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Research Biography

Tahna is currrently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact Flinders. Tahna’s experience is unique, having worked in government, community and academia. Those who work with Tahna know her as an advocate for evidence-informed public health, equity, and liveable communities achieved through intersectoral collaboration.

Tahna has particular expertise in knowledge translation, research impact and evidence-informed decision-making, with experience spanning boundaries between evidence generation, teaching, policy and practice.
Tahna has a PhD Health Sciences, preceded by a Graduate certificate clinical trials management and Bachelor Health science (Life science).

Tahna has training in both qualitative and quantitative research, and has over 20-years' experience in health promotion and public health policy, evaluation, university teaching and research.

Tahna joined the team that is now CSI Flinders in mid-2021, to apply her knowledge brokering experience to an ARC-funded linkage research project with the South Australian food assistance sector. The project aims to translate principles into good practice and collective impact.

Tahna also provides research consultancy services for organisations, engaging people to ensure that research investments are useful, relevant and have impact.

Research Expertise

Tahna has expertise in knowledge translation, evidence-informed decision-making, research impact, health promotion, public health, public policy,  food relief services sector, and evaluation.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 26 Mar 2009

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

6 Jul 20217 Jan 2021


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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