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Sandra Mandic

Sandy-Mandic-ALLSenior Lecturer
BPhEd(Novi Sad) MSc PhD(Alberta)
Tel 64 3 479 5415
Email sandra.mandic@otago.ac.nz

Background

Sandy’s academic training and professional experiences span Europe, Canada, United States and New Zealand and encompass the fields of epidemiology, clinical exercise physiology, and transdisciplinary training in cardiovascular medicine. She gained her PhD from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and completed postdoctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine (Palo Alto, United States). She holds Clinical Exercise Physiologist certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

Sandy’s expertise is the field of Physical Activity and Health with a focus on health promotion, cardiovascular disease prevention, sustainability, multidisciplinary collaborations and a multi-sector approach to research. Sandy is the academic leader of the Active Living Laboratory and Principal Investigator for the multidisciplinary research project Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Study. She has also provided academic advice to several organisations including Ministry of Health New Zealand, Clinical Exercise Physiology Association of New Zealand, Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council.

Sandy is passionate about being a global citizen and working with the community and for the community. She speaks four languages, enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and photography and cherish the time spent with her husband and two children.

Teaching

Research

Sandy is the academic leader of the Active Living Laboratory at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Her research expertise is in the area of Physical Activity and Health with a focus on health promotion, cardiovascular disease prevention and sustainability. Specific research interests include physical activity, built environment, public health and sustainability. Her research portfolio to date includes both clinical and epidemiological studies.

Sandy values multidisciplinary collaborations and a multi-sector approach to research. She has developed research collaborations with several universities in Canada, United States and Europe and across departments at the University of Otago (Medicine, Physiotherapy, Human Nutrition, Preventive and Social Medicine, Surveying, School of Business, Center for Sustainability), and established networks with the local government, schools and community organizations. Sandy is also a part of the University of Otago Transport Research Network.

Research studies conducted in the Active Living Laboratory have been funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, Lottery Health Research, Sport New Zealand, University of Otago Research Grants, The Southland Medical Foundation Inc., Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council.

Current research projects:

Completed research projects:

  • Long-Term Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Elderly Individuals (2011-2012)
  • Community-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: Prospective Observational Study (2009-2012)
  • Otago School Students Lifestyle Survey (2009-2012)

For more information, visit the Active Living Laboratory web page

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Publications

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., Chillón, P., Ergler, C., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). Parental perceptions of cycle skills training for adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.009

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., García Bengoechea, E., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J., & Wilson, G. (2017). Enrolling in the closest school or not? Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.05.006

Mandic, S., Garcia Bengoechea, E., Coppell, K. J., & Spence, J. C. (2017). Clustering of (un)healthy behaviors in adolescents from Dunedin, New Zealand. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(3), 266-275. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.41.3.6

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2017.1381543

Mandic, S., Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E. G., Flaherty, C., Williams, J., Sloane, L., Moore, A., & Spence, J. C. (2017). Adolescents' perceptions of cycling versus walking to school: Understanding the New Zealand context. Journal of Transport & Health, 4, 294-304. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2016.10.007

Journal - Research Article

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., Chillón, P., Ergler, C., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). Parental perceptions of cycle skills training for adolescents. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.009

Mandic, S., Hopkins, D., Bengoechea, E. G., Flaherty, C., Williams, J., Sloane, L., Moore, A., & Spence, J. C. (2017). Adolescents' perceptions of cycling versus walking to school: Understanding the New Zealand context. Journal of Transport & Health, 4, 294-304. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2016.10.007

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A., & García Bengoechea, E. (2017). “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2017.1381543

Mandic, S., Garcia Bengoechea, E., Coppell, K. J., & Spence, J. C. (2017). Clustering of (un)healthy behaviors in adolescents from Dunedin, New Zealand. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(3), 266-275. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.41.3.6

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., García Bengoechea, E., Hopkins, D., Moore, A., Rodda, J., & Wilson, G. (2017). Enrolling in the closest school or not? Implications of school choice decisions for active transport to school. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.05.006

Frater, J., Williams, J., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Moore, A., Kingham, S., … Mandic, S. (2017). A tale of two New Zealand cities: Cycling to school among adolescents in Christchurch and Dunedin. Transportation Research Part F, 49, 205-214. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2017.06.018

Hopkins, D., & Mandic, S. (2017). Perceptions of cycling among high school students and their parents. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 11(5), 342-356. doi: 10.1080/15568318.2016.1253803

Huertas-Delgado, F. J., Herrador-Colmenero, M., Villa-González, E., Aranda-Balboa, M. J., Cáceres, M. V., Mandic, S., & Chillón, P. (2017). Parental perceptions of barriers to active commuting to school in Spanish children and adolescents. European Journal of Public Health, 27(3), 416-421. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw249

Mandic, S., Wilson, H., Clark-Grill, M., & O'Neill, D. (2017). Medical students' awareness of the links between physical activity and health. Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 6(2), 5-12.

Barranco-Ruiz, Y., Mandic, S., Paz-Viteri, S., Guerendiain, M., Sandoval, F., & Villa-González, E. (2017). A short dance-exercise intervention as a strategy for improving quality of life in inactive workers. Health Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0017896917726575

Mandic, S., Wilson, H., Clark-Grill, M., & O'Neill, D. (2017). A physical activity learning module improves medical students’ skills and confidence for advising patients about physical activity. Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science & Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.26773/mjssm.180304

Mandic, S., Stevens, E., Hodge, C., Brown, C., Walker, R., Body, D., … Nye, E. R., & Williams, M. J. A. (2016). Long-term effects of cardiac rehabilitation in elderly individuals with stable coronary artery disease. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(9), 837-843. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061611

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Mintoft-Jones, A., Frater, J., Chillón, P., & Bengoechea, E. G. (2016). Attitudes towards cycle skills training in New Zealand adolescents. Transportation Research Part F, 42(1), 217-226. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2016.08.002

Maddison, R., Marsh, S., Hinckson, E. A., Duncan, S., Mandic, S., Taylor, R., & Smith, M. (2016). Results from New Zealand's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 13(11 Suppl. 2), S225-S230. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0323

Mandic, S., Williams, J., Moore, A., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Wilson, G., … Spence, J. C. (2016). Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Protocol for a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 6(5), e011196. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011196

Horwood, H., Williams, M. J. A., & Mandic, S. (2015). Examining motivations and barriers for attending maintenance community-based cardiac rehabilitation using the Health-Belief Model. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 24, 980-987. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.03.023

Mandic, S., Mountfort, A., Hopkins, D., Flaherty, C., Williams, J., Brook, E., … Moore, A. (2015). Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Study: Multidisciplinary and multi-sector collaboration for physical activity promotion [El estudio Entorno construido y desplazamiento activo a la escuela (BEATS): Colaboración multidisciplinaria y multisectorial para la promoción de la actividad fisica]. Retos, 28, 197-202.

Mandic, S., Body, D., Barclay, L., Walker, R., Nye, E. R., Grace, S. L., & Williams, M. J. A. (2015). Community-based cardiac rehabilitation maintenance programs: Use and effects. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 24, 710-718. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2015.01.014

Mandic, S., Leon de la Barra, S., Bengoechea, E. G., Stevens, E., Flaherty, C., Moore, A., Middlemiss, M., Williams, J., & Skidmore, P. (2015). Personal, social and environmental correlates of active transport to school among adolescents in Otago, New Zealand. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, 18(4), 432-437. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.06.012

Mandic, S., Walker, R., Stevens, E., Nye, E. R., Body, D., Barclay, L., & Williams, M. J. A. (2013). Estimating exercise capacity from walking tests in elderly individuals with stable coronary artery disease. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(22), 1853-1858. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.759629

Mandic, S., Hodge, C., Stevens, E., Walker, R., Nye, E. R., Body, D., Barclay, L., & Williams, M. J. A. (2013). Effects of community-based cardiac rehabilitation on body composition and physical function in individuals with stable coronary artery disease: 1.6-year followup. BioMed Research International, 2013, 903604. doi: 10.1155/2013/903604

Howe, A. S., Mandic, S., Parnell, W. R., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2013). Attitudes to food differ between adolescent dieters and non-dieters from Otago, New Zealand, but overall food intake does not. Public Health Nutrition, 16(1), 36-45. doi: 10.1017/s1368980012001152

Gademan, M. G., Uberoi, A., Le, V. V., Mandic, S., van Oort, E. R., Myers, J., & Froelicher, V. F. (2012). The effect of sport on computerized electrocardiogram measurements in college athletes. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 19(1), 126-138. doi: 10.1177/1741826710392669

Mandic, S., Bengoechea, E. G., Stevens, E., Leon de la Barra, S., & Skidmore, P. (2012). Getting kids active by participating in sport and doing it more often: Focusing on what matters. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 9, 86. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-9-86

Mandic, S., Myers, J., Selig, S. E., & Levinger, I. (2012). Resistance versus aerobic exercise training in chronic heart failure. Current Heart Failure Reports, 9, 57-64. doi: 10.1007/s11897-011-0078-0

Mandic, S., Myers, J., Oliveira, R. B., Abella, J., & Froelicher, V. F. (2010). Characterizing differences in mortality at the low end of the fitness spectrum in individuals with cardiovascular disease. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 17(3), 289-295. doi: 10.1097/HJR.0b013e32833163e2

Mandic, S., Fonda, H., Dewey, F., Le, V.-V., Stein, R., Wheeler, M., … Froelicher, V. F. (2010). Effect of gender on computerized electrocardiogram measurements in college athletes. Physician & Sportsmedicine, 38(2), 156-164. doi: 10.3810/psm.2010.06.1794

Le, V.-V., Wheeler, M. T., Mandic, S., Dewey, F., Fonda, H., Perez, M., … Froelicher, V. (2010). Addition of the electrocardiogram to the preparticipation examination of college athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 20(2), 98-105. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3181d44705

Mandic, S., Tymchak, W., Kim, D., Daub, B., Quinney, H. A., Taylor, D., … Haykowsky, M. J. (2009). Effects of aerobic or aerobic and resistance training on cardiorespiratory and skeletal muscle function in heart failure: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23(3), 207-216. doi: 10.1177/0269215508095362

Oliveira, R. B., Myers, J., Araújo, C. G. S., Abella, J., Mandic, S., & Froelicher, V. (2009). Maximal exercise oxygen pulse as a predictor of mortality among male veterans referred for exercise testing. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 16(3), 358-364. doi: 10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283292fe8

Mandic, S., Myers, J. N., Oliveira, R. B., Abella, J. P., & Froelicher, V. F. (2009). Characterizing differences in mortality at the low end of the fitness spectrum. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 41(8), 1573-1579. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31819ca063

Oliveira, R. B., Myers, J., Araújo, C. G. S., Arena, R., Mandic, S., Bensimhon, D., … Peberdy, M. A. (2009). Does peak oxygen pulse complement peak oxygen uptake in risk stratifying patients with heart failure? American Journal of Cardiology, 104(4), 554-558. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.04.022

Mandic, S., Go, C., Aggarwal, I., Myers, J., & Froelicher, V. F. (2008). Relationship of predictive modeling to receiver operating characteristics. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention, 28(6), 415-419. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0b013e31818c3c78

Mandic, S., Reiss, K., & Haykowsky, M. (2006). Exercise training for individuals with coronary artery disease or heart failure. Physiotherapy Canada, 58(1), 21-29. doi: 10.3138/ptc.58.1.21

Haykowsky, M., McGavock, J., Vonder Muhll, I., Koller, M., Mandic, S., ..., & Taylor, D. (2005). Effect of exercise training on peak aerobic power, left ventricular morphology, and muscle strength in healthy older women. Journals of Gerontology Series A, 60A(3), 307-311.

