Dr Katie Thurber

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Katie is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow (2019-2023) with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health. She previously completed her MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology at ANU. Her driving ambition is to conduct policy-relevant research to support health improvement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other populations experiencing health inequities. She conducts research across community- and policy-identified priority areas, including tobacco control, nutrition, weight status, and domestic violence. She employs community-engaged, mixed-methods, and strength-based research approaches. Katie has experience in the design and analysis of large-scale and longitudinal studies. She has led collaborations analysing data from current largest cohort studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults, including the Longitudinal Study Indigenous Children (LSIC), the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH), and the 45 and Up Study, and is involved in development of Mayi Kuwayu: The National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing.

The aim of her Fellowship is to improve understanding of the social patterning of premature mortality among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to identify pathways to improved health. Tobacco use and associated harms will be a key area of focus. The program of work will combine analysis of mature and new, unprecedented large-scale data resources, and will be conducted in partnership with community and with policymakers.

Publications

  • Thurber, K, Joshy, G, Korda, R et al 2018, 'Obesity and its association with sociodemographic
    factors, health behaviours and health status among
    Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adults in New South
    Wales, Australia', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 72, pp. 491-498.
  • Lokuge, K, Wallace, M, Subasinghe, K et al 2018, 'Protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial evaluating the impact of a preschool-based capacity building intervention on intimate partner violence and substance misuse in Sri Lanka', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1-9.
  • Jones, R, Thurber, K, Chapman, J et al 2018, 'Study protocol: Our Cultures Count, the Mayi Kuwayu Study, a national longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing', BMJ Open, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1-7.
  • Salmon, M, Skelton, F, Thurber, K et al 2018, 'Intergenerational and early life influences on the well-being of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: overview and selected findings from Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, vol. 10, pp. 17-23.
  • Ransome, Y, Thurber, K, Swen, M et al 2018, 'Social capital and HIV/AIDS in the United States: Knowledge, gaps, and future directions', SSM - Population Health, vol. 5, pp. 73-85.
  • Cuevas, A, Chen, R, Thurber, K et al 2018, 'Psychosocial Stress and Overweight and Obesity: Findings From the Chicago Community Adult Health Study', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, vol. Online.
  • Jones, R, Thurber, K, Wright, A et al 2018, 'Associations between participation in a ranger program and health and wellbeing outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in central Australia: A proof of concept study', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 1-13.
  • Thurber, K, Olsen PhD, A, Guthrie, J et al 2018, ''Telling our story. Creating our own history': Caregivers' reasons for participating in an Australian longitudinal study of Indigenous children, International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 17, no. 143, pp. 15pp.
  • Thurber, K 2017, 'They've got to do something about the supply': Improving food security is critical to Closing the Gap, pp. 32-33.
  • Thurber, K, Dobbins, T, Neeman, T et al 2017, 'Body Mass Index trajectories of Indigenous Australian children, and relation to screen-time, diet, and demographic factors', Obesity, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 747-756.
  • Lokuge, K, Thurber, K, Calabria, B et al 2017, 'Indigenous health program evaluation design and methods in Australia: a systematic review of the evidence', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 480-482.
  • Lovett, R, Thurber, K & Maddox, R 2017, 'Deadly progress: changes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking prevalence', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. e2741733.
  • Thurber, K, Burgess, L, Falster, K et al 2017, 'Relation of child, caregiver, and environmental characteristics to childhood injury in an urban Aboriginal cohort in New South Wales, Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 157-165.
  • Lovett, R, Thurber, K & Maddox, R 2017, 'The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking epidemic: what stage are we at, and what does it mean?', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. e2741733 (6pp).
  • Lovett, R, Thurber, K, Wright, A et al 2017, 'Deadly progress: changes in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult daily smoking, 2004-2015', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 1-8pp.
  • Lovett, R & Thurber, K 2017, 'Health Conditions and Health Service Utilisation among Children in LSIC', in Maggie Walter, Karen L. Martin, Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews (ed.), Indigenous Children Growing Up Strong: A Longitudinal Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, UK, pp. 209-231pp.
  • Lieven, C, Thurber, K, Levin, E et al 2012, 'Ordering of neuronal apoptosis signaling: a superoxide burst precedes mitochondrial cytochrome c release in a growth factor deprivation model', Apoptosis : an international journal on programmed cell death, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 591-599.
  • MacQueen, R, Biven, A, Lovett, R et al 2012, Review of the need to expand drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in the ACT: Consumer feedback study.
  • Thurber, K, Banwell, C, Neeman, T et al 2017, 'Understanding barriers to fruit and vegetable intake in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: a mixed-methods approach', Public Health Nutrition, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 832-847.
  • Banks, E, Crouch, S, Korda, R et al 2016, 'Absolute risk of cardiovascular disease events, and blood pressure-and lipid-lowering therapy in Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 204, no. 8, pp. 320-320.
  • Lokuge, K, Verputten, M, Ajakali, M et al 2016, 'Health Services for Gender-Based Violence: Medecins Sans Frontieres Experience Caring for Survivors in Urban Papua New Guinea', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 11, no. 6, pp. e0156813.
  • Thurber, K, Dobbins, T, Kirk, M et al 2015, 'Early life predictors of increased body mass index among indigenous Australian children', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 10, no. 6.
  • Thurber, K, Banks, E & Banwell, C 2015, 'Cohort Profile: Footprints in Time, the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 789-800.
  • Thurber, K, Bagheri, N & Banwell, C 2014, 'Social determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', Family Matters, vol. 2014, no. 95, pp. 51-61.
  • Thurber, K, Banks, E & Banwell, C 2014, 'Approaches to maximising the accuracy of anthropometric data on children: review and empirical evaluation using the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', Public Health Research & Practice, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. e2511407.
  • Thurber, K 2013, 'On the right track: Body mass index of children in Footprints in Time', in (ed.), Footprints in Time Key Summary Report from Wave 4, Australian Government Department of Social Services, Canberra, ACT., pp. 50-58pp.
  • Lokuge, K, Shah, T, Pintaldi, G et al 2013, 'Mental health services for children exposed to armed conflict: Medecins Sans Fronteres' experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and the occupied Palestinian territory', Paediatrics and International Child Health (Online), vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 259-272.