Deana's research interests include:
Critical studies of health education
Education policy curriculum and pedagogy
Interdisciplinary approaches to health education
Digital health education pedagogies
Food studies and school food work
Critical intersections of health promotion and health education
Hacking health education and design based approaches in education
Participatory research methods
Deana is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives to critically study health education programs, curriculum and pedagogies.
Whilst her work has a strong school focus, she has recently begun to explore the possibilities of other pedagogical spaces and approaches that seek to teach us something about health including museums/ exhibits, gardens, digital media and design thinking. Currently Deana is a member of 2 ARC Discovery Project teams that critically examine health pedagogies in different settings including schools and families.
Deana currently serves on the editorial boards of Health Education Journal and Health Education and is co-convenor of the CHESS (Critical Health Education Studies). She is co-editor of the Routledge Book Series Critical Studies of Health and Education. Additionally she is a co-convenor of the European Education Research Association's Research Network 8 - Research in Health Education group. More recently Deana has been invited to be a member of the International Scientific Committee of the new UNESCO Chair for Global Health and Education.
Deana has been involved in health education curriculum development for over 25 years. Most recently Deana was involved in reviewing and redeveloping the new Victorian Certificate of Education Food Studies Study Design and the Health and Human Development Study Design.
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