Associate Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

Field of Research: 
Streams 1, 2 and 3
Faculty of Health
University of Technology Sydney
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Associate Professor Elizabeth Denney-Wilson is from the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology in Sydney. She completed her PhD in 2005, studying the chronic disease risk factors (CVD, Type 2 diabetes, Fatty Liver) associated with overweight and obesity in teenagers. The findings suggested that even at age 15, excess weight was strongly associated with risk factors for chronic disease, and this led Elizabeth to shift her focus to the prevention of excess weight gain. The universal coverage of Primary Health Care in Australia make this an ideal setting for interventions that target both primary and secondary prevention of excess weight gain across the lifespan. Elizabeth is currently supervising several members of the COMPaRE-PHC team, our Post Doctoral fellows, Dr Georgie Russell and Dr Rosalind Elliott; and postgraduate students, Ms Sarah TakiMs Jessica Appleton, and Ms Annalie Houston.

Her recent publications include:

  • Obesity prevention in early life: an opportunity to better support the role of Maternal and Child Health Nurses in Australia. Laws R;  Campbell KJ;  van der Pligt P;  Ball K;  Lynch J;  Russell G;  Taylor R;  Denney-Wilson E. BMC Nursing.14:26, 2015. UI: 25972765.
  • Does health literacy affect patients' receipt of preventative primary care? A multilevel analysis. Joshi C;  Jayasinghe UW;  Parker S;  Del Mar C;  Russell G;  Lloyd J;  Mazza D;  Denney-Wilson E;  van Driel M;  Taylor R;  Harris MF;  Preventive Evidence into Practice (PEP) Partnership Group. BMC Family Practice. 15(1):171, 2014. 
  • Development and feasibility of a child obesity prevention intervention in general practice: the Healthy 4 Life pilot study. Denney-Wilson E;  Robinson A;  Laws R;  Harris MF. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health.  50(11):890-4, 2014 Nov. UI: 24946199.
  • The impact of interventions to prevent obesity or improve obesity related behaviours in children (0-5 years) from socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or indigenous families: a systematic review. Laws R;  Campbell KJ;  van der Pligt P;  Russell G;  Ball K;  Lynch J;  Crawford D;  Taylor R;  Askew D;  Denney-Wilson E. BMC Public Health.  14:779, 2014. UI: 25084804. 
  • Impact of the Healthy Eating and Exercise Lifestyle Programme on depressive symptoms in overweight people with heart disease and diabetes. Gallagher R;  Zelestis E;  Hollams D;  Denney-Wilson E;  Kirkness A. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  21(9):1117-24, 2014 Sep. [Journal Article.  Multicenter Study.  Randomized Controlled Trial.  Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] UI: 23572477.
  • Describing the growth and rapid weight gain of urban Australian Aboriginal infants. Webster V;  Denney-Wilson E;  Knight J;  Comino E;  Gudaga Research Team. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health.  49(4):303-8, 2013 Apr. [Journal Article.  Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] UI: 23574615.
  • Child obesity prevention in primary health care: investigating practice nurse roles, attitudes and current practices. Robinson A;  Denney-Wilson E;  Laws R;  Harris M. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health.  49(4):E294-9, 2013 Apr. UI: 23574563.
  • 'TXT2BFiT' a mobile phone-based healthy lifestyle program for preventing unhealthy weight gain in young adults: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Hebden L;  Balestracci K;  McGeechan K;  Denney-Wilson E;  Harris M;  Bauman A;  Allman-Farinelli M Trials [Electronic Resource].  14:75, 2013. UI: 23506013

Elizabeth is an investigator on a number of grants relating to monitoring, prevention and management of excess weight gain.

Her recent grants/research studies include:

2009    UNSW Faculty of Medicine, A mixed methods study of practice nurse obesity prevention

2011    NHMRC Project Grant: The Gudaga Study: Follow up of an Aboriginal Cohort 

2011    HCF foundation: A smart-phone based weight loss intervention for young adults 


For more information please see her website.