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Associate Professor Marita Lynagh

Associate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health (Health Behaviour Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

Biography

Dr Marita Lynagh is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Health Behaviour Science, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, Australia. Over a period of 20 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.

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, assessment of unmet needs of haematological cancer survivors and their support persons, and validity of different selection tools for admission into undergraduate medicine.

Marita has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals 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 has supervised two PhD students and a number of Masters in Health Promotion, Psychology Honours and PRC Summer Scholarship Programs students. 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, and in 2013 was awarded a 12-month Career Enhancement Fellowship from the University of Newcastle.

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. *

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.

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, and a current member of the JMP Admissions and Academic Senate Committees.

Collaborations
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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Social Health Sc (Hlth Prom), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Selection for medicine
  • alcohol and harm minimisation
  • child and adolescent health
  • communication skills
  • epidemiology
  • financial incentives
  • heallth behaviour
  • health education
  • health promotion
  • medical education
  • obesity and physical activity
  • personal development
  • population health
  • school health
  • sexuality education

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50
111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified 25
130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013 Fellow UON

UoN Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women

University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
1/07/2010 - 1/08/2010 Honorary Research Fellow

Visiting Research Fellows

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Population Health Services,
United States
1/07/2010 - 1/12/2010 Visiting Professor Darmouth Medical School
Hood Centre for Children and Families
United States
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2010 Membership - NUSport Board NUSport Board
Australia
1/01/1998 - 31/12/2003 Membership - Faculty Research and Ethics Committee Faculty Research and Ethics Committee
Australia
1/01/1998 - 31/12/2004 Membership - ACHPER Australian Council for Health and Physical Education Australian Council for Health and Physical Education (ACHPER)
Australia
1/01/1995 - 31/12/2007 Membership - Public Health Australia Association Public Health Australia Association
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - UMAT Technical Sub-Committee UMAT Technical Sub-Committee
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
1996 Postgraduate Research Scholarship
University of Newcastle
1992 Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Community Development/Cancer Control
University of Newcastle

Scholarship

Year Award
2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle

Teaching Award

Year Award
2012 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Unknown
2011 Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
University of Newcastle
2007 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support
University of Newcastle
2007 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support in the Faculty of Health
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2010 Why not pay women to quit smoking in pregnancy?
Organisation: Norris Cotton Cancer Centre, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre Description: Invited to present as part of the Norris Cotton Centre Grand Rounds.
2010 Evidence-based Public Health Full-day Workshop.
Organisation: University of New Hampshire Description: Invited to present a one-day workshop on evidence-based public health to post-graduate Masters of Public Health students.
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 13
Total funding $4,941,288

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20171 grants / $637,082

A cluster randomised trial of electronic feedback, online and telephone support on multiple health risk behaviours among Technical and Further Education (TAFE) students$637,082

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Professor John Wiggers, Professor Kypros Kypri, Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Doctor Libby Campbell, Ms Kathryn Chapman
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1600256
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20161 grants / $98,015

Equity and Medical Education (EME) - what are the 'sticky points' in the application and admissions processes of undergraduate medical schools that affect entry of students from low socioeconomic stat$98,015

Funding body: Department of Education

Funding body Department of Education
Project Team Doctor Robbert Duvivier, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Caragh Brosnan, Professor Brian Kelly, Professor Brian Jolly, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Doctor Sue Outram, Professor Wendy Hu, Dr Barbara Griffin, Associate Professor Boaz Shulruf, Associate Professor Amanda Nagle
Scheme Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600143
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20141 grants / $10,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301403
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $57,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Professor Ian Symonds
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201123
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Increasing my research output and leadership profile$7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200955
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $75,000

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)

Funding body ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research)
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Professor Brian Kelly, Doctor Graeme Horton, Conjoint Professor David Powis, Associate Professor Miles Bore, Conjoint Associate Professor Donald Munro, Professor Ian Symonds, Conjoint Professor Nicky Hudson
Scheme UMAT Consortium Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201096
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20113 grants / $3,750,000

Impact of food marketing and cross-promotions on pre-schoolers dietary intake.$3,600,000

The aim of this study is to examine the longitudinal impact fo cross-promotional advertising on children's dietary intake and explore parental motivation for purchasing foods promoted through CPTI.

Funding body: NIH National Institutes of Health

Funding body NIH National Institutes of Health
Project Team

Prof Madeline Dalton

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

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

Funding body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Professor Billie Bonevski, Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Robert Carter, Professor Anthony Scott
Scheme Grant-In-Aid
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1000355
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

FamilyFIT: An innovative approach to increasing physical activity for the whole family$21,000

Funding body: Hunter Children`s Research Foundation

Funding body Hunter Children`s Research Foundation
Project Team Associate Professor Erica James, Ms Lorraine Paras, Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001012
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20101 grants / $38,330

Sources of alcohol for teenage binge drinking$38,330

Funding body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Funding body Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project Team Doctor Conor Gilligan, Professor Kypros Kypri, Doctor Natalie Johnson, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190209
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20091 grants / $267,361

20061 grants / $1,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0187040
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19941 grants / $7,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174888
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Family-based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Primary School-aged Children and their Parents: The FamilyFIT Study PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Unmet Needs of Survivors of a Haematological Malignancy: Prevalence, Predictors, and Psychometrics PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Are PE teachers biased against overweight children?

August 10, 2015

Whether it's conscious or unconscious, a new University of Newcastle study has revealed that trainee PE teachers have a bias against obese children.

Associate Professor Marita Lynagh

Position

Associate Professor
Discipline of Health Behaviour Science
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Health Behaviour Sciences

Contact Details

Email marita.lynagh@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0545
Mobile 0400 635664
Fax (02) 4042 0044

Office

Room Level 4 - West wing
Building HMRI Building
Location JHH Campus

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