BA Double Hons (University of London), MA (University of London), PhD: Public Health (University of Technology, Sydney).
Sophie has a PhD in Public Health (2021) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Sophie’s research formed part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. Her thesis examined the health service use and self-care of older Australian women with sleeping problems. As well as health and epidemiology, Sophie has research experience in history and politics and was awarded BA double honours degrees (2000) and a MA degree (2002) from the University of London, UK.
Sophie has worked in a variety of international contexts. From 2007-2009, she worked for conflict transformation NGOs in Cambodia, undertaking qualitative research primarily in South East Asia. As a qualified teacher, Sophie also first taught yoga and mindfulness in Phnom Penh, where she became interested in its transformative capacity for mental and physical health. She managed and co-coordinated the Australian General Practitioner Training (AGPT) program for rural and regional NSW and VIC (2012-2015).
Sophie has taught in the areas of public health, research methods, biomedicine, health sociology, the history and politics of health, Indigenous sport and health, sociocultural foundations of human movement, exercise, health and disease, sports media, health science and workplace learning.
Sophie is currently the workplace learning coordinator at Charles Sturt University for exercise science and sports media students in the School of Allied Health, Exercise Science and Sport, based in Canberra. She is passionate about helping equip students to be their most effective, professional, inclusive, and considerate versions of themselves in the health workforce. One of the reasons she enjoys working at CSU is because of the university’s commitment to the Wiradjuri philosophy of yindyamarra winhanganha, the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in.
Sophie’s research areas include sleeping problems, ageing, LGBTQI+ health, women's health, patterns of self-care, Indigenous health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), yoga, the social determinants of health, and gender and sport.
She completed her PhD as part of an ARC discovery grant project; a national sociological study of the use of self-care for chronic conditions at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), specifically through the Australian Research Centre of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM). She investigated the health service use and self-care of older Australian women with sleeping problems through analysis of two of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest data sets on health: the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALWSH) and the 45 and Up Study.
Sophie has both quantitative and qualitative research experience. During her time working in Cambodia, she contributed to research publications including the book Voices from the Inside: Ethnic People Speak, a qualitative account of experiences from various ethnic groups working to transform conflict in Myanmar.
As well as continuing her research on women’s self-care and health service use for sleeping problems, Sophie’s research includes investigation of the barriers to, and facilitators of, sport, physical activity and football (soccer) for women and LGBTQI +individuals.
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