Dr Jo-An Atkinson
Dr Atkinson leads the evidence synthesis and simulation work of the Prevention Centre. She has more than 15 years’ experience in health service delivery and clinical research in Australia, as well as in public health operational research to inform strategy for disease control and elimination in the Asia-Pacific region. This experience has included the use of quantitative, qualitative and participatory research methodologies.
Her research interest have included exploring human behavioural and system-level influences on intervention effectiveness; exploring acceptability of new and existing technologies for disease prevention; and the design of strategies for community engagement in prevention initiatives.
She is leading a program of work, in partnership with health departments, using simulation modelling methods as evidence synthesis and decision-support tools to inform policy and practice for the prevention of complex public health problems.
- Simulation modelling of alcohol consumption and the effectiveness of harm-reduction policies
- Gestational diabetes through a systems science lens
- Simulation modelling for the prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in NSW
- Simulation modelling to inform strategic planning for achieving the NSW Premier’s Priority for childhood overweight and obesity
- Dr Atkinson is also involved in the work of the Synthesis Capacity.