Dr Stefania Velardo

Senior Lecturer

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

I am an early career researcher and senior lecturer, with experience in conducting qualitative health research with marginalised and vulnerable groups. My work to date has largely centred on the social, cultural and economic influences people's relationships with food. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in inclusive child-centred methodologies, on the premise that children can make meaningful contributions to research and practice. Alongside my academic position, I am the President of the Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch). This role has enabled me to develop strong leadership, communication and collaboration skills and has afforded me opportunities to work with stakeholders to advocate for a broad range of public policies and initiatives.

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

Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence 
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Funding ($25000) 

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   

Flinders University College of EPSW Research Grant ($8000)
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)
Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior High Impact Award

Flinders University Building Research Leaders Program
Flinders University Mentoring Program

Flinders University EHL Faculty Small Research Grant ($1735)
Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)

Elected representative - Global Young Scientists Summit, Singapore

Healthy Development Adelaide International Travel Grant ($1000)
Healthy Development Adelaide/Channel 7 Research Foundation Top Up Scholarship 2012-13 ($9000)

Flinders University Academic Internship Program
Flinders University EHL Faculty Project Funding ($1000)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-13)
Young Scholar Award (27th ACHPER International Conference)
3MT Competition Winner - School of Education, EHL Faculy, 2nd Runner Up Flinders University Final

Topic coordinator
HLPE1541 Social Determinants of Health
HLPE2540 Theories & Practices of Health Promotion
HLPE3540 Drugs, Politics & Public Health
Supervisory interests
Food literacy
Health education
Health promotion
Health sociology
Public health and children
Qualitative research methodology
School health promotion
Social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake
Sociology of childhood
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Food insecurity & public health (1)

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