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Research experience & interests:I am a behavioural scientist with the career objective of reversing increasing population rates of childhood obesity. My applied research involves settings-based interventions in schools and childcare services to change the policies and practices of these organisations in order to facilitate healthy behaviours in the people within them. I was responsible for intervention development, implementation and evaluation for interventions as part of Australia's largest ever childhood obesity prevention project (Good for Kids. Good for Life). This involved implementing interventions across 400 primary schools and 300 childcare centres within the Local Health District. I am particularly interested in using technology to integrate obesity prevention strategies into existing systems within organisations.

Leadership & track record: I am on the Executive Committee of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM). I have supervised Honours and PhD students and have collaborated with other ECRs. I have previously held the position of the early career representative for ASBHM and I am currently responsible for leading the Early Career Researcher Development Strategies within my research group. I have published in leading specialty journals in nutrition, epidemiology, and public health. I have also published a diversity of manuscripts including systematic reviews, epidemiological papers and efficacy and population wide translational trials including RCTs. My work has been presented internationally at conferences in Turkey, The United States, Hungary and New Zealand, included an invited presentation at an international conference. I have reviewed for numerous journals including BMJ. I was the recipient of a Newcastle University Post Graduate scholarship and an APA and was awarded the inaugural Hunter New England Population Health Emerging Researcher Award in 2010. In 2014, I was selected as the University of Newcastle finalist for the STS Young Leaders' Program, and was subsequently accepted as one of only five Australian representatives at the 2014 forum to be held in Kyoto.

Translation to practice: I presented my PhD research to the NSW Office of Preventive Health and this led to the intervention I developed and evaluated being incorporated into the NSW State Obesity Plan. Furthermore, work I undertook as part of the Good for Kids, Good for Life childhood obesity prevention program was used to inform the state-wide roll-out strategy for the Healthy Children’s Initiative by the NSW Ministry of Health. My research is driven by what will work in the real world; interventions that are scalable, fundable, able to shape future policy and practice, and ultimately able to influence health outcomes at a population level. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 25/02/2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 29/04/2005
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney, 29/04/2005
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of New South Wales, 02/10/2008

Research

Research keywords

  • Childcare
  • Children
  • Implementation Research
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Online interventions
  • Physical Activity
  • Population Health
  • Public Health
  • Schools
  • Technology
  • Translation

Research expertise

Training:

I have completed a PhD (School of Medicine and Public Health) as well as post-graduate courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Public Health, Health Management and Indigenous Health. I have completed training courses in Structural Equation Modelling and Mediation Analysis, SAS analysis, and conducting literature reviews.

Publications:

I have published in leading specialty journals in nutrition (AJCN, IJBNPA), epidemiology (Epi), and Public health (The Cochrane Collaboration). I have also published a diversity of manuscripts including systematic reviews, epidemiological papers and efficacy and population wide translational trials including RCTs. My Honours research has been cited over 60 times. My H-Index is very competitive, relative to opportunity.

Recognition:

I received a Newcastle University Post Graduate scholarship and an Australian Post Graduate award. In recognition of my early publications during my candidature, I was awarding the inaugural Hunter New England Population Health Emerging Researcher Award in 2010. In 2014 I was selected by the Australian Research Council as one of only five Australian representatives to participate in the ‘Young Leaders’ Forum’ as part of the Science and Technology in Society Forum held annually in Kyoto. My work has been presented internationally at conferences in Turkey, The Unites States, Hungary and New Zealand. I delivered an invited presentation at the annual scientific meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and was invited to present my thesis findings to the NSW Office of Preventive Health. This presentation led to the intervention I developed and evaluated being incorporated into the draft NSW State Obesity Plan. Furthermore, work I undertook as part of the Good for Kids, Good for Life childhood obesity prevention program was used to inform the state-wide roll-out strategy for the Healthy Children’s Initiative by the NSW Ministry of Health.

Skills & experience:

In my career to date, I have gained experience and skills in my roles on large research trials, funded by nationally competitive grants. The interventions have targeted cancer risk factors (poor nutrition, physical inactivity, excessive weight gain and tobacco use) across a range of key community settings (including health services, schools and childcare services). I have also led trials of intervention strategies directly targeting health behaviours (efficacy trials) as well as strategies to facilitate intervention adoption across community settings (Translational trials). I was responsible for aspects of the evaluation of Good for Kids, Good for Life, Australia’s largest ($7 million) child obesity prevention program in primary schools. I am currently the Research Fellow on an ARC Linkage grant “A randomised trial of an implementation intervention to facilitate the adoption of a statewide healthy canteen policy” ($390,000)” and have previously been the evaluation manager on an ANPHA project grant “Creating childcare environments supportive of child obesity prevention: The effectiveness of an intensive population based dissemination intervention” ($660,000) on which I was also listed as a CI.

