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Dr Sara Styles

Sara Styles imageBSc(Salem) MSc(Marywood) PhD(Otago)

Email sara.styles@otago.ac.nz

Sara Styles is a Lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition with research interest in paediatric diabetes.

Sara'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 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.

Memberships

  • Public Health Association of New Zealand
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

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Publications

Marsters, B., Shi, B., Wheeler, B. J., Boucher, S., Macaulay, G., Galland, B., Elder, D., Larsen, P., & Wiltshire, E. (2021). Advanced ECG analysis of cardiac function in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A pilot study [Short communication]. Acta Diabetologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00592-021-01704-y

Marsters, B. L., Boucher, S. E., Galland, B. C., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Tomlinson, P. A., … MacKenzie, K. E., … Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Cutaneous adverse events in a randomized controlled trial of flash glucose monitoring among youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatric Diabetes, 21, 1516-1524. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13121

Boucher, S. E., Gray, A. R., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Galland, B. C., Tomlinson, P. A., … Rose, S., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Effect of 6 months of flash glucose monitoring in youth with type 1 diabetes and high-risk glycemic ontrol: A randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care, 43, 2388-2395. doi: 10.2337/dc20-0613

Elbalshy, M., Boucher, S., Crocket, H., Galland, B., MacKenzie, C., de Bock, M. I., … Wiltshire, E., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Exploring parental experiences of using a do-it-yourself solution for continuous glucose monitoring among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A qualitative study. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 14(5), 844-853. doi: 10.1177/1932296819895290

Boucher, S. E., Aum, S. H., Crocket, H. R., Wiltshire, E. J., Tomlinson, P. A., de Bock, M. I., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Exploring parental perspectives after commencement of flash glucose monitoring for type 1 diabetes in adolescents and young adults not meeting glycaemic targets: A qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine, 37(4), 657-664. doi: 10.1111/dme.14188

Other Research Output

Boucher, S. (2018, June). Managing diabetes in a 'flash': A study protocol. Department of Women's & Children's Health, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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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

Marsters, B., Shi, B., Wheeler, B. J., Boucher, S., Macaulay, G., Galland, B., Elder, D., Larsen, P., & Wiltshire, E. (2021). Advanced ECG analysis of cardiac function in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A pilot study [Short communication]. Acta Diabetologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00592-021-01704-y

Marsters, B. L., Boucher, S. E., Galland, B. C., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Tomlinson, P. A., … MacKenzie, K. E., … Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Cutaneous adverse events in a randomized controlled trial of flash glucose monitoring among youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatric Diabetes, 21, 1516-1524. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13121

Boucher, S. E., Aum, S. H., Crocket, H. R., Wiltshire, E. J., Tomlinson, P. A., de Bock, M. I., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Exploring parental perspectives after commencement of flash glucose monitoring for type 1 diabetes in adolescents and young adults not meeting glycaemic targets: A qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine, 37(4), 657-664. doi: 10.1111/dme.14188

Elbalshy, M., Boucher, S., Crocket, H., Galland, B., MacKenzie, C., de Bock, M. I., … Wiltshire, E., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Exploring parental experiences of using a do-it-yourself solution for continuous glucose monitoring among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A qualitative study. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 14(5), 844-853. doi: 10.1177/1932296819895290

Boucher, S. E., Gray, A. R., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Galland, B. C., Tomlinson, P. A., … Rose, S., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Effect of 6 months of flash glucose monitoring in youth with type 1 diabetes and high-risk glycemic ontrol: A randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care, 43, 2388-2395. doi: 10.2337/dc20-0613

Macaulay, G. C., Galland, B. C., Boucher, S. E., Wiltshire, E. J., Haszard, J. J., Campbell, A. J., Black, S. M., Smith, C., Elder, D., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Impact of type 1 diabetes mellitus, glucose levels, and glycaemic control on sleep in children and adolescents: A case-control study. Sleep, 43(2), 1-11. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz226

Marsters, B. L., Boucher, S. E., Galland, B. C., de Lange, M., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Elbalshy, M. M., Tomlinson, P. A., … Wheeler, B. J. (2020). The 'flash' adhesive study: A randomized crossover trial using an additional adhesive patch to prolong freestyle libre sensor life among youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Acta Diabetologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00592-020-01556-y

Boucher, S., Blackwell, M., Galland, B., de Bock, M., Crocket, H., Wiltshire, E., Tomlinson, P., … Wheeler, B. (2020). Initial experiences of adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes and high-risk glycemic control after starting flash glucose monitoring: A qualitative study. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 19, 37-46. doi: 10.1007/s40200-019-00472-5

Macaulay, G. C., Boucher, S. E., Yogarajah, A., Galland, B. C., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Sleep and night-time caregiving in parents of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A qualitative study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 18(5), 622-636. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2019.1647207

Barraclough, E. L., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Boucher, S. E., Tylka, T. L., & Horwath, C. C. (2019). Learning to eat intuitively: A qualitative exploration of the experience of mid-age women. Health Psychology Open, 6(1). doi: 10.1177/2055102918824064

Lovell, S. A., Gray, A., & Boucher, S. E. (2018). Economic marginalization and community capacity: How does industry closure in a small town affect perceptions of place? Journal of Rural Studies, 62, 107-115. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.07.002

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. L., & 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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Journal - Research Other

Mohd Asarani, N. A., Reynolds, A. N., Boucher, S. E., de Bock, M., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Cutaneous complications with continuous or flash glucose monitoring use: Systematic review of trials and observational studies. Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, 14(2), 328-337. doi: 10.1177/1932296819870849

