993
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland

Research

Research keywords

  • alcohol and harm minimisation
  • child and adolescent health
  • financial incentives
  • heallth behaviour
  • health promotion
  • medical education
  • obesity and physical activity
  • school health

Research expertise

Dr Lynagh completed her Phd in Behaviour Science in relation to Medicine on an Evaluation of a health promoting schools approach to reduce sun exposure, smoking and unsafe alcohol use in secondary school-age students in 2004. The Phd project utilised a randomised controlled trial study design involving 6 secondary state schools from the Hunter Region with half the schools implementing a health promoting schools intervention program over 2 years. Marita was responsible for overall project management of the study, including ethics approvals, protocol writing, development of intervention materials and measurement tools, data collection and analysis, and implementation of the program in three schools simultaneously. This experience enabled Marita to not only develop skills in rigourous research methodology and project management, but also important liaison and communication skills with school principals and gate-keepers which are applicable and transferable to other health-related research settings.

Since her Phd, Dr Lynagh has collaborated with local, national and international researchers on a number of other research projects in the public health, health behaviour and health education research areas.

Some key areas of interest and current research activity include:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of financial Incentives to encourage health behaviour change. Dr Lynagh is currently undertaking a feasibility trial, funded by the National Heart Foundation, on the use of financial incentives to encourage pregnant smokers to quit smoking.
  • Identifying the unmet needs of haematological cancer patients and their support persons and understanding their adherence to medication. Dr Lynagh is colloborating with a group of her colleagues from the Priority Research Centre in Health Behaviour on a large, national-wide study on haematological cancer survivors funded by Cancer Australia and beyond blue.
  • Collaborating with researchers from the Hood Center for Children and Families, Dartmouth Medical School (USA) on a longitudinal study on the influence of cross-promotional food marketing on pre-schoolers' dietary intake funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111700Public Health And Health Services50
130199Education Systems Not Elsewhere Classified25
111299Oncology And Carcinogenesis Not Elsewhere Classified25

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Public Health Australia Association
  • Member - ACHPER Australian Council for Health and Physical Education

National & International Standards Committees.

  • UMAT Technical Sub-Committee

Other

  • Fellow - NUSport Board
  • Member - Faculty Research and Ethics Committee

Appointments

Visiting Professor
Hood Centre for Children and Families, Dartmouth Medical School (United States)
01/07/2010 - 01/12/2010
Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Population Health Services, University of Wisconsin (United States)
01/07/2010 - 01/08/2010

Awards

Recognition.

2012Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) (Australia)
Nomionated for a national award for recognition of outstanding contribution to student learning and fostering confidence and competence in pre-service teachers to teach and manage sensitive and controversial issues in schools.
2011Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
University of Newcastle (Australia)
For outstanding contribution to student learning and fostering confidence and competence in pre-service teachers to teach and manage sensitive and controversial issues in schools.
2007Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support
University of Newcastle (Australia)
University-wide award for recognition of teaching excellence. Only 1 award made each year.
2007Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support in the Faculty of Health
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Award given for recognition of teaching excellence in Faculty of Health.

Research Award.

1996Postgraduate Research Scholarship
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Postgraduate scholarship to undertake PhD studies
1992Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Community Development/Cancer Control
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Scholarship offered to undertake PhD studies

Invitations

Evidence-based Public Health Full-day Workshop.
University of New Hampshire, United States (Invited Presenter)
2010
Why not pay women to quit smoking in pregnancy?
Norris Cotton Cancer Centre, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre, United States (Invited Presenter)
2010

Collaboration

Marita's primary research collaboration is with colleagues from the Priority Research Centre in Health Behaviour on several current research projects. Marita is also currently collaborating with a team of researchers from the Hood Center for Children and Families, Dartmouth Medical School, USA on a large NIH funded project.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Lynagh is a peer reviewer for the Faculty of Health HREC ethics applications and is frequently invited to review manuscripts for consideration of publication in journals such as BMC Public Health, Medical Education and Health Education and Research.

From 2008 to 2010, Marita served as a Board Director on NUSport and currently serves on the Discipline Management Committee and the JMP Admissions Committee. Dr Lynagh is also the University of Newcastle representative on the National UMAT Technical Sub-Committee.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • communication skills
  • epidemiology
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • personal development
  • population health
  • sexuality education

Teaching expertise

Dr Lynagh has many years of experience teaching and coordinating both undergraduate and postgraduate course in public health, health promotion, health education and communication skills. Marita teaches into a range of courses across both faculties of Health and Education.

She currently co-ordinates and teaches courses in: drug education and road safety education for pre-service teachers; teaching and managing sensitive issues in the classroom, such as sexuality, mental health, child protection and grief and loss for pre-service primary and secondary school teachers; introduction to public health and epidemiology for health professional students; and communcation and interactional skills for Medicine students.

