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Research Biography

Professor Carlene Wilson was appointed to the Chair in Cancer Prevention (Behavioural Science) in March of 2008. Shes leads a group pf three postdoctoral fellows, three project officers and 5 PhD students.The position is a collaborative venture between Cancer Council South Australia and Flinders University and is located within the School of Medicine. The position is based in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.  The position exists in recognition of the key role preventive health strategies play in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease, including many forms of cancer. The objectives of the position are to work with both sponsoring organisations in extending understanding of the behavioural variables that influence risk of cancer and how knowledge of these variables can be used to develop interventions that reduce incidence of cancer in South Australia.

Research Interests

Focus of my research is on determinants of diet and lifestyle choices associated with obesity and overweight and the analysis of influences in participation in CRC screening and rescreening.

  1. Influences on alcohol consumption - young and middle aged women (social normative versus stress based motivation. (Survey design)
  2. Influences on alcohol consumption among university students - an experimental manipulation of social norms.
  3. Bowel cancer screening using FOBT - a randomised control trial of a tailored decision support tool in a sample of 6000 Australians aged 50 to 70.
  4. Acceptability of different modes of CRC screening - a Survey study comparing FOBT and blood testing.
  5. Influences of the decision to rescreen - A nationwide repeated measures survey study looking at predictors of ongoing participation in CRC.
  6. Equity of bowel cancer screening - a qualitative investigation of barriers and facilitators in Greek-Australians, Iranian Australians, Vietnamese Australians and Indigenous Australians
  7. Developing and validating a measure of skin tone dissatisfaction as a predictor of tanning behaviour - Utlising a sample of first year, female university students.
  8. An analysis of the influence of parental restriction of energy dense foods on free-living consumption in 4 year olds - a study designed to determine influences on risk of obesity.
  9. Intergenerational transmission of food choices and food consumption behaviour - an analysis using social networks modelling (survey based)
  10. Social networks and obesity related lifestyle among adolescents - a series of survey based, repeated measures studies.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Health pychology (Univ of Adelaide) (5)
  • Health Psychology (Deakin Univ) (1)
  • Health Psychology (UniSA) (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Health psychology, smoking, older age, Greek-Australians (1)
  • Health pychology (Univ of Adelaide) (1)


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Research Areas

  • Clinical

Supervisory Interests

  • Bowel health and colorectal cancer
  • Behavioural influences on cancer risk and cancer screening participation
  • Cancer risk perception
  • Cancer screening
  • eHealth
  • Family health
  • Health psychology
  • Health promotion and education
  • Cancer survivorship


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