Dr Nicole Nathan

University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Dr Nicole Nathan is a NHMRC MRFF Investigator with The University of Newcastle School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour. Dr Nathan is also a Health Service Manager and a qualified Health and Physical Education teacher with 20 years experience leading the implementation and evaluation of one of Australia’s largest population-wide child obesity prevention services and research trials in community settings, in particular within the school setting (Good for Kids. Good for Life). