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Health Sciences profile

Dr Sara Boucher

PositionPostdoctoral Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health (DSM)
QualificationsPhD
Research summarySleep and paediatric diabetes
Memberships
  • Public Health Association of New Zealand
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Research

Dr Sara Boucher's postdoctoral research will find ways to detect early signs of complications affecting the heart's nerve supply, and whether sleep itself or changes with blood sugar during sleep make serious heart rhythm abnormalities more likely to occur in youth with diabetes. This could lead to ways to reduce risk from such complications and prevent sudden death. This research is being supervised by Dr Ben Wheeler and Associate Professor Barbara Galland, both from the Department of Women's and Children's Health.

Previously, Sara worked on the development and pilot testing of a web-based programme to teach intuitive eating to overweight mid-age women. The programme, 'Mind, Body, Food', applies an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to help women decouple eating behaviour from emotional and external triggers. She also has been involved with large randomised controlled trials investigating different approaches to the effective prevention and treatment of obesity in children (Baby-led Introduction to Solids Study and Motivational Interviewing and Treatment Study) and adults (Support strategies for Whole-food diets, Intermittent Fasting, and Training Study).

Additional details

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2012, Sara worked as a Health Program Specialist for Broome County Office for Aging (New York, USA). In this role she delivered public talks on nutrition topics and co-led interventions to prevent falls and enhance skills to self-manage type 2 diabetes in older adults.

Publications

Lovell, S. A., Gray, A. R., & Boucher, S. E. (2017). Place, health, and community attachment: Is community capacity associated with self-related health at the individual level? SSM - Population Health, 3, 153-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.12.002

Lovell, S., Gray, A., & Boucher, S. (2016). Experiences of economic change in small town New Zealand: Implications for voluntarism and community capacity. In M. Skinner & N. Hanlon (Eds.), Ageing resource communities: New frontiers of rural population change, community development and voluntarism. (pp. 119-130). Abingdon, Uk: Routledge.

Boucher, S., Edwards, O., Gray, A., Nada-Raja, S., Lillis, J., Tylka, T., & Horwath, C. C. (2016). Teaching intuitive eating and acceptance and commitment therapy skills via a web-based intervention: A pilot single-arm intervention study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(4), e180. doi: 10.2196/resprot.5861

Boucher, S., Gray, A., Leong, S. L., Sharples, H., & Horwath, C. (2015). Token monetary incentives improve mail survey response rates and participant retention: Results from a large randomised prospective study of mid-age New Zealand women. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1413). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Lovell, S. A., Gray, A. R., & Boucher, S. E. (2015). Developing and validating a measure of community capacity: Why volunteers make the best neighbours. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 261-268. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.049

Chapter in Book - Research

Lovell, S., Gray, A., & Boucher, S. (2016). Experiences of economic change in small town New Zealand: Implications for voluntarism and community capacity. In M. Skinner & N. Hanlon (Eds.), Ageing resource communities: New frontiers of rural population change, community development and voluntarism. (pp. 119-130). Abingdon, Uk: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Lovell, S. A., Gray, A. R., & Boucher, S. E. (2017). Place, health, and community attachment: Is community capacity associated with self-related health at the individual level? SSM - Population Health, 3, 153-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.12.002

Boucher, S., Edwards, O., Gray, A., Nada-Raja, S., Lillis, J., Tylka, T., & Horwath, C. C. (2016). Teaching intuitive eating and acceptance and commitment therapy skills via a web-based intervention: A pilot single-arm intervention study. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(4), e180. doi: 10.2196/resprot.5861

Boucher, S., Gray, A., Leong, S. L., Sharples, H., & Horwath, C. (2015). Token monetary incentives improve mail survey response rates and participant retention: Results from a large randomised prospective study of mid-age New Zealand women. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1413). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Lovell, S. A., Gray, A. R., & Boucher, S. E. (2015). Developing and validating a measure of community capacity: Why volunteers make the best neighbours. Social Science & Medicine, 133, 261-268. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.09.049

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