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.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Honorary Research Associate Imperial College London 2018 - 2019 Research Assistant University of Adelaide 2017 - ongoing 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 2021 Award Kerry Kirke Student Award Public Health Association of Australia (SA Branch) Australia 2021 Award 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences Winner Northern Communities Health Foundation Australia 500 2021 Award 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Student’s Choice Award The University of Adelaide Australia 250 2021 Award 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) People’s Choice Award The University of Adelaide Australia 1000 2021 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Prize in Preventive Research Northern Communities Health Foundation Australia 300 2021 Award Vernon Roy East Bequest The University of Adelaide Australia 700 2020 Award Robinson Research Institute Publication of the Month (September) Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide Australia 2020 Achievement Public Health Association of Australia National Student Think Tank Competition Finalist Public Health Association of Australia Australia 2020 Scholarship Ian Wilson Liberal Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia 5000 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 Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Italian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
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)
Date Title Institution name Country 2014 Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth Mental Health First Aid Australia Australia
Year Citation 2022 Kedzior, S. G. E., Calabretto, H., Drummond, H., Oswald, T. K., Lassi, Z. S., Moore, V. M., & Rumbold, A. (2022). Student perspectives on a state-wide relationships and sexual health programme in South Australian schools, 2006–2017. Sex Education, 22(4), 465-480.
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2022 Oswald, T. K., & Langmaid, G. R. (2022). Considering ecological determinants of youth mental health in the era of COVID-19 and the Anthropocene: A call to action from young public health professionals. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33(2), 324-328.
2021 Venning, A., Oswald, T. K., Stevenson, J., Tepper, N., Azadi, L., Lawn, S., & Redpath, P. (2021). Determining what constitutes an effective psychosocial ‘return to work’ intervention: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 25 pages.
2021 Venning, A., Herd, M. C. E., Oswald, T. K., Razmi, S., Glover, F., Hawke, T., . . . Redpath, P. (2021). Exploring the acceptability of a digital mental health platform incorporating a virtual coach: The good, the bad, and the opportunities. Health Informatics Journal, 27(1), 12 pages.
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2021 Venning, A., Oswald, T. K., Barnes, M., Glover, F., Lawn, S., Azadi, L., . . . Redpath, P. (2021). It's what's under the hood that counts: Comparing therapeutic outcomes when using Australian versus UK-produced clinical materials in an Australian mental health program. Australian Health Review, 45(5), 606-612.
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2021 Oswald, T. K., Rumbold, A. R., Kedzior, S. G. E., Kohler, M., & Moore, V. M. (2021). Mental Health of Young Australians during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Exploring the Roles of Employment Precarity, Screen Time, and Contact with Nature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(11), 5630.
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2020 Kedzior, S., Lassi, Z., Oswald, T. K., 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), 1-29.
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.
DOI Scopus48 WoS43 Europe PMC17
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.
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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.
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Year Citation 2017 Davies, M., Moore, V., Oswald, T. K., & 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.
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).
|2021||School of Public Health Publication Funding Scheme||School of Public Health, University of Adelaide||AUD $2,000|
|2020||School of Public Health Publication Funding Scheme||School of Public Health, University of Adelaide||USD $1,695|
|2021||Guest Lecturer||Health and Illness in Populations (Planetary Health)||School of Public Health, University of Adelaide|
|2021||Practical Facilitator||Epidemiology for Health & Medical Sciences||School of Public Health, University of Adelaide|
|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|
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
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
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2014 - 2015 Headspace Youth Ambassador Public Community Engagement Headspace Australia
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