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Dr Leesa Costello

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5459, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO31.470
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5459
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5449
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO31.470  


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


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


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.
  • 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, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.

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

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

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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