McGavock, J. M., Eves, N. D., Mandic, S., Glenn, N. M., Quinney, H. A., & Haykowsky, M. J. (2004). The role of exercise in the treatment of cardiovascular disease associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sports Medicine, 34(1), 27-48.

McGavock, J., Mandic, S., Vonder Muhll, I., Lewanczuk, R. Z., Quinney, H. A., Taylor, D. A., … Haykowsky, M. (2004). Low cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with elevated C-reactive protein levels in women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 27(2), 320-325.

McGavock, J., Mandic, S., Lewanczuk, R., Koller, M., Vonder Muhll, I., Quinney, A., … Haykowsky, M. (2004). Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise training in postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cardiovascular Diabetology, 3(3). doi: 10.1186/1475-2840-3-3

Mandic, S., Quinney, H. A., & Bell, G. J. (2004). Modification of the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test for rowing: Optimization of the resistance setting. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 25, 409-414. doi: 10.1055/s-2004-815849

Haykowsky, M. J., Dressendorfer, R., Taylor, D., Mandic, S., & Humen, D. (2002). Resistance training and cardiac hypertrophy: Unravelling the training effect. Sports Medicine, 32(13), 837-849.

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Journal - Research Other

Tercedor, P., Villa-González, E., Ávila-García, M., Díaz-Piedra, C., Martínez-Baena, A., Soriano-Maldonado, A., … Mandic, S., … Huertas-Delgado, F. J. (2017). A school-based physical activity promotion intervention in children: Rationale and study protocol for the PREVIENE Project. BMC Public Health, 17, 748. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4788-4

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Moore, A., Middlemiss, M., Hodge, C., Skidmore, P., & Mandic, S. (2013). Spatial aspects of a comparative study of active transport to school and motorized transport. In P. Denys, M. Strack, A. B. Moore & P. Whigham (Eds.), Proceedings of the 125th New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS) Annual Conference and the Spatial Information Research Centre New Zealand (SIRC NZ) GIS and Remote Sensing Research Conference: Celebrating the Past: Redefining the Future. (pp. 185-188). Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Institute of Surveyors. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Flaherty, C., Dovey, R., & Mandic, S. (2017). South Dunedin Cycling Project. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 50). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Rodda, J., Moore, A., & Mandic, S. (2017). An active transport to school route data "atlas" for Dunedin. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 47). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

McArthur, S., Pocock, T., Flaherty, C., Kek, C. C., Lawrie, D., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Effects of cycle skills training programme on children's cycling-related behaviours, confidence and knowledge. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 51). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Lawrie, D., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., McArthur, S., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Comparison of cycling-related habits, confidence, support and knowledge among children and adolescents from Dunedin, New Zealand. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 52). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Kek, C. C., Pocock, T., McArthur, S., Lawrie, D., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Effects of cycle skills training on cycling-related confidence, habits, knowledge and practical skills in adolescent girls. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 53). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Rodda, J., Moore, A., & Mandic, S. (2017). Adolescents' perceptions of safety along routes to Dunedin secondary schools: Is perception biased? In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 60). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., McArthur, S., Lawrie, D., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., & Mandic, S. (2017). Long-term effects of cycle skills training in children and adolescents. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 61). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Chillón, P., Huertas-Delgado, F. J., Villa-González, E., Barranco-Ruiz, Y., Pérez-López, I., Martín-Matillas, M., … Mandic, S., & Herrador-Colmenero, M. (2017). The PACO study: Design, planning and preliminary results. In S. Mandic, C. Ergler & A. Moore (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium Active Living and Environment: Towards a Healthier and More Sustainable Future. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

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