Kerry Ettridge

Kerry Ettridge

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am based in the Health Policy Centre at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and am a visiting research fellow in the School of Psychology. My work incorporates behavioural, public health and quality of life approaches to improve well-being (both physical and psychosocial) and reduce risk of chronic disease, including cancer.

Available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD

 I have current research projects and interests in:
•Increasing understanding of the health effects of sugary drink consumption, including parental provision of sugary drinks to children
•Psychosocial aspects of cancer, including best ways to monitor psychosocial outcomes to inform development/improvement of treatment and services, and support seeking among those in need.

I have listed specific student projects below, but I am also open to discussing potential student ideas and projects in these broad areas. We also have a number of projects available regarding sugary drinks (perceived functional benefits, perceptions of selected beverages, consumption with alcohol) based on existing qualitative data sets. Note students will need to have completed appropriate course work in qualitative methods and analysis to undertake these projects.

Project 1

Title: Does nutritional information on school canteen menus influence parents’ decisions?

Project description

This will be an experimental online survey to investigate parents’ perceptions of the healthfulness of the food provided in the school environment, and whether nutritional information is a factor in their decision-making process when purchasing children’s lunch from the school canteen. Ethical approval will need to be obtained.

Project available for: Hons, MPH thesis, HDR

Research project start: Semester 1 or 2

Special requirements: Good working knowledge of behavioural theory, survey design and statistics.

Supervisors: Kerry.ettridge@sahmri.com; Caroline.miller@sahmri.com

 

Project 2

Title: What are the most effective warning labels for energy drinks?

Project description:

This study builds on pilot study data, and will comprise an experimental online survey aimed at testing different warning labels on energy drinks to determine which has the most impact on consumption and purchasing intentions. Ethical approval will need to be obtained.

Project available for: Hons, MPH thesis, HDR

Research project start: Semester 1 or 2

Special requirements: Good working knowledge of behavioural theory, survey design and statistics.

Supervisors: Kerry.ettridge@sahmri.com; Caroline.miller@sahmri.com

 

Project 3

Title: The association between pre-colonoscopy anxiety and post-colonoscopy outcomes

Description: I am interested in supervising students with an interest in how pre-operation or pre-screening anxiety and distress may contribute to post-operative or post-screening outcomes. This study will be a survey of people who have recently undergone a colonoscopy, assessing (retrospectively), their pre-colonoscopy levels of anxiety and post-colonoscopy outcomes, to determine the degree of association. Note, ethical approval will need to be obtained.

Project available for: Students studying psychology, Honours and HDR

Research project start: Semester 1 and 2

Special requirements: Good working knowledge of behavioural theory, survey design and statistics

Beat Cancer Travel Grant recipient. 2019. $2500. K Ettridge.

Collecting patient reported outcome measures in women with Breast Cancer: Acceptability from women’s perspectives. K Ettridge, et al. University of South Australia supported by a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. $40,000.

Survivorship and prostate cancer: Improving quality of life and psychosocial outcomes. Movember Foundation Program Grant. 2015-2016. C Miller, K Ettridge, D Roder, S Evans, S Chambers, D Smith. $250,000.

 

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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Smoking Cessation Among Emerging Adults: Integrating and Expanding on Social Norms as Barriers and Facilitators of Behaviour Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Joanne Dono
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Effect of different health warning labels on energy drink consumption (intention) University of Adelaide Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) Honours Full Time Joanne Caruso
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Body image and quality of life in women with breast cancer: Appreciating the body and its functionality Flinders University Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) Honours K Scharling-Gamba
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor How does the price of refrigerated single serving sized water and sugar sweetened beverages compare in convenience stores and supermarkets? - A pilot study University of Adelaide Master of Public Health Master Chukwuebuka Nwibor
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Tobacco price board study and catalogue of sugary drinks University of Adelaide Public Health Internship III Other Katrine Scharling-Gamba
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Water pricing study and catalogue of sugary drinks University of Adelaide Public Health Internship III Other Joanne Caruso
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Barriers and facilitators to help-seeking behaviour among men with prostate cancer University of Adelaide Public Health Internship Other Daniel Elder
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor A media content analysis of plain packaging in Australian print media before, during and after the implementation of plain packaging legislation University of Adelaide Public Health Internship Other Aimee Brownbill
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Sugar sweetened beverage tax and obesity: An Australian print media content analysis University of Adelaide Public Health Internship Other Tamara Nuske
    2014 - ongoing External Supervisor Barriers and facilitators of health-related help seeking amongst Australian Men Flinders University PhD in Psychology Doctorate Jennifer Fish
    2012 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Do sun protection policies influence sun protection practices in Australian primary schools? The University of Adelaide Master of Psychology (Organisation & Human Factors) Master Joanne Dono
    2012 - 2012 Co-Supervisor An investigation of lay perceptions of cancer risk factors:The influence of risk attributes and the potential moderation of this influence by individual differences in information processing strategy and locus of control The University of Adelaide Honours in Psychology Honours Full Time Natalie Hunt
    2011 - 2011 External Supervisor Associations between measures of socioeconomic disadvantage and health promoting behaviour among adolescent South Australians Flinders University Public Health Master Full Time Kimlee Khieu
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Member PoCoG Annual Scientific Meeting planning committee Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member Behavioural Research in Cancer Control Conference Cancer Council SA Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member SA Aboriginal Health Survey Advisory Committee Cancer Council SA Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member National Public Health Committee, Cancer Council Australia Cancer Council SA Australia
    2011 - 2012 Member Human Research Ethics Committee, Cancer Council SA Cancer Council SA Australia
    2011 - 2011 Member Tobacco Control Social Marketing Advisory Committe Cancer Council SA Australia
    2009 - 2010 Member South Australian Health Omnibus Steering Committee Cancer Council SA Australia

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