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Dr. Upton is an experienced research psychologist whose work focuses on the improvement of health and healthcare services.  Her research interests include health behaviours, patient reported outcomes, the implementation of evidence based practice and health service evaluation. She has led projects related to quality of life and wellbeing in chronic illness and long-term conditions, family weight management and children's eating behaviours, alcohol and tobacco use in adulthood, and the training and support of newly qualified health professionals to apply evidence based practice. Study findings have resulted in changes to policy and strategy both locally and nationally in the UK.

Dr Upton has published widely on topics related to health and wellbeing across the lifespan including the impact of chronic illness on children's quality of life, approaches to changing risky health behaviours such as smoking in adulthood, and the use of touchscreen technology to enhance the wellbeing of older adults with dementia. She is also committed to the development of clinical and teaching practice which is evidence-based and is co-author of the evidence-based practice questionnaire (EBPQ) and the student evidence-based questionnaire (SEBPQ) whcih measure knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of evidence based practice, and which have had an impact internationally in both clinical and educational settings.


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Achieving the four dimensions of food security for resettled refugees in Australia: A systematic review

Lawlis, T., Islam, W. & Upton, P., Apr 2018, In : Nutrition and Dietetics. 75, 2, p. 182-192 11 p.

University of Canberra

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  • Contribution of the Leg Club model of care to the well-being of people living with chronic wounds

    Upton, D., Upton, P. & Alexander, R., 20 Sep 2015, In : Journal of Wound Care. 24, 9, p. 397-405 9 p.

    University of Canberra

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  • Family-based childhood obesity interventions in the UK: a systematic review of published studies

    Upton, P., Taylor, C., Erol, R. & Upton, D., 2014, In : Community Practitioner. 87, 5, p. 25-29 5 p.

    University of Canberra

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  • Reply to 'evaluation of the food dudes programme by Upton et al.'

    Upton, P. & Taylor, C., Aug 2013, In : Public Health Nutrition. 16, 8, p. 1523 1 p.

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