Dr Krestina Amon

PhD, B.BehHlthSci (Hons 1)
Lecturer | First Year Experience Coordinator (Bachelor of Health Sciences) | Belong@FHS Mentoring Program Coordinator

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +612 9351 9994

Website @KrestinaAmon

Biographical details

Dr. Amon is a lecturer for the Bachelor of Health Sciences within the Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health. Her interests lie in developing and evaluating new programs using technology for mental health and in higher education. She has research experience in child and adolescent mental health and technology and has a strong interest in eHealth and social media in research. Her research experience in these areas involved the use of biofeedback video games to assist children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, training health students interviewing skills using simulation technology for health practice, and using Facebook for research recruitment.

Research interests

Dr. Amon is a part of the Interdisciplinary eHealth Advancement and Research Team (IeHART) which won the 2014 Faculty of Health Sciences Collaborative Research Scheme.

Krestina’s research interests include;

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Serious games and technology for health and learning
  • Social media in research and learning

Teaching and supervision

Krestina is the First Year Experience Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.

She teaches in;

Current projects

Dr. Amon is a member of IeHART and is working towards facilitating the integration of innovative e-Health solutions to improve service delivery. The team aims to develop and validate an evidence-based model of interdisciplinary patient-centred e-Health practice.

Krestina is also working on a study involving social media. The Instagram Study explores the demographic and behavioural characteristics of Instagram users. The study aims to assist in a better understanding of the factors which affect an individual’s decision to share personal images online and its role in community building, social connectedness, and life satisfaction.

Awards and honours

  • 2013 Faculty of Health Sciences Dean’s Citation for Learning & Teaching Award
  • 2006-2009 Australian Postgraduate Award

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery

Selected grants

2017

  • Wassup? Embedded Mental Health Education; Wedgwood N, Fuller N, Burns J, Bonati M, Shaw T, Amon K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • Interdisciplinary e-Health Advancement and Research Team (IeHART); Togher L, Shaw T, Lam M, Poon S, Campbell A, Dew A, Philip R, McEntee M, Dennis S, Power E, Keep M, Nagarajan S, Amon K, O'Dea B, McKeough Z, Penman M, Lincoln M; University of Sydney/MiniSYRENS.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Keep, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2011). Game-based learning: Current research in games for health, a focus on biofeedback video games as treatement for AD/HD. In Patrick Felicia (Eds.), Handbook of research on improving learning and motivation through educational games: Multidisciplinary approaches, Volume 1, (pp. 583-605). Hershey: Information Science Reference. [More Information]

Journals

  • Keep, M., Amon, K. (2017). Follow me: Exploring the effect of personality and stranger connections on Instagram use. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 9(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Tran, V., Lam, M., Amon, K., Brunner, M., Hines, M., Penman, M., Lowe, R., Togher, L. (2017). Interdisciplinary eHealth for the care of people living with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Brain Injury, 31(13-14), 1701-1710. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Paxton, K., Klineberg, E., Riley, L., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2016). Insights into Facebook Pages: An early adolescent health research study page targeted at parents. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 28(1), 69-77. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Paxton, K., Klineberg, E., Riley, L., Hazell, P., Skinner, R., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2016). Recruiting a young adolescent rural cohort: costs and lessons learnt. Advances in Pediatric Research, 3, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Campbell, A., Amon, K., Keep, M., Cumming, S., Selby, H., Lincoln, M., Neville, V., Bhullar, N., Magor-Blatch, L., Oxman, L., Gonczi, A., et al (2015). Virtual World Interview Skills Training for Students Studying Health Professions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33(2), 156-171. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Campbell, A., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2014). Facebook as a Recruitment Tool for Adolescent Health Research: A Systematic Review. Academic Pediatrics, 14(5), 439-447. [More Information]
  • Lennings, C., Amon, K., Brummert, H., Lennings, N. (2010). Grooming for Terror: The Internet and Young People. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17(3), 424-437. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2008). Biofeedback video games to teach ADHD children relaxation skills to help manage symptoms. PATOSS, 21(1), 34-38.
  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2008). Can children with AD/HD learn relaxation and breathing techniques through biofeedback video games? Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 8(2008), 72-84.

