Associate Professor Ivanka Prichard

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South (S212D)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Ivanka Prichard has a PhD in Psychology and specialises in health psychology with a focus on the nexus between body image, exercise, and eating behaviour. Her work spans across psychology and exercise science.

Her research covers 3 main areas: (1) Research on social media, body image, and exercise (including work with mothers, the influence of commercial physical activity applications, and social media trends e.g. #fitspiration); (2) Research on health behaviour change and food cues examining beliefs about the relationship between exercise and eating behaviour, and the influence of different environmental cues on eating behaviour; and (3) Research on the intergenerational transmission of health behaviours exploring family food environments, and the modelling of food and exercise behaviours to young children (ORCID ID).

Ivanka is Co-Deputy Director of the SHAPE Research Centre (Sport, Health, Activity, Performance, and Exercise) at Flinders University and Honours coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program.

Qualifications
Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours in Psychology)
PhD
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016 Research Leadership Mentoring Program recipient, ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship @ University of Melbourne run by Professor Joy Damousi
  • 2015 Beat Cancer Project – Travel Grant 2015 recipient, The Cancer Council South Australia
  • 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers
Key responsibilities

Ivanka is Co-Deputy Director of the SHAPE Research Centre (Sport, Health, Activity, Performance, and Exercise) at Flinders University, Honours coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program, and teaches:

  • Health: A Psychological Perspective
  • Psychology of Exercise, Health & Behaviour Change
  • Research Communication & Translation.
Topic coordinator
HLTH2105 Health: A Psychological Perspective
EXSC3010 Psychology of Exercise, Health and Behaviour Change
HLTH7012 Research Communication and Translation
Supervisory interests
Body image
Cancer, primary and secondary prevention strategies
Eating behaviour
Eating habits, family influence
Exercise and sport science
Family health
Health promotion and education
Health psychology
Nutrition and cancer prevention
Physical activity
Psychology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Physical activity, social media, & apps (1)
Associate supervisor: Men's help seeking behaviour (1), Food cues & eating behaviour (1)

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