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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Sara Boucher

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
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

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

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 control: A randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care. Advance online publication. 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., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Tomlinson, P. A., … 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13121

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

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

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

Marsters, B. L., Boucher, S. E., Galland, B. C., Wiltshire, E. J., de Bock, M. I., Tomlinson, P. A., … 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/pedi.13121

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

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 control: A randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2337/dc20-0613

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

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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