Dr Ivanka Prichard's research explores the connections between body image and health behaviour with a particular focus on lifestyle factors associated with cancer prevention (diet, physical activity, tanning, and alcohol consumption). She has a PhD in Psychology from Flinders University and has a background in health psychology, exercise, eating behaviour, and body image research. Currently, she is interested in how the media shapes body image, social norms around different health behaviours, and family influences on health behaviour across the lifespan (ORCID ID).
Ivanka joined the Discipline of Health & Exercise Sciences at Flinders University in 2014. Her teaching interests are in the area of health psychology and quantitative research methods.
Ivanka is Co-Deputy Director of the SHAPE Research Centre (Sport, Health and Physical Education) at Flinders University, a member of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), and the SA convenor of the Australian Psychological Society's Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image interest group.
My research interests lie in the area of health psychology, with a particular focus on body image and lifestyle factors associated with obesity and cancer prevention (diet, physical activity, tanning, and alcohol consumption). I am currently leading a number of research projects across all of these areas.