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Sandy Mandic_2019 ImageSenior Lecturer
BPhEd(Novi Sad) MSc PhD(Alberta)
Tel +64 3 479 5415
Email sandra.mandic@otago.ac.nz

Background

Interdisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to physical activity and health with links to transportation, built environment and sustainability inspire Sandy's academic activities. Her academic training and professional experiences span Europe, Canada, United States and New Zealand.

She has a strong track record in successful implementation of collaborative interdisciplinary research projects and comprehensive dissemination of research findings to different sectors. Sandy is the academic leader of the Active Living Laboratory, the principal investigator on the Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Research Programme, the convener of the Transport Research Network and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago.

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, two children and friends.

Teaching

Research

Sandy’s research activities are inspired by interdisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to physical activity and health with links to transportation, built environment and sustainability. Sandy is the academic leader of the Active Living Laboratory at the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and the principal investigator on the Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Research Programme.

Sandy is also the convener of the Transport Research Network and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She initiated multidisciplinary and multi-sector symposia The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES; 2017 and 2019) and led the development of Key Policy Recommendations for Active Transport in New Zealand in 2019. Sandy serves as a reviewer for over 30 international journals.

Active Living Laboratory

The Active Living Laboratory strives to create a healthier and more sustainable future through

  • Establishing multi-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations
  • The delivery of community-centred research studies
  • Sharing scientific findings with decision makers, local organisations and the wider community and
  • Developing leading policy recommendation documents and publications

The Active Living Laboratory offers a vibrant research environment and opportunity to be involved in multidisciplinary research projects. Research areas include Physical Activity, Public Health, Built Environment, Transportation and Sustainability.

We are always looking for great people to join our research team!

Check out the Active Living Laboratory website for more details.

BEATS Research Programme

The Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Research Programme is based on contemporary ecological models for active transport (walking or cycling) that identify individual, social, environmental and policy influences on behaviour.

This research is designed to advance scientific knowledge and provide service to the government, local community and schools.

The programme has been designed and implemented using a community-based participatory approach with the sustained involvement of key stakeholders.

Find out more on the BEATS Research Programme website.

Current research projects

Completed research projects

  • Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Rural Study (2018–2019)
  • Built Environment and Active Transport to School: BEATS Study (2014–2017)
  • Evaluation of Cycle Skills Training Programme (2015–2017)
  • 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

Porskamp, T., Ergler, C., Pilot, E., Sushama, P., & Mandic, S. (2019). The importance of social capital for young people's active transport and independent mobility in rural Otago, New Zealand. Health & Place, 60, 102216. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102216

Hately, G., & Mandic, S. (2019). Physical activity, physical function and quality of life in community-based maintenance cardiac rehabilitation. Health Education Journal, 78(5), 524-536. doi: 10.1177/0017896918823821

Kek, C. C., Bengoechea, E. G., Spence, J. C., & Mandic, S. (2019). The relationship between transport-to-school habits and physical activity in a sample of New Zealand adolescents. Journal of Sport & Health Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2019.02.006

Roberts, J. D., Mandic, S., Fryer, C. S., Brachman, M. L., & Ray, R. (2019). Between privilege and oppression: An intersectional analysis of active transportation experiences among Washington D.C. area youth. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(8), 1313. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081313

Uddin, R., Mandic, S., & Khan, A. (2019). Active commuting to and from school among 106,605 adolescents in 27 Asia-Pacific countries. Journal of Transport & Health, 15, 100637. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100637

Chapter in Book - Research

Hopkins, D., & Mandic, S. (2017). Purposeful leisure mobilities: Reframing the walk to school. In C. M. Hall, Y. Ram & N. Shoval (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of walking. (pp. 100-108). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315638461

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Journal - Research Article

Porskamp, T., Ergler, C., Pilot, E., Sushama, P., & Mandic, S. (2019). The importance of social capital for young people's active transport and independent mobility in rural Otago, New Zealand. Health & Place, 60, 102216. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102216

