Natasha Howard

Natasha Howard

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Howard’s training in social geography, public health and sciences has enabled a unique interdisciplinary perspective into research applications relevant for contemporary population health. In her research, she seeks to explore social issues through the lens of social institutional practice, including the health and education sectors, and across governmental and non-governmental organisations, and community networks. Notably, her interests lie in the questions related to the dynamic geographies of difference and inequality that are central to lived experiences.

Her work experience spans both the health and social sciences, applying mixed-method and interdisciplinary population approaches to investigate how the social determinants enable health and well-being among priority populations, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. She has expertise in (1) integrating geographical methodologies for applications relating to epidemiological analyses, (2) engaging with local community and state-based organisations to undertake participatory approaches with the health and social services workforce, and (3) developing classification systems for linking socio-environmental determinants of health measures to overarching theoretical constructs.

Current research activities concentrate on how action-oriented population health interventions shape socio-environmental determinants of health across sectors (e.g., housing, education, social policy) and impact the experiences of people living with chronic conditions. Research projects include: “Predicting Renal, Ophthalmic, and Heart Events in the Aboriginal Community” (PROPHECY; GNT1086386 CIA-Brown), known to the community as the Aboriginal Diabetes Study, Cultural Pathways Program (Wyatt Trust) and “Understanding Stress and Staying Strong in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Human Services’ Workforce” (Lowitja Institute).

