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Parrish, Anne-Maree Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Health and Society
  • Early Start Research
  • Public Health and Health Services

Research Overview


  • Anne-Maree’s research interests include: factors influencing children and adolescents sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels. Anne-Maree’s current research focuses on promoting children’s and adolescent physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour through environmental and psychosocial interventions in the school environment. 

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • This project was commissioned by the NSW Department of Education in 2016 to evaluate a change in school classroom design moving from traditional rows of desks to a Flexible Learning Space (FLS) design which accommodates a variety of furnishings to meet the needs of different pedagogical approaches of teachers and learning styles of students. This project has benefited the NSW Department of Education by providing feedback to teachers, executives and directors regarding the effect of FLS on children’s learning, time on task, engagement and collaboration. At an organisational level, the research provided constructive infrastructural design advice and addressed teacher concerns regarding the practical implications of a pedagogical approach which encouraged students to be co-creators of their learning experience using collaboration, independence and experiential learning in an environment where students are free to move around the classroom. Children benefitted through a more actively engaged approach to their learning which resulted in more positive classroom interactions and a reduction in sitting time, resulting in improved health and wellbeing.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing Health Promoting Sports Clubs through Organisational Change
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Impact of the Spatial Environment on Adolescents - Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Cognition within the High School Environment. Kariippanon, Katharina
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring changes in non-organised physical activity participation from childhood to adolescence: an interdisciplinary approach Kemp, Byron
    Doctor of Philosophy 24-hour movement behaviours across the primary-secondary school transition: Associations with physical and psychosocial health in preadolescent children Chong, Kar-Hau
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Does the Content, Ability and Time Taken to Open Pre-packaged Food Items Impact Break Time Physical Activity Levels of Foundation and Stage 1 Primary School Children? Stanham, Kim
    Doctor of Philosophy Cross-sectional and prospective associations between 24-hour movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep) and health among children in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alanazi, Yazeed
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Nutrition and food systems education for secondary school students in Australia and Iran Sadegholvad, Sanaz

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Health Science, What factors influence levels of school playground physical activity in children from grades K-6? 2010
  • M.P.H., Public Health 1995
  • B.N.S., Nursing 1989
  • A.D.N. in Nursing 1987

Teaching Overview


  • Teaches both undergraduate and post graduate students subjects relating to Public Health, specializing in Health Promotion 

Full Name


  • Dr Anne-Maree Parrish

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong

    Northfields ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Fax


  • +61 2 4221 5945

Research Overview


  • Anne-Maree’s research interests include: factors influencing children and adolescents sedentary behaviour and physical activity levels. Anne-Maree’s current research focuses on promoting children’s and adolescent physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour through environmental and psychosocial interventions in the school environment. 

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • This project was commissioned by the NSW Department of Education in 2016 to evaluate a change in school classroom design moving from traditional rows of desks to a Flexible Learning Space (FLS) design which accommodates a variety of furnishings to meet the needs of different pedagogical approaches of teachers and learning styles of students. This project has benefited the NSW Department of Education by providing feedback to teachers, executives and directors regarding the effect of FLS on children’s learning, time on task, engagement and collaboration. At an organisational level, the research provided constructive infrastructural design advice and addressed teacher concerns regarding the practical implications of a pedagogical approach which encouraged students to be co-creators of their learning experience using collaboration, independence and experiential learning in an environment where students are free to move around the classroom. Children benefitted through a more actively engaged approach to their learning which resulted in more positive classroom interactions and a reduction in sitting time, resulting in improved health and wellbeing.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing Health Promoting Sports Clubs through Organisational Change
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Impact of the Spatial Environment on Adolescents - Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Cognition within the High School Environment. Kariippanon, Katharina
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring changes in non-organised physical activity participation from childhood to adolescence: an interdisciplinary approach Kemp, Byron
    Doctor of Philosophy 24-hour movement behaviours across the primary-secondary school transition: Associations with physical and psychosocial health in preadolescent children Chong, Kar-Hau
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Does the Content, Ability and Time Taken to Open Pre-packaged Food Items Impact Break Time Physical Activity Levels of Foundation and Stage 1 Primary School Children? Stanham, Kim
    Doctor of Philosophy Cross-sectional and prospective associations between 24-hour movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep) and health among children in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alanazi, Yazeed
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Nutrition and food systems education for secondary school students in Australia and Iran Sadegholvad, Sanaz

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Health Science, What factors influence levels of school playground physical activity in children from grades K-6? 2010
  • M.P.H., Public Health 1995
  • B.N.S., Nursing 1989
  • A.D.N. in Nursing 1987

Teaching Overview


  • Teaches both undergraduate and post graduate students subjects relating to Public Health, specializing in Health Promotion 

Full Name


  • Dr Anne-Maree Parrish

Mailing Address


  • University of Wollongong

    Northfields ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


Fax


  • +61 2 4221 5945