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Dr Leesa Costello

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5459, Email: L.costello@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO31.470
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5459
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5449
Email: L.costello@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31.470  

 

Leesa is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University.
  • Master of Business, Edith Cowan University, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Business Major in Marketing, Edith Cowan University, 2000.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Social connectedness and healthy lifestyle support - What do regional communities want and do they use it?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Development Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $196,744.
  • 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,  European Commission,  Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,  2013 - 2017,  $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 - 2016,  $28,216.
  • Finding 30 in 9 to 5 (9305),  HBF Health Limited,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $27,675.
  • 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 - 2014,  $535,600.
  • Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2007 - 2012,  $252,197.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the School Drug Education and Road Aware Program 2008-2011,  School Drug Education and Road Aware,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $518,420.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Devine, A., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Miller, M., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Lombardi, K., Veurink, S., (2019), Online programs build confidence and improve healthy eating messages in Early Years services. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, In Press(March 2019), 14p., Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939119833244.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2018), Netnographic Slog: Creative Elicitation Strategies to Encourage Participation in an Online Community of Practice for Early Education and Care. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 13p., Canada, University of Alberta, DOI: 10.1177/1609406918797796.
  • Pabian, S., Erreygers, S., Vandebosch, H., Van Royen, K., Dare, J., Costello, L., Green, L., Hawk, D., Cross, D., (2018), “Arguments online, but in school we always act normal”: The embeddedness of early adolescent negative peer interactions within the whole of their offline and online peer interactions. Children and Youth Services Review, 86(Feb 18), 1-13, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.01.007.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2018), Exploring sense of community among early childhood education and care professionals through the Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare (SNAC) website. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(4), 23-32, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.43.4.03.
  • Costello, L., McDermott, M., Wallace, R., (2017), Netnography: Range of Practices, Misperceptions, and Missed Opportunities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16(1), 12p., DOI: 10.1177/1609406917006647.
  • Wallace, R., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2017), Over-provision of discretionary foods at childcare dilutes the nutritional quality of diets for children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(4), 447, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12658.
  • Wallace, R., Devine, A., Costello, L., (2017), Determining educator's need to support healthy eating environments in early childhood settings. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 20-28, Deakin, ACT, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.23965/AJEC.42.2.03.
  • Namasasu, J., Chivers, S., Costello, L., (2016), Social determinants of health: Social forces that shape women and men's knowledge of reproductive health in a resource-limited setting. Health Care for Women International, 37(10), 1138-1155, United States, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2016.1158261.
  • Monks, H., Cardoso, P., Papageorgiou, A., Carolan, C., Costello, L., Thomas, L., (2015), Young people’s views regarding participation in mental health and wellbeing research through social media. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 7(1), 4-19.
  • 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, USA, American Research Institute for Policy Development, DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v3n1a5.
  • Andrew, L., Maslin-Prothero, S., Costello, L., Dare, J., Robinson, K., (2015), The influence of intimate partnerships on nurse student progression: An integrative literature review. Nurse Education Today, 35(12), 1212-1220, Kidlington, UK, Churchill Livingstone, DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.04.018.

Conference Publications

  • 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, Global Science & Technology Forum, DOI: 10.5176/2251-3833_GHC14.121.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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,  HOLISTIC HEALTH: SHAPING WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES OF POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN STUDYING NURSING: A HERMENEUTIC INQUIRY INTO COMMENCEMENT AND PROGRESSION

Co-principal Supervisor

  • 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,  DEVELOPING AND EVALUATING ONLINE EDUCATION FOR DIETITIANS TO ENHANCE LEARNING OF THE NUTRITION CARE PROCESS (NCP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  SUPPORTING NUTRITION FOR AUSTRALIAN CHILDCARE (SNAC): THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF AN ONLINE NUTRITION EDUCATION INTERVENTION
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  DOES FACIAL PHYSIOGNOMY IN THE CONTEXT OF AN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH MESSAGE PREDICT OUTCOMES?

Associate Supervisor

  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF A BODY IMAGE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
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