Elbalshy, M., Boucher, S., Galland, B., Haszard, J. J., Crocket, H., Wiltshire, E., Jefferies, C., de Bock, M. I., Tomlinson, P., Jones, S., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). The MiaoMiao study: Can do-it-yourself continuous glucose monitoring technology improve fear of hypoglycaemia in parents of children affected by type 1 diabetes? Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40200-020-00671-5

Boucher, S. E., Gray, A. R., de Bock, M., Wiltshire, E. J., Galland, B. C., Tomlinson, P. A., … MacKenzie, K. E., & Wheeler, B. J. (2019). Effect of 6 months' flash glucose monitoring in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes and suboptimal glycaemic control: Managing diabetes in a 'flash' randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Endocrine Disorders, 19(1), 50. doi: 10.1186/s12902-019-0378-z

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Boucher, S., Gray, A., Wiltshire, E., De Bock, M., Galland, B., Tomlinson, P., … Wheeler, B. (2020). Managing diabetes in a 'flash': Effect of 6 months' flash glucose monitoring in adolescents with high-risk glycaemic control: A randomised controlled trial. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 22(Suppl. 1), (pp. A56). doi: 10.1089/dia.2020.2525.abstracts

Marsters, B. L., Boucher, S., Galland, B., Wiltshire, E., De Bock, M., Gray, A., Tomlinson, P., … Wheeler, B. (2020). Cutaneous adverse events in a randomised control trial of flash glucose monitoring among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 22(Suppl. 1), (pp. A146). doi: 10.1089/dia.2020.2525.abstracts

Macaulay, G., Galland, B., Boucher, S., Wiltshire, E., Haszard, J., Campbell, A., Black, S., Smith, C., Elder, D., & Wheeler, B. (2019). Sleep states, habitual sleep and glycaemic control in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Journal of Sleep Research, 28(Suppl. 1), O003. doi: 10.1111/jsr.02_12912

Boston, G., Boucher, S., Yogarajah, A., Galland, B., & Wheeler, B. (2018). A qualitative study of sleep in parents of children with Type 1 diabetes. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(Suppl. 2), (pp. 24). doi: 10.1111/jsr.12764

Boucher, S., Edwards, O., Tylka, T., Lillis, J., Nada-Raja, S., Gray, A., & Horwath, C. (2015). Teaching intuitive eating and ACT skills for long-term weight management via a web-based intervention: An acceptability study. Proceedings of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Australia & New Zealand Chapter (ANZ ACBS) Conference. (pp. 20-21). Retrieved from http://www.anzacbsconference.com/

Boucher, S., Edwards, O., Gray, A., Nada-Raja, S., Tylka, T., Lillis, J., & Horwath, C. (2015). The design and feasibility of a web-based intuitive eating intervention for overweight mid-age women. Proceedings of the Public Health Association Conference. (pp. 70-71). Retrieved from https://www.ivvy.com/event/PHA15/

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Rose, S., Galland, B., Boucher, S., De Bock, M., Wiltshire, E., Tomlinson, P., … Wheeler, B. (2019, September). Sleep quality and habitual sleep patterns of adolescents and young adults (13-20 years) with suboptimal glycaemic control: Preliminary findings from the 'Managing Diabetes in a Flash' study. Poster session presented at the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Marsters, B., Boucher, S., Gray, A., de Bock, M., Wiltshire, E., Galland, B., Tomlinson, P., … Wheeler, B. (2019, September). Cutaneous adverse events in a randomised control trial of flash glucose monitoring among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Poster session presented at the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Boucher, S., Aum, S. H., Galland, B., Crocket, H., Wiltshire, E., Tomlinson, P., de Bock, M., & Wheeler, B. (2019, September). Exploring parental perspectives following commencement of flash glucose monitoring in adolescents with type 1 diabetes and a history of suboptimal glycaemic control: A qualitative study. Poster session presented at the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Elbalshy, M., Boucher, S., Crocket, H., Galland, B., de Bock, M., Jefferies, C., Wiltshire, E., & Wheeler, B. (2019, September). Exploring family experiences of using MiaoMiao for continuous glucose monitoring for children with type I diabetes: A qualitative study. Poster session presented at the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Boucher, S., Leong, S. L., Gray, A., & Horwath, C. (2013, September). Psychological flexibility, eating habits and 3-year BMI change: Results from a nationwide prospective study of mid-age women. Poster session presented at the Division of Health Sciences Research Forum: Foundations for Health: Otago Health Research, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Macaulay, G., Galland, B. C., Boucher, S. E., Wiltshire, E. J., Haszard, J., Campbell, A. J., Black, S. M., Smith, C., Elder, D., & Wheeler, B. J. (2019, September). Sleep and glycaemic control in children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Pediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Australia.

Boucher, S. (2016, June). Planning for a sustainable web-based weight management intervention. Verbal presentation at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine In-House Convention, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Boucher, S. (2016, November). Do hypoglycaemia and sleep state impact cardiac autonomic function, T-wave morphology and arrhythmia in youth with type 1 diabetes. Verbal presentation at the Women's and Children's Health Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Barraclough, E., Boucher, S., Hay-Smith, J., & Horwath, C. (2015, December). Qualitative evaluation of women's experiences of learning to eat more intuitively. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate & Early Career Nutrition Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Boucher, S. (2014, February). Development of a web-based weight gain prevention intervention for New Zealand women. Verbal presentation at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine In-House Convention, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Boucher, S. E. (2015). Development and testing of a web-based intuitive eating intervention for weight gain prevention among mid-age women (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6045

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