Nicola’s research focusses on measuring and understanding psychological, social, and environmental influences of adults' leisure-time physical activity. She is also interested in physical activity interventions to promote physical and psychological health, and the association between physical activity and psychological well-being.
Nicola joined the School of Human Movement Studies in 2004 and works in Physical Activity and Health. After graduating from a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland (UQ), Nicola practiced as a consultant psychologist in the areas of employee assistance and vocational/psychiatric rehabilitation. Her specific expertise was in the areas of (i) management of stress and anxiety disorders, and (ii) psychosocial and lifestyle self-management to promote healthy outcomes. Moving to an academic career, Nicola worked at several universities as a lecturer in behavioural medicine, health psychology, developmental psychology, and public health. She has extensive experience in the management and administration of health-related research projects. Nicola has spent considerable time representing, promoting, and advancing the profession and practice of psychology. She is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), an executive committee member of the Brisbane Area branch, and a member of the APS Colleges of Clinical and Health Psychology in Queensland.