Tassia Oswald

Tassia Oswald

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health. My research is looking at how the use of screen-based technologies, and exposure to natural environmental settings, can impact psychological outcomes (cognitive functioning and mental health) in children and adolescents. 

My background is in Psychology and Epidemiology, a combination which has allowed me to build an understanding of the spectrum of possibilities for social and health change, from an individual level, through to the way in which society is organised, with the roles of institutions, policy, and wider environments. Currently, I am a part of the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Group, which conducts research to understand the interplay of social and biological factors influencing health over the life course.  

I am passionate about public health strategies which target both the prevention of ill-health and the promotion of wellbeing.  In particular, I am interested in how public health strategies can be applied to mental health, focusing on the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental wellbeing.  Exploring how public health can protect mental health for children and adolescents is important in my research as the prevention of mental illness in younger years is crucial for reducing continued burden into adulthood, minimising vulnerability to mental illness later in life, and for ensuring optimal lifelong functioning and wellbeing. 

When looking at the social determinants of health, I have a particular interest in how natural physical environments can impact mental health.  I am interested in relationships between natural environments and human health and well-being, and hope to explore the protective capabilities of these environments for child and adolescent mental health.

 

 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - 2019 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    2017 Project Officer Flinders University
    2015 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2012 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Scholarship Ian Wilson Liberal Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Research Award Vernon Roy East Prize (Nerve & Mental Disorders) Florey Postgraduate Conference - The University of Adelaide Australia 300
    2019 Award People's Choice Award Florey Postgraduate Conference - The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Scholarship School of Public Health Supplementary Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Scholarship Research Training Program Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award University Medal of Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award Highly Commended (Psychology) The Undergraduate Awards Ireland
    2017 Award Oceania Regional Winner (Psychology) The Undergraduate Awards Ireland
    2016 Scholarship University of Adelaide Honours Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 5,000
    2016 Award APS Top Honours Student Prize Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2014 Award AEA Top Student Prize Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2014 Award AEA Top Student Prize Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2014 Scholarship Hindmarsh Town Mission Education High Achiever Scholarship City of Charles Sturt Australia 1,500
    2014 Award Norman Munn Prize for Level II Psychology University of Adelaide Australia 200
    2010 Scholarship Scholarship to Italy/Switzerland Language Exchange Program Liceo Scientifico Statale P. Giovio Italy
    2010 Award Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Award Australian Defence Force Australia 500
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Italian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Public Health
    2013 - 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychology (major in Epidemiology)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2014 Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth Mental Health First Aid Australia Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Kedzior, S., Lassi, Z., Oswald, T., Moore, V., Marino, J., & Rumbold, A. (2020). A Systematic Review of School-based Programs to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: Considering the Role of Social Connectedness. Adolescent Research Review, 5(3), 29 pages.
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    2020 Rumbold, A., Sevoyan, A., Oswald, T., Fernandez, R., Davies, M., & Moore, V. (2020). Re: Impact of Male Factor Infertility on Offspring Health and Development. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 203(3), 451.
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    2020 Oswald, T. K., Rumbold, A., Kedzior, S., & Moore, V. (2020). Psychological impacts of “screen time” and “green time” for children and adolescents: A systematic scoping review. PLOS ONE, 15(9), e0237725.
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    2019 Rumbold, A., Sevoyan, A., Oswald, T., Fernandez, R., Davies, M., & Moore, V. (2019). Impact of male factor infertility on offspring health and development. Fertility and Sterility, 111(6), 1047-1053.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC1
    2017 Rumbold, A., Moore, V., Whitrow, M., Oswald, T., Moran, L., Fernandez, R., . . . Davies, M. (2017). The impact of specific fertility treatments on cognitive development in childhood and adolescence: a systematic review. Human Reproduction, 32(7), 1489-1507.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS19 Europe PMC7
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2017 Davies, M., Moore, V., Oswald, T., & Rumbold, A. (2017). Monitoring and evaluation of infertility treatments - is there a priority for monitoring of cognitive function in children born from ART and other treatments?. In D. Gardner, & C. Simon (Eds.), Handbook of In Vitro Fertilization, Fourth Edition (pp. 353-360). USA: CRC Press.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2016 Oswald, T. K. (2016). Stress and Academic Success at University: Exploring Student Stress, the Nature of the Stress-Academic Success Relationship, and the Association of Stress Mindsets.. (Undergraduate Dissertation, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide).
Year Funding Scheme Funder Amount
2020 School of Public Health Publication Funding Scheme School of Public Health, University of Adelaide  USD $1,695
Year Role Course School
2020 Tutor  Health and Illness in Populations School of Public Health, University of Adelaide 
2020 Workshop Facilitator Social Foundations of Health  School of Public Health, University of Adelaide 
2018 Marker Reproductive Health Matters  School of Public Health, University of Adelaide 
2017 Tutor Foundations of Perception and Cognition School of Psychology, University of Adelaide

 

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Representative Planetary Health Alliance - Campus Ambassador Program Harvard Chan School of Public Health United States
    2019 - ongoing Treasurer PHAA South Australian Branch Public Health Association Australia Australia
    2017 - ongoing Board Member PHAA South Australian Branch Public Health Association Australia Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Robinson Research Institute Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member International Association People-Environment Studies Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Psychological Society Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
    2015 - 2016 Member The Adelaide University Public Health Student Association Australia
    2014 - 2015 Member Australasian Epidemiological Association Australia
    2013 - 2016 Member The University of Adelaide Psychology Students' Association Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2014 - 2015 Headspace Youth Ambassador Public Community Engagement Headspace Australia

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