Dr Lauren Gardner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School / The Matilda Centre

Telephone 02 8627 9012

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Biographical details

Lauren Gardner is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology with first class Honours (2013) and a PhD in Psychology (2018) from the University of Wollongong. Her PhD focused on the cognitive and social factors underlying participation and dropout in organised youth sport. Her current research focus is on developing internet-based preventive interventions for secondary school students. She is working on the Health4Life Initiative which aims to develop and evaluate the first eHealth program simultaneously targeting six key health behaviours (physical activity, diet, sedentary recreational screen time, sleep, alcohol and smoking) to reduce the risk of chronic disease among secondary school students. Lauren is also working on Climate Schools, a universal, online school-based program designed to prevent alcohol and other drug use and related harms among adolescents.

Research interests

  • Improving health and wellbeing through sport and physical activity;
  • Drug and alcohol prevention and education;
  • School-based prevention;
  • Internet-based interventions.

Current projects

  • Health4Life: An online multiple health behaviour change intervention to prevent chronic disease risk among secondary school students
  • Climate Schools: Internet-based prevention for alcohol and other drugs
  • Good Sports: Evaluation of alternative delivery models of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's "Good Sports" program

Selected grants

2019

  • Evaluation of Alternative Delivery Model of Good Sports; Shoesmith L, Gardner L, Snijder M, Prior K, Sunderland M, Newton N, Teesson M; Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)/Request for Proposal: Evaluation of Alternative Delivery Model of Good Sports.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Vella, S., Gardner, L., Kemp, B., Swann, C. (2018). Health-related quality of life as a longitudinal mediator of the relationship between participation in organised sports and adiposity among young people. Preventive Medicine Reports, 12, 66-70. [More Information]

2018

  • Vella, S., Gardner, L., Kemp, B., Swann, C. (2018). Health-related quality of life as a longitudinal mediator of the relationship between participation in organised sports and adiposity among young people. Preventive Medicine Reports, 12, 66-70. [More Information]

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