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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours Public Health)
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 McBride, K. F., Franks, C., Wade, V., King, V., Rigney, J., Burton, N., . . . Brown, A. D. H. (2021). Good heart: telling stories of cardiovascular protective and risk factors for Aboriginal women. Heart Lung and Circulation, 30(1), 69-77.
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    2021 McBride, K. F., Rolleston, A., Grey, C., Howard, N. J., Paquet, C., & Brown, A. (2021). Māori, Pacific, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's cardiovascular health: where are the opportunities to make a real difference?. Heart Lung and Circulation, 30(1), 52-58.
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    2021 Chakraborty, A., Daniel, M., Howard, N. J., Chong, A., Slavin, N., Brown, A., & Cargo, M. (2021). Identifying environmental determinants relevant to health and wellbeing in remote Australian indigenous communities: a scoping review of grey literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(8), 1-19.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2021 Chakraborty, A., Howard, N. J., Daniel, M., Chong, A., Slavin, N., Brown, A., & Cargo, M. (2021). Prioritizing built environmental factors to tackle chronic and infectious diseases in remote Northern Territory (NT) communities of Australia: a concept mapping study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(10), 5178-1-5178-17.
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    2021 Brodie, T., Pearson, O., Cantley, L., Cooper, P., Westhead, S., Brown, A., & Howard, N. J. (2021). Strengthening approaches to respond to the social and emotional well-being needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the Cultural Pathways Program. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 22, e35-1-e35-8.
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    2019 Banham, D., Roder, D., Eckert, M., Howard, N. J., Canuto, K., Brown, A., & CanDAD Aboriginal Community Reference Group and other CanDAD Investigators. (2019). Cancer treatment and the risk of cancer death among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal South Australians: analysis of a matched cohort study. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 771-1-771-16.
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    2019 Estevez, J. J., Howard, N. J., Craig, J. E., & Brown, A. (2019). Working Towards Eye Health Equity for Indigenous Australians with Diabetes.. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(24), 6 pages.
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    2019 Baldock, K. L., Paquet, C., Howard, N. J., Coffee, N. T., Taylor, A. W., & Daniel, M. (2019). Correlates of discordance between perceived and objective distances to local fruit and vegetable retailers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(7), 1262-1-1262-11.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Banham, D., Roder, D., Keefe, D., Farshid, G., Eckert, M., Howard, N., . . . Brown, A. (2019). Disparities in breast screening, stage at diagnosis, cancer treatment and the subsequent risk of cancer death: a retrospective, matched cohort of aboriginal and non-aboriginal women with breast cancer. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 387-1-387-11.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    2019 Wycherley, T. P., van der Pols, J. C., Daniel, M., Howard, N. J., O'Dea, K., & Brimblecombe, J. K. (2019). Associations between community environmental-level factors and diet quality in geographically isolated Australian communities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(11), 1-8.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2018 Baldock, K., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2018). Are perceived and objective distances to fresh food and physical activity resources associated with cardiometabolic risk?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(2), 224-1-224-17.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC2
    2018 Baldock, K., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2018). Gender-specific associations between perceived and objective neighbourhood crime and metabolic syndrome. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0201336-1-e0201336-15.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC5
    2018 Howard, N. J., Dixit, S., Naqvi, H. R., Rahman, A., Paquet, C., Daniel, M., & Arora, N. K. (2018). Evaluation of data accuracies within a comprehensive geospatial-health data surveillance platform: SOMAARTH Demographic Development and Environmental Surveillance Site, Palwal, Haryana, India. Global health, epidemiology and genomics, 3, e19.
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    2018 Dixit, S., Arora, N. K., Rahman, A., Howard, N. J., Singh, R. K., Vaswani, M., . . . Daniel, M. (2018). Establishing a demographic, development and environmental geospatial surveillance platform in India: Planning and implementation. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 4(10), 13-30.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2017 Lekkas, P., Paquet, C., Howard, N. J., & Daniel, M. (2017). The lifecourse of place: Looking past paradigms and metaphors to the just nature of place-health – A rejoinder to Andrews’. Social Science and Medicine, 175, 215-218.
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    2017 Stankov, I., Howard, N., Daniel, M., & Cargo, M. (2017). Policy, research and residents' perspectives on built environments implicated in heart disease: a concept mapping approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2), 170-1-170-17.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC6
    2017 Lekkas, P., Paquet, C., Howard, N., & Daniel, M. (2017). Illuminating the lifecourse of place in the longitudinal study of neighbourhoods and health. Social Science and Medicine, 177, 239-247.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS21 Europe PMC6
    2017 Carroll, S., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Adams, R., Taylor, A., . . . Daniel, M. (2017). Local descriptive body weight and dietary norms, food availability, and 10-year change in glycosylated haemoglobin in an Australian population-based biomedical cohort. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 149-1-149-14.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC7
    2016 Paquet, C., Chaix, B., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Adams, R., Taylor, A., . . . Daniel, M. (2016). Geographic clustering of cardiometabolic risk factors in metropolitan centres in France and Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(5), 519-1-519-17.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC7
    2016 Carroll, S., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., Niyonsenga, T., & Daniel, M. (2016). Local descriptive norms for overweight/obesity and physical inactivity, features of the built environment, and 10-year change in glycosylated haemoglobin in an Australian population-based biomedical cohort. Social Science and Medicine, 166, 233-243.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS10 Europe PMC4