Uddin, R., Mandic, S., & Khan, A. (2019). Active commuting to and from school among 106,605 adolescents in 27 Asia-Pacific countries. Journal of Transport & Health, 15, 100637. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100637

Roberts, J. D., Mandic, S., Fryer, C. S., Brachman, M. L., & Ray, R. (2019). Between privilege and oppression: An intersectional analysis of active transportation experiences among Washington D.C. area youth. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(8), 1313. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16081313

Kek, C. C., Bengoechea, E. G., Spence, J. C., & Mandic, S. (2019). The relationship between transport-to-school habits and physical activity in a sample of New Zealand adolescents. Journal of Sport & Health Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2019.02.006

Hately, G., & Mandic, S. (2019). Physical activity, physical function and quality of life in community-based maintenance cardiac rehabilitation. Health Education Journal, 78(5), 524-536. doi: 10.1177/0017896918823821

Smith, M., Ikeda, E., Duncan, S., Maddison, R., Hinckson, E., Meredith-Jones, K., … Mandic, S. (2019). Trends and measurement issues for active transportation in New Zealand's physical activity report cards for children and youth. Journal of Transport & Health, 15, 100789. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100789

Pocock, T., Moore, A., Keall, M., & Mandic, S. (2019). Physical and spatial assessment of school neighbourhood built environments for active transport to school in adolescents from Dunedin (New Zealand). Health & Place, 55, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.10.003

Molina-García, J., Queralt, A., García Bengoechea, E., Moore, A., & Mandic, S. (2018). Would New Zealand adolescents cycle to school more if allowed to cycle without a helmet? Journal of Transport & Health, 11, 64-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.10.001

Ikeda, E., Stewart, T., Garrett, N., Egli, V., Mandic, S., Hosking, J., … Rodda, J., Moore, A., & Smith, M. (2018). Built environment associates of active school travel in New Zealand children and youth: A systematic meta-analysis using individual participant data. Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.04.007

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Ergler, C., Kek, C. C., Pocock, T., Lawrie, D., … García Bengoechea, E. (2018). Effects of cycle skills training on cycling-related knowledge, confidence and behaviour in adolescent girls. Journal of Transport & Health, 9, 253-263. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.01.015

Mandic, S., Wilson, H., Clark-Grill, M., & O'Neill, D. (2018). A physical activity learning module improves medical students’ skills and confidence for advising patients about physical activity. Montenegrin Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 7(1), 31-38. doi: 10.26773/mjssm.180304

Aibar Solana, A., Mandic, S., Lanaspa, E. G., Gallardo, L. O., & Casterad, J. Z. (2018). Parental barriers to active commuting to school in children: Does parental gender matter? Journal of Transport & Health, 9, 141-149. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.03.005

Mandic, S., Sandretto, S., Hopkins, D., Wilson, G., Moore, A., & García Bengoechea, E. (2018). “I wanted to go here”: Adolescents’ perspectives on school choice. Journal of School Choice, 12(1), 98-122. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2017.1381543

Mandic, S., Flaherty, C., Pocock, T., Kek, C. C., McArthur, S., Ergler, C., … García Bengoechea, E. (2018). Effects of cycle skills training on children's cycling-related knowledge, confidence and behaviours. Journal of Transport & Health, 8, 271-282. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.12.010

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

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.

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, 6, 347-357. 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

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., 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

Barranco-Ruiz, Y., Mandic, S., Paz-Viteri, S., Guerendiain, M., Sandoval, F. V., & Villa-González, E. (2017). A short dance-exercise intervention as a strategy for improving quality of life in inactive workers. Health Education Journal, 76(8), 936-945. doi: 10.1177/0017896917726575

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, 6, 411-419. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.03.009

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

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

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

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., 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., 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., 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

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., 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

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

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

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

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., 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., 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., 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

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

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., 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.

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

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

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