Conferences

  • Amon, K., Keep, M. (2015). Secret missions in eHealth: Social media and professionalism. STARS Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success 2015, Melbourne, Australia: Jason Thomas Events Pty Ltd.
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Selby, H. (2013). First year health interviewing in a virtual world. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.
  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Cummings, K., Lincoln, M. (2012). Health interviewing in a virtual world: Demonstrated increases in interviewing self-efficacy. 2nd ACU Simulation in Health Education Showcase, Sydney, Australia: Australian Catholic University.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual world interview skills training for Health Professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual worlds interview skills training for health professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.

2017

  • Keep, M., Amon, K. (2017). Follow me: Exploring the effect of personality and stranger connections on Instagram use. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 9(1), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Tran, V., Lam, M., Amon, K., Brunner, M., Hines, M., Penman, M., Lowe, R., Togher, L. (2017). Interdisciplinary eHealth for the care of people living with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Brain Injury, 31(13-14), 1701-1710. [More Information]

2016

  • Amon, K., Paxton, K., Klineberg, E., Riley, L., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2016). Insights into Facebook Pages: An early adolescent health research study page targeted at parents. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 28(1), 69-77. [More Information]
  • Amon, K., Paxton, K., Klineberg, E., Riley, L., Hazell, P., Skinner, R., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2016). Recruiting a young adolescent rural cohort: costs and lessons learnt. Advances in Pediatric Research, 3, 1-9. [More Information]

2015

  • Amon, K., Keep, M. (2015). Secret missions in eHealth: Social media and professionalism. STARS Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success 2015, Melbourne, Australia: Jason Thomas Events Pty Ltd.
  • Campbell, A., Amon, K., Keep, M., Cumming, S., Selby, H., Lincoln, M., Neville, V., Bhullar, N., Magor-Blatch, L., Oxman, L., Gonczi, A., et al (2015). Virtual World Interview Skills Training for Students Studying Health Professions. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33(2), 156-171. [More Information]

2014

  • Amon, K., Campbell, A., Hawke, C., Steinbeck, K. (2014). Facebook as a Recruitment Tool for Adolescent Health Research: A Systematic Review. Academic Pediatrics, 14(5), 439-447. [More Information]

2013

  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Selby, H. (2013). First year health interviewing in a virtual world. 16th International FYHE Conference 2013, Wellington, New Zealand: The International First Year in Higher Education Conference.

2012

  • Keep, M., Amon, K., Cummings, K., Lincoln, M. (2012). Health interviewing in a virtual world: Demonstrated increases in interviewing self-efficacy. 2nd ACU Simulation in Health Education Showcase, Sydney, Australia: Australian Catholic University.
  • Lam, M., Amon, K., Keep, M., Campbell, A., Neville, V. (2012). The effect of e-health contents on health science students' attitude toward the efficiency of health ICT in care provision. In Anthony J Maeder, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez (Eds.), Health Informatics: Building a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information: Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2012), (pp. 99-104). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual world interview skills training for Health Professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.
  • Campbell, A., Keep, M., Amon, K. (2012). Virtual worlds interview skills training for health professionals. The 35th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hobart, Australia.

2011

  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2011). Game-based learning: Current research in games for health, a focus on biofeedback video games as treatement for AD/HD. In Patrick Felicia (Eds.), Handbook of research on improving learning and motivation through educational games: Multidisciplinary approaches, Volume 1, (pp. 583-605). Hershey: Information Science Reference. [More Information]

2010

  • Lennings, C., Amon, K., Brummert, H., Lennings, N. (2010). Grooming for Terror: The Internet and Young People. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 17(3), 424-437. [More Information]

2008

  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2008). Biofeedback video games to teach ADHD children relaxation skills to help manage symptoms. PATOSS, 21(1), 34-38.
  • Amon, K., Campbell, A. (2008). Can children with AD/HD learn relaxation and breathing techniques through biofeedback video games? Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 8(2008), 72-84.

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