Dr Lynagh has also developed and written many of the above courses from their beginnings and continues to update and improve course content and delivery methods.

in 2007 Dr Lynagh received both the Faculty of Health Vice-Chancelor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support and the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancelor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support. In 2011, Marita was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and in 2012 was nominated for an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Lynagh MC, Knight JJ, Schofield M, Paras L, 'Lessons learned from the Hunter Region Health Promoting Schools Project in NSW, Australia', Journal of School Health, 69(6) 222-232 (1999) [C1]
2003Schofield M, Lynagh MC, Mishra GD, 'Evaluation of a Health Promoting Schools program to reduce smoking in Australian secondary schools', Health Education Research, 18 678-692 (2003) [C1]
2002Lynagh MC, Perkins JJ, Schofield M, 'An Evidence-Based Approach to Health Promoting Schools', Journal of School Health, 72(7) 300-302 (2002) [C2]
2005Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, 'Problem-based learning: A dissemination success story?', Medical Journal of Australia, 183 258-260 (2005) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

Publications

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Journal article (24 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'Keeping the ¿goose¿ on the menu: response to commentaries on financial incentives in health behaviour change.', Int J Behav Med, 21 206-209 (2014)
2014Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'Keeping the 'Goose' on the Menu: Response to Commentaries on Financial Incentives in Health Behaviour Change', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 21 206-209 (2014)
2013Hall A, Lynagh M, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Supportive care needs of hematological cancer survivors: A critical review of the literature', Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 88 102-116 (2013) [C1]
2013Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. Guiding Principles for the Use of Financial Incentives in Health Behaviour Change', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 20 114-120 (2013) [C1]
2013Hall A, Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher R, Lynagh M, D'Este C, Burkhalter R, Carey M, 'Unmet needs of Australian and Canadian haematological cancer survivors: a cross-sectional international comparative study', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 22 2032-2038 (2013) [C1]
2013Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Threlfall T, D'Este CA, 'Format and readability of an enhanced invitation letter did not affect participation rates in a cancer registry-based study: a randomized controlled trial', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY, 66 85-94 (2013) [C1]
2012Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Tzelepis F, 'On-line information and support for supporters and carers of haematological cancer patients: Is access an issue?', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 2687-2695 (2012) [C1]
2012Carey ML, Anderson AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'How well are we meeting haematological cancer survivors' preferences for involvement in treatment decision making?', Patient Education and Counseling, 88 87-92 (2012) [C1]
2012Carey ML, Paul CL, Cameron EC, Lynagh MC, Hall AE, Tzelepis F, 'Financial and social impact of supporting a haematological cancer survivor', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 169-176 (2012) [C1]
2012Bonevski B, Bryant JL, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, 'Money as motivation to quit: A survey of a non-random Australian sample of socially disadvantaged smokers' views of the acceptability of cash incentives', Preventive Medicine, 55 122-126 (2012) [C1]
2012Gilligan C, Kypri K, Johnson NA, Lynagh MC, Love S, 'Parental supply of alcohol and adolescent risky drinking', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 754-762 (2012) [C1]
2012Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Symonds IM, Scott A, Hall AE, Oldmeadow CJ, 'An RCT protocol of varying financial incentive amounts for smoking cessation among pregnant women', BMC Public Health, 12 1032 (2012) [C3]
2011Paul CL, Carey ML, Hall AE, Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Henskens FA, 'Improving access to information and support for patients with less common cancers: hematologic cancer patients' views about web-based approaches', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13 e112 (2011) [C1]
2011Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Symonds IM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Paying women to quit smoking during pregnancy? Acceptability among pregnant women', Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13 1029-1036 (2011) [C1]
2010Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Alcohol-related harm: Perceptions of ambulance officers and health promotion actions they do and would do', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 21 19-25 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

2010Lynagh MC, Gilligan C, Handley T, 'Teaching about, and dealing with, sensitive issues in schools: How confident are pre-service teachers?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 1 5-11 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Conor Gilligan

2009Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Reducing alcohol-related harm: The untapped potential of pre-hospital care workers', International Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 237-240 (2009) [C3]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

2007Lynagh MC, Burton R, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A systematic review of medical skills laboratory training: Where to from here?', Medical Education, 41 879-887 (2007) [C1]
2005Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, 'Problem-based learning: A dissemination success story?', Medical Journal of Australia, 183 258-260 (2005) [C1]