Collaborations:

I have coordinated collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Deakin University, Monash University and Hunter New England Population Health which generated 6 published papers, 2 papers under review, an invited presentation at an international conference, and theses for 2 clinical psychology masters students. I also managed a collaboration between four research groups which has resulted in the publication of a Cochrane review (IF = 6.186) and 3 conference presentations. I have also managed collaborations within the Good for Kids. Good for Life childhood obesity prevention project and was responsible for forming an expert group to guide development, implementation and evaluation of the physical activity intervention in primary schools.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111712Health Promotion35
111716Preventive Medicine35
111104Public Nutrition Intervention30

Collaboration

I have coordinated collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Deakin University, Monash University and Hunter New England Population Health which generated 6 published papers, 2 papers under review, an invited presentation at an international conference, and theses for 2 clinical psychology masters students. I also managed a collaboration between four research groups which has resulted in the publication of a Cochrane review (IF = 6.186) and 3 conference presentations. I have also managed collaborations within the Good for Kids. Good for Life childhood obesity prevention project (the largest obesity prevention project in Australia involving over 300 childcare centres and 400 schools primary schools across the region) and was responsible for forming an expert group to guide development, implementation and evaluation of the physical activity intervention in primary schools.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

At 15 months post-doc, I was elected to the executive committee of the Australasian Society for Health and Behavioural Medicine. I currently hold the position of secretary. I have previously held the position of PROMISE representative (the affiliated society for early career researchers) where I was responsible for organising mentoring sessions between early career researchers and established researchers, and organising career development workshops to be given by eminent health behaviour researchers. I am currently a member of the scientific committee of the society, and was a member of the local organising committee for the Annual Meeting in Newcastle in 2013.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Children
  • Healthy Eating
  • Obesity
  • Population Health
  • Prevention

Teaching expertise

PhD Student Supervision:

(Enrolled Dec 2012 - School of Medicine and Public Health). Topic: Creating Childcare Environments Supportive of Child Obesity Prevention: The Effectiveness of an Intensive Population Based Dissemination Intervention.

Honours Student Supervision:

(2013 - School of Psychology). Topic: Associations between the home food environment and children’s dietary patterns (fat from dairy products, sweetened drinks and non-core foods): A longitudinal study.

(2011 - School of Psychology). Topic: Fast-Food choices for children: An exploration of nutritional labelling and other factors.

Lectures:

I have delivered obesity prevention lectures to Early Childhood and Education undergraduate students.

Mentoring:

I have also co-authored student papers which were submitted as part of Masters and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology degrees. I have managed and mentored research staff.

Training: I have also provided staff development session to university and health service staff in the conduct of literature searches.

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Publications

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Journal article (18 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Wolfenden L, Wyse R, Nichols M, Allender S, Millar L, McElduff P, 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of whole of community interventions to prevent excessive population weight gain', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 62 193-200 (2014) [C1]
2014Jones J, Wolfenden L, Wyse R, Finch M, Yoong SL, Dodds P, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to facilitate the implementation of healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in childcare services.', BMJ Open, 4 e005312 (2014) [C3]
2014Wolfenden L, Nathan N, Williams CM, Delaney T, Reilly KL, Freund M, et al., 'A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase the implementation of a healthy canteen policy in Australian primary schools: study protocol.', Implement Sci, 9 147 (2014) [C3]
2014Dodds P, Wyse R, Jones J, Wolfenden L, Lecathelinais C, Williams A, et al., 'Validity of a measure to assess healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in Australian childcare services.', BMC Public Health, 14 572 (2014)
2014Wolfenden L, Carruthers J, Wyse R, Yoong S, 'Translation of tobacco control programs in schools: findings from a rapid review of systematic reviews of implementation and dissemination interventions.', Health Promot J Austr, 25 136-138 (2014)
2014Wolfenden L, Wyse R, Campbell E, Brennan L, Campbell KJ, Fletcher A, et al., 'Randomized controlled trial of a telephone-based intervention for child fruit and vegetable intake: Long-term follow-up', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99 543-550 (2014)
2013Yoong SL, Wolfenden L, Finch M, Williams A, Dodds P, Gillham K, Wyse R, 'A randomised controlled trial of an active telephone-based recruitment strategy to increase childcare-service staff attendance at a physical activity and nutrition training workshop', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24 224-226 (2013) [C1]
2013Wolfenden L, Kypri K, Britton B, James EL, Francis JL, Wyse R, 'Effects of Introductory Information on Self-Reported Health Behavior', EPIDEMIOLOGY, 24 170-172 (2013) [C1]
2013Fletcher A, Wolfenden L, Wyse R, Bowman J, McElduff P, Duncan S, 'A randomised controlled trial and mediation analysis of the 'Healthy Habits', telephone-based dietary intervention for preschool children', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 10 (2013) [C1]
2012Campbell E, Campbell KJ, Wiggers JH, Brennan L, Fletcher AL, Bowman JA, et al., 'A cluster randomized controlled trial of a telephone-based parent intervention to increase preschoolers' fruit and vegetable consumption', American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96 102-110 (2012) [C1]
2012Wolfenden L, Wyse RJ, Britton BI, Campbell KJ, Hodder RK, Stacey FG, et al., 'Interventions for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children aged 5 years and under', COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, (2012) [C1]
2012Nathan NK, Wolfenden L, Bell AC, Wyse R, Morgan PJ, Butler MT, et al., 'Effectiveness of a multi-strategy intervention in increasing the implementation of vegetable and fruit breaks by Australian primary schools: A non-randomized controlled trial', BMC Public Health, 12 651 (2012) [C1]
2011Finch M, Wolfenden L, Morgan PJ, Freund MA, Wyse R, Wiggers JH, 'A cluster randomised trial to evaluate a physical activity intervention among 3-5 year old children attending long day care services: Study protocol', BMC Public Health, 10 534 (2011) [C1]
2011Nathan NK, Wolfenden L, Butler M, Bell AC, Wyse R, Campbell EM, et al., 'Vegetable and fruit breaks in Australian primary schools: prevalence, attitudes, barriers and implementation strategies', Health Education Research, 26 722-731 (2011) [C1]
2011Wyse R, Campbell EM, Nathan NK, Wolfenden L, 'Associations between characteristics of the home food environment and fruit and vegetable intake in preschool children: A cross-sectional study', BMC Public Health, 11 938 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Luke Wolfenden