    2016 Sugiyama, T., Niyonsenga, T., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Paquet, C., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2016). Residential proximity to urban centres, local-area walkability and change in waist circumference among Australian adults. Preventive Medicine, 93, 39-45.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS17 Europe PMC7
    2015 Sugiyama, T., Howard, N., Paquet, C., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2015). Do relationships between environmental attributes and recreational walking vary according to area-level socioeconomic status?. Journal of Urban Health, 92(2), 253-264.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS17 Europe PMC11
    2014 Paquet, C., Coffee, N., Haren, M., Howard, N., Adams, R., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2014). Food environment, walkability, and public open spaces are associated with incident development of cardio-metabolic risk factors in a biomedical cohort. Health and Place, 28, 173-176.
    DOI Scopus78 WoS74 Europe PMC45
    2014 Ngo, A., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., Adams, R., & Daniel, M. (2014). Area-level socioeconomic characteristics, prevalence and trajectories of cardiometabolic risk. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(1), 830-848.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6 Europe PMC5
    2014 Carroll, S., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Adams, R., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2014). Validation of continuous clinical indices of cardiometabolic risk in a cohort of Australian adults. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 14(1), 27-1-27-9.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS23 Europe PMC9
    2014 Sugiyama, T., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., Adams, R., & Daniel, M. (2014). Public open spaces and walking for recreation: moderation by attributes of pedestrian environments. Preventive Medicine, 62, 25-29.
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    2013 Ngo, A., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Adams, R., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2013). Area-level socioeconomic characteristics and incidence of metabolic syndrome: a prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS12 Europe PMC12
    2013 Coffee, N., Lockwood, T., Hugo, G., Paquet, C., Howard, N., & Daniel, M. (2013). Relative residential property value as a socio-economic status indicator for health research. International Journal of Health Geographics, 12(22), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS25 Europe PMC17
    2013 Coffee, N., Howard, N., Paquet, C., Hugo, G., & Daniel, M. (2013). Is walkability associated with a lower cardiometabolic risk?. Health & Place, 21, 163-169.
    DOI Scopus48 WoS44 Europe PMC24
    2013 Matricciani, L., Paguet, C., Howard, N., Adams, R., Coffee, N., Taylor, A., & Daniel, M. (2013). Investigating individual- and area-level socioeconomic gradients of pulse pressure among normotensive and hypertensive participants. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(2), 571-589.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2013 Paquet, C., Orschulok, T., Coffee, N., Howard, N., Hugo, G., Taylor, A., . . . Daniel, M. (2013). Are accessibility and characteristics of public open spaces associated with a better cardiometabolic health?. Landscape and Urban Planning, 118, 70-78.
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    2012 Baldock, K., Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Hugo, G., Taylor, A., . . . Daniel, M. (2012). Associations between resident perceptions of the local residential environment and metabolic syndrome. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, 1-11.
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    2010 Feist, H., McDougall, K., Howard, N., & Hugo, G. (2010). New technologies: Their potential role in linking rural older people to community. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2), 68-84.
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    2009 Adams, R., Howard, N., Tucker, G., Appleton, S., Taylor, A., Chittleborough, C., . . . Wilson, D. (2009). Effects of area deprivation on health risks and outcomes: a multilevel, cross-sectional, Australian population study. International Journal of Public Health, 54(3), 183-192.
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    2008 Howard, N., Taylor, A., Gill, T., & Chittleborough, C. (2008). Severe obesity: Investigating the socio-demographics within the extremes of body mass index. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 2(1), 51-59.
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    2008 Howard, N., Hugo, G., Taylor, A., & Wilson, D. (2008). Our perception of weight: Socioeconomic and sociocultural explanations. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 2(2), 125-131.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2010 Feist, H., Howard, N., & Parker, K. (2010). The potential of new technologies for linking rural older people to community. In AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING Vol. 29 (pp. 53). WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC.
    2010 Feist, H., Parker, K., & Howard, N. (2010). Rural service provision: Who is providing community aged care services and how do we retain that workforce?. In AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING Vol. 29 (pp. 14). WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2015 Paquet, C., Howard, N., Coffee, N., Hugo, G., Taylor, A., Adams, R., & Daniel, M. (2015). Neighbourhood environment and depressive symptoms: mediating role of stress and sense of community. Poster session presented at the meeting of as published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. San Antonio, Texas: Springer.

Associate Professor Howard has prior Course Coordinator experience (Nursing, Allied Health) and is the current Co-supervisor of three PhD Candidates, and supervised two PhD completions (2017). In her role at Wardliparingga, she supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their pathways within the university system, medical and allied health placements, and school work experience programs.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Inter-relationships between biopsychosocial factors and the epigenetic mediators of type 2 diabetes for Aboriginal people: a place for context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rebecca Teresia Simpson
    2019 Co-Supervisor Knowledge to Action: addressing the social determinants of Indigenous health to improve Aboriginal peoples’ Social and Emotional Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Tina Louise Brodie

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