Leesa is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Exercise and Health Sciences.
Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University .
Master of Business, Edith Cowan University, 2004 .
Bachelor of Business, Edith Cowan University, 2000 .
Recent Research Grants
Narratives in health communication - a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours,
Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,
2013 - 2016, $123,525.
SNACPlus: A whole-of-centre approach to healthy eating in WA Child Care Centres.,
Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),
Healthway - Research Starter Grant,
2014 - 2015, $28,216.
Developing Guidelines for Integrating Social Networking Technologies and Professional Advice-Giving in Constructing an Online Community for Supporting Breast Cancer Survivors,
Australian Research Council,
Grant - Linkage (Projects),
2009 - 2013, $535,600.
Finding 30 in 9 to 5 (9305),
HBF Health Limited,
2012 - 2013, $27,675.
Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy,
Australian Research Council,
Grant - Linkage (APAI),
2007 - 2010, $278,768.
Monitoring and Evaluation of the School Drug Education and Road Aware Program 2008-2011,
School Drug Education and Road Aware,
2008 - 2011, $518,420.
Recent Publications (within the last five years)
Parker, I., Oosthuizen, J., Costello, L., (2015), Do facial characteristics influence acceptance of health and safety messages?. International Journal of Health Sciences, 3(1), 77-91, DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v3n1a5.
Witney, C., Green, L., Costello, L., Bradshaw, V., (2013), Creativity in an online community as a response to the chaos of a breast cancer diagnosis. M/C Journal, 16(1), 1-7.
Bradshaw, V., Witney, C., Green, L., Costello, L., (2012), Embodying knowledge of breast cancer in a disembodied community?. M/C Journal, 15(4), online, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/issue/view/embody.
Green, L., Costello, L., Dare, J., (2010), Veganism, health expectancy, and the communication of sustainability. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(3), 51-72, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland.
Dyer, J., Costello, L., Martin, P., (2010), Social support online: Benefits and barriers to participation in an Internet support group for heart patients. Australian Community Psychologist, 22(1), 48-63, Melbourne, Australia.
Costello, L., Dare, J., Askander, G., McDermott, M., (2014), How should online health promoting communities address the health hazards of too much sitting?. 3rd Annual International Conference Proceedings: Global Healthcare Conference (GHC) , 62-71, Singapore, DOI: 10.5176/2251-3833_GHC14.121.
Dare, J., Costello, L., Green, L., (2013), Nutritional narratives: Examining perspectives on plant based diets in the context of dominant western discourse. Refereed Proceedings of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, 13p, Perth, WA.
Costello, L., Dare, J., Green, L., (2013), Sustaining online communities in the charitable health sector: how to keep a good thing going. Refereed Proceedings of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, 17 p., Perth, WA.
Costello, L., Witney, C., Green, L., Bradshaw, V., (2012), Self-revelation in an online health community: Exploring issues around co-presence for vulnerable members. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Assocation (ANZCA) Conference: Communicating Change and Changing Communication in the 21st Century, 12, St Lucia, QLD.
Costello, L., Green, L., (2012), Reflecting upon the challenges of building online community, or: "a techie's guide to the help dummies need'. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC) 2012, 359-371, Perth, Australia.
Witney, C., Green, L., Costello, L., Bradshaw, V., (2012), Building an online community in the context of an existing social network site. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication 2012 (CATAC), 270-283, Perth, WA.
Wallace, R., Devine, A., Costello, L., Lo, J., (2013), SNAC - Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare. SNAC, ECU.
Research Student Supervision
Master of Public Health, What Significance Does Physical Activity And Sedentary Behaviour Have For Members Of Online Health Promoting Communities? Learning From Australia's Heartnet Community.
Doctor of Philosophy, Socio-cultural Factors Influencing Male Involvement In Reproductive Health During Pregnancy, Childbirth And Postnatal Period In Rural Disctricts Of Malawi..
Doctor of Philosophy, Just A 'click' Away From Evidence-based Online Breast Cancer Information Advice And Support Provided By A Specialist Nurse: An Ethnonetnographic Study.