Dr Stefania Velardo

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.22)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Stefania is a Senior Lecturer in Health Education at Flinders University. She has published widely on the sociology of food and health and her work largely draws on oral and visual qualitative methods to investigate social, cultural and economic influences on people's relationships with food. Stefania is experienced in conducting qualitative health research with marginalised and vulnerable groups, with a particular interest in inclusive child-centred methodologies. She also works with other vulnerable groups including older Australians and socioecnomincally disadvantaged communities. Alongside her academic position, Stefania led the Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) as President between 2016-21. This role enabled her to develop partnerships with stakeholders to advocate for a broad range of public policies and initiatives.

Qualifications
  • BHSc (University of South Australia)
  • BEd (Hons) (Flinders University)
  • PhD (Flinders University)
Honours, awards and grants

2021

  • Australian Health Promotion Association - Glen Paley Memorial Award
  • Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Grant
  • Flinders University Re-Entry Research Fellowship

2019

  • Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Grant

2018

  • ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Research Mentoring Scheme (University of Melbourne)
  • Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers
  • Flinders University College of EPSW Teaching Award
  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant
  • Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior High Impact Award

2017

  • Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program

2016

  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant

2015

  • Elected representative - Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore

2013

  • Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant
  • Healthy Development Adelaide/Channel 7 Research Foundation Top Up Scholarship

2011

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-13)

  • Young Scholar Award (27th ACHPER International Conference)

  • 3MT Competition - 2nd Runner Up Flinders University Final

Topic coordinator
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics & Public Health
HLPE3541 Mental Health & Wellbeing
Supervisory interests
Food literacy
Food security and health promotion
Health promotion and education
Public health and children
Qualitative research methodology
School health promotion
Social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake
Social disadvantage
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Food insecurity & public health (1)
Completion
Associate supervisor: Academic activism