About Dr Karen McPhail-Bell

Karen is an applied, qualitative health promotion researcher and public health practitioner who has made national and international contributions to health promotion and cross-cultural health research. Her interest lies in the operation of power in relation to people’s health, and strengths-based, reciprocal processes in support of community-led agendas.

Karen’s current research focus is upon research and evaluation capacity strengthening, and the way public health practitioners integrate knowledge and values into practice. Karen completed her PhD in 2016, which involved a collaboration with an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation, which informed the development of a model for decolonising health promotion. Karen has over 15 years policy and program experience across academic, government and non-government roles in health equity, health promotion, and international development. Karen is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Associate Editor for the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Karen has also held leadership and executive positions in the Australian Health Promotion Association’s NSW and Queensland branches.

Selected publications

For a full list of Dr. McPhail-Bell's publications please see her Sydney Medical School Academic Profile page.