How long have you worked at UOW?
6 ½ years so far.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I currently work with Early Start Research. Our team brings together academics, practitioners, professionals, and research students to advance the learning, development, and health of children and those who work with and care for them.
Our focus is on impacting policy and practice, not only in the communities with which our researchers work, but nationally and internationally. I primarily work on research projects that explore food and movement behaviours in young children, including studies that look at physical activity, screen time, sleep, and parent mobile phone use.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I love working with the community through the Early Start Discovery Space.
What’s the most challenging?
Understanding that there’s so much we don’t yet know about child health and development, and only so many hours in the day to try and get the answers we need! Thankfully this is both challenging and motivating.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Working with a team developing the upcoming World Health Organisation Global Standards for healthy eating and movement behaviours in early childhood education and care settings. I’ve learnt so much in a short amount of time, and come to appreciate more than ever the influence of early childhood educators. They do amazing work.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
In 2019, we’re continuing to look at ways to promote the development of critical life skills in children, locally and across the globe, whether that be through promotion of healthy food and movement behaviours, evidence-based learning experiences in the Early Start Discovery Space, or exploration of the impact of mobile phone use on parent-child interactions.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I’m not sure about one specific memory, but I love working with visiting academics and learning all about different research taking place across the globe.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I was awarded my PhD late last year! It felt great after years of juggling work and thesis responsibilities.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Japan. The food, the people, the culture. I love it all. My husband and I have visited four times and hope to visit many more.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Travel, travel, and more travel. There are so many places I’d love to see and people I’d love to meet.