About

Associate Professor Watt is an Epidemiologist with a background in research methods and evidence-based practice, with specific content expertise in injury epidemiology & the prehospital/emergency sector. She is Team Leader of the Research Methods team in the Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her career goal is to increase the capacity of health professionals to conduct, engage with and interpret high quality research to improve clinical practice, ultimately improving health of the community. Her focus is on developing, evaluating & translating evidence, and applying innovative T&L practices that promote high quality application of research methods skills in the workplace. She is driven by commitment to increase capacity within the health sector to conduct rigorous, high quality research that translates to action.

 Her current research interests are defined by her methodological expertise, rather than content. She contributes methodological oversight to a vast array of research conducted within the health setting that directly translates to improved health/wellbeing of people in the tropics, to ensure that health care is informed by high quality evidence.

 She has 65+ peer-reviewed publications (+several in press), which have attracted numerous citations (GoogleScholar: 15904); 9 monographs; 1 Encyclopaedia entry; and 90+ conference presentations (3 awards). Her H-index is 15. Her research has a strong translational focus, in line with her ethos to increase the evidence-base with high-quality research to improve health. She is a leading Investigator on several grants via competitively-funded schemes, & regularly engages in consultations. 

Teaching
  • HS2402: Health Professional Research 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8301: Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8302: Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • TM5310: Dissertation 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5515: Epidemiology for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5516: Biostatistics for Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5527: Project (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5549: Dissertation 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM6013: Doctoral Attachment (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6014: Extended Doctoral Attachment (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6015: Doctoral Conference Presentations (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6016: Doctoral Specialisation 1 (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6017: Doctoral Specialisation 2 (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6018: Doctoral Project 1 (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6019: Doctoral Project 2 (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6020: Doctoral Project 3 (Level 6; TSV)
  • TM6021: Literature Review (Level 6; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Injury Prevention/Epidemiology
  • Prehospital/Emergency
  • Epidemiology/Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Alcohol/Substance Use
  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics (especially injury)
  • Public Health
  • Factors Associated with Performance and Anxiety in Learning Research Methods subjects
Teaching
  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Injury Epidemiology / Prevention
Experience
  • 2016 to present - Associate Dean, Research Education, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2011 to present - Associate Professor, Injury Epidemiology/Research Methods, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Director, Research Training, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook Univeristy (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Senior Lecturer, Injury Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2005 to 2009 - Clinical Research Co-ordinator, Australian Centre for Prehospital Research (Brisbane)
  • 2003 to 2004 - Research Fellow, Violence Research Group; Department of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff, Wales, UK)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2014 - Nominated for Australian Road Safety Community Program Award (Low speed vehicle run over multimedia education campaign)
  • 2013 - National Road Safety Award – “”Low Speed Vehicle Runover project”
  • 2012 - Ambassador, Kidsafe Queensland
  • 2009 - • Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, Grant Review Panel
  • 2008 - Australia Day Achievement Medallion for “Exemplary contribution to the research activity of the Australian Centre for Prehospital Research”
  • 2004 - Joint Winner, Best Poster. Annual Symposium for the Society for the Study of Addiction, York, United Kingdom.
  • 2003 - Runner up, Best Poster. Annual Symposium for the Society for the Study of Addiction, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 2001 - Student Bursary, Australian Injury Prevention Network, for attendance at National Injury Prevention Conference, Warrnambool, 2001
  • 1996 - Finalist in Australian Red Cross Young Ambassador Awards
Memberships
  • 2016 - Director, Kidsafe QLD Board (Social Inclusion Portfolio & Deputy Chair, Clinical Advisory Board, from August 2017)
  • 2013 - Member, Ethics Committee, Townsville Hospital and Health Services
  • 2012 - Global Burden of Disease, Injury Expert Group
  • 2010 - ICE (International Collaboration on Injury Research Methods)
  • 1999 - Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • 2009 to 2014 - • Public Health Association of Australia (Injury Prevention Special Interest Group; & Executive Committee, QLD Branch)
Other
  • 2013 to 2016 - President, Australian Injury Prevention Network
  • 2013 to 2014 - Co-Editor, Journal for Australasian Epidemiological Association
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 67+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Kerrianne Watt from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account

Tropikids Pilot Study: Longitudinal study of the social determinants of health and development of children in the tropics. TropiKids - an affiliate of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy

Indicative Funding
$40,000
Summary
TropiKids will study the health and well-being of mothers and fathers and the growth, development and health of their children. The information will inform public policy and service provision, and advance our knowledge of the social and biological determinants of health for Tropical North Queensland. The specific focus of this pilot study is to test the materials and recruitment method for the TropiKids Longitudinal study, and to investigate in a tropical environment the associations between maternal and paternal characteristics (including stress), birth outcomes, and infectious disease in the first year of life.
Investigators
Kerrianne Watt, Linda Shields, Alan Baxter, Zoltan Sarnyai, Wendy Smyth, Damon Eisen and Brett McDermott (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Townsville Hospital and Health Service and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Paediatrics; Social Determinants of Health; Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Risk Factors; Immunology

Townsville Health Service District - Consultancy

Clinical research (epidemiological) services - THHS

Indicative Funding
$178,786 over 3 years
Summary
This contract is to provide research services to clinicians at THHS to facilitate and conduct clinical research projects (assistance with research design, data collection, appropriate sample size calculation, data entry, data manipulation/coding, analysis, and interpretation of findings of the various research projects in an appropriate format (e.g., peer reviewed publication, conference presentations, etc).
Investigators
Kerrianne Watt (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Epidemiology; Clinical Research

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Quantifying modifiable public health infrastructure risks and how this can reduce the impact of disasters on people with non-communicable disease.

Indicative Funding
$3,000
Summary
This project will quantify modifiable public health infrastructure risks based on how they can reduce the impact of disasters on people with non-communicable diseases. The findings will inform a framework for reducing the impact of disasters on the health and well-being of people with NCDs.
Investigators
Benjamin Ryan, Richard Franklin, Kerrianne Watt, Erin Smith, Peter Aitken, Peter Leggat and Frederick Burkle (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Edith Cowan University and Harvard University)
Keywords
Chronic Disease; Disasters; floods; cyclonic storms

Townsville Health Service District - Research Trust Fund

Outcomes of Prehabilitation in frail patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery

Indicative Funding
$40,000
Summary
Frailty is a growing problem in an ageing population who undergo surgical procedures. A means of improving postoperative outcomes in this high risk population may provide benefits for long-term patient health and care. The study will asses the impact of a pre-operative exercise and dietary intervention to enhance mobility and postoperative outcomes in frail patients This study will be important in helping Health Services decide on the relative patient and healthcare value of this intervention for frail preoperative patients.
Investigators
Siva Senthuran, Anthony Leicht, Kerrianne Watt, Jeremy Furyk, Joe Williams, Chrispen Mushaya and Yik Hong Ho in collaboration with Justin Smith and Caitlin Braddick (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Townsville General Hospital and Alpha Omega Health Pty Ltd)
Keywords
Exercise; Frailty; Physical Activity; Diet; Surgery; Patient
Supervision

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Quantifying the Health System Use and Patient Resource Use and Expenditure on Cancer in Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Addressing the Impact of Disasters on Public Health Infrastructure and Non Communicable Diseases (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Subacromial Impingement Syndrome (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Chronic Low Back Pain: Diagnostic Classification Intervention and Outcome. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Study into the disposal of deceased persons as a result of violent crime (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Psychological Distress in Tertiary Tropical Hospital Inpatients - an epidemiological study (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Resuscitation Strategies for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) and Improving Patient Outcomes. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Strengthening health promotion and research in practice: the experiences of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Preventing Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Improving Infant Growth Outcomes in Bangladesh (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Features of Primary Health Care Services in Remote Indigenous Communities that Contribute to Hospital Avoidance for Ambulatory Sensitive Chronic Conditions (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Cannabis Withdrawal Among Indigenous Detainees/Inmates. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Management of Paediatric Status Epilepticus in Australia and New Zealand (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • An investigation of harm reduction approaches to alcohol use in context of chonic disease management (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Quantification of the Cost of Injury to the Health System in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Risk Factors for Lower Limb Running-Related Injuries. (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Gender Equity in Health Services and the Economics of Childbearing (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Measuring performance in mental health care with a focus on vulnerable groups in Australia (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Performance and Health Economic Assessment of Motion Tracking fpr Prostrate Cancer Radiation Therapy (PhD , Advsor Mentor)
  • Patient Safety: Risk Management of Paramedic Initiated Non-Transport Cases. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Evaluation of a University based, Student-Led Health Clinic (Masters , Advsor Mentor)
Completed
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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