Professor Fiona Brooks BA (Hons), PhD, has a background in sociology and is Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Technology Sydney. Her work seeks to challenge a deficit approach to young people’s heath by examining and demonstrating how protective health assets may operate to support and build capacity and capabilities for young people. Fiona has been an expert advisor to the UK Cabinet Office, Public Health England and the Department of Health on adolescent health and she has considerable experience of working with policy makers and NGO’s in relation to knowledge translation.
Fiona has published widely on topics relating to young people’s health and well-being including work on assets for vulnerable youth, self-harm, participation in physical activity, computer game playing, violence and body image. She is a Chief Investigator on the longest running cross national study in the area of adolescent health; the WHO Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC). This international cross sectional study takes place in 45 countries and is concerned with the social determinants of young people’s health and well-being. Fiona been involved in the development and validation of new measures for Self-harm, and experiences of health service use.
Fiona will take a key role in Stream 3, and policy engagement and knowledge translation across the CRE. She also bring specific expertise in youth engagement. As a highly experienced supervisor and mentor, Fiona will offer support to the doctoral students and fellows attached to the CRE.