Co-authors: Rob Sanson-Fisher

2003Schofield M, Lynagh MC, Mishra GD, 'Evaluation of a Health Promoting Schools program to reduce smoking in Australian secondary schools', Health Education Research, 18 678-692 (2003) [C1]
2002Lynagh MC, Perkins JJ, Schofield M, 'An Evidence-Based Approach to Health Promoting Schools', Journal of School Health, 72(7) 300-302 (2002) [C2]
1999Lynagh MC, Knight JJ, Schofield M, Paras L, 'Lessons learned from the Hunter Region Health Promoting Schools Project in NSW, Australia', Journal of School Health, 69(6) 222-232 (1999) [C1]
1999Lynagh M, Knight J, Schofield MJ, Paras L, 'Lessons learned from the Hunter Region Health Promoting Schools Project in New South Wales, Australia', JOURNAL OF SCHOOL HEALTH, 69 227-232 (1999)
1997Lynagh M, Schofield MJ, SansonFisher RW, 'School health promotion programs over the past decade: A review of the smoking, alcohol and solar protection literature', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 12 43-60 (1997)
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, Symonds I, Scott A, Hall A, Oldmeadow C, 'Should we pay pregnant smokers to quit? Preliminary findings of a feasibility trial.', Journal of Smoking Cessation, Sydney (2013) [E3]
2013Hall A, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, D'Este C, 'Unmet Needs: What do Hematological Cancer Survivors Want Help With?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2013Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) for Hematological Cancer Survivors: A Psychometric Assessment', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
2012Paras LE, James EL, Morgan PJ, Lynagh MC, 'The FamilyFIT Program: Feasibility of an innovative family-based intervention designed to increase physical activity levels', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011Paras LE, Morgan PJ, Lynagh MC, James EL, Bonevski B, 'A family focused community-based RCT to increase physical activity levels in children and their parents: Rationale and intervention description of the FamilyFIT study', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
2010Lynagh M, Symonds I, Sanson-Fisher R, Bonevski B, 'THE ACCEPTABILITY OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL INCENTIVES(PFI) FOR REDUCING ANTENATAL SMOKING', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2010) [E3]
2010Paras LE, Morgan PJ, Lynagh MC, James EL, Bonevski B, 'Rationale and intervention description of the familyFIT study: A family-focused community-based RCT, to increase physical activity levels in children and their parents', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$606,191

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2014 (1 grants)

A regional primary care based intervention to encourage colorectal cancer screening in those not responding to current national screening initiatives. $10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1301403

2013 (2 grants)

Teaching Relief - $50,000 - Lynagh ALL COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING TEACHING RELIEF FUNDS TO BE DIRECTED TO THE HEAD OF SCHOOL ONLY” $50,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marita Lynagh, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020132013
GNo:G1201123

Increasing my research output and leadership profile$7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020132013
GNo:G1200955

2012 (1 grants)

The validity of UMAT and other selection tools for predicting student academic and non-academic performance in a medical program$75,000
Funding Body: ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)

Project Team
Doctor Marita Lynagh, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Graeme Horton, Conjoint Professor David Powis, Doctor Miles Bore, Conjoint Associate Professor Donald Munro, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Nicky Hudson
SchemeRole
UMAT Consortium Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,00020122012
GNo:G1201096

2011 (2 grants)

Randomised controlled trial of a personal financial incentive (PFI) intervention to reduce antenatal smoking in women receiving public antenatal care$129,000
Funding Body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Marita Lynagh, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Robert Carter, Professor Anthony Scott
SchemeRole
Grant-In-AidInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$129,00020112012
GNo:G1000355

FamilyFIT: An innovative approach to increasing physical activity for the whole family$21,000
Funding Body: Hunter Children`s Research Foundation

Project Team
Associate Professor Erica James, Ms Lorraine Paras, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$21,00020112011
GNo:G1001012

2010 (1 grants)

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330
Funding Body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Project Team
Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$38,33020102010
GNo:G0190209

2009 (1 grants)

Health Behaviour Research Centre (HBRC)$267,361
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Professor John Wiggers, Conjoint Professor Alison Jones, Conjoint Professor David Durrheim, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Associate Professor Erica James, Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Bell, Doctor Allison Boyes, Professor Kypros Kypri, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor John Attia, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Frank Tuyl, Ms Lyn Francis, Ms Megan Freund, Dr Claire Johnson, Doctor Josephine Gwynn, Associate Professor Jennifer Bowman, Doctor Sue Outram, Doctor Marita Lynagh, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Conjoint Professor David Sibbritt, Doctor Edouard Tursan D'Espaignet, Doctor Libby Campbell
SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$267,36120092012
GNo:G0189877

2006 (1 grants)

The Australian College of Ambulance Professionals National Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 2/11/2006 - 4/11/2006$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020062006
GNo:G0187040

1994 (1 grants)

94GRANT. Evaluation of the health promoting schools program: A pilot study.$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Marita Lynagh
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00019941994
GNo:G0174888
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.45

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20102014PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorUnmet Needs of Survivors of a Haematological Malignancy: Prevalence, Predictors, and Psychometrics
20092014PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorA Family-Based Approach to Increasing Physical Activity in Children
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Dr Marita Lynagh

Work Phone(02) 4042 0545
Cell / Mobile Phone0400 635664
Fax(02) 4042 0044
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Discipline of Health Behaviour Science
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHealth Behaviour Sciences
Office
Level 4 - West wing,
HMRI Building,
JHH Campus
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/marita-lynagh