2011Wyse R, Wolfenden L, Campbell EM, Campbell K, Brennan L, Fletcher A, et al., 'A pilot study of a telephone-based parental intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5-year-old children', Public Health Nutrition, 14 2245-2253 (2011) [C1]
2010Wyse R, Wolfenden L, Campbell EM, Brennan L, Campbell KJ, Fletcher AL, et al., 'A cluster randomised trial of a telephone-based intervention for parents to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in their 3- to 5-year-old children: Study protocol', BMC Public Health, 10 1-12 (2010) [C1]
2007Hodgkinson K, Butow P, Hunt GE, Wyse R, Hobbs KM, Wain G, 'Life after cancer: couples¿ and partners¿ psychological adjustment and supportive care needs', Supportive Care in Cancer, 15 405-415 (2007)
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Wyse R, Wolfenden L, Campbell EM, 'A telephone-based intervention targeting preschool children can also increase the fruit and vegetable consumption of their parents after 12 months', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Abstracts from the ICBM 2012 Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Luke Wolfenden

2012Wolfenden L, Campbell EM, Campbell K, Wiggers JH, Brennan L, Fletcher A, et al., 'A telephone-based parent intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year-old children: 12-month outcomes from the healthy habits cluster randomized trial', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Abstracts from the ICBM 2012 Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2012) [E3]
2012Wyse R, Wolfenden L, Brennan L, 'Training interviewers to deliver a telephone-based behavioural family intervention encouraging fruit and vegetable consumption', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Auckland, NZ (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Luke Wolfenden

2011James EL, Wolfenden L, Wyse R, Britton B, Campbell K, Hodder R, et al., 'Interventions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption amongst preschool aged children: A systematic review of randomised trials', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
2011Wyse R, Wolfenden L, Campbell E, Campbell K, Brennan L, Fletcher AL, et al., 'Efficacy of a telephone-based parent intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year olds: a cluster randomised trial', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$710,448

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2014 (1 grants)

A randomised trial of an implantation intervention to facilitate the adoption of a state-wide health canteen policy$12,420
Funding Body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Project Team
Doctor Rebecca Wyse
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,42020142014
GNo:G1400906

2012 (2 grants)

Creating childcare environments supportive of child obesity prevention: The effectiveness of an intensive population based dissemination intervention$662,778
Funding Body: ANPHA (Australian National Preventive Health Agency)

Project Team
Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Professor John Wiggers, Doctor Libby Campbell, Ms Karen Gillham, Ms Megan Freund, Doctor Paula Wye, Ms Meghan Finch, Doctor Patrick McElduff, Doctor Rebecca Wyse, Dr Sze Yoong, Ms Jannah Jones
SchemeRole
Preventive Health Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$662,77820122014
GNo:G1101031

Creating childcare environments supportive of child obesity prevention: The effectiveness of an intensive population based dissemination intervention$35,250
Funding Body: Hunter New England Population Health

Project Team
Doctor Rebecca Wyse
SchemeRole
ScholarshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$35,25020122013
GNo:G1201022
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.55

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
20142018PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorAn Intervention to Improve Implementation of Nutrition Guidelines in Childcare Services
20122016PhD (Behavioural Science)Co-SupervisorCreating Childcare Environments Supportive of Child Obesity Prevention: The Effectiveness of an Intensive Population Based Dissemination Intervention
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Dr Rebecca Wyse

Work Phone(02) 4924 6310
Fax(02) 4924 6209
Email
PositionResearch Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
RM0038,
Booth Building,
WALLSEND
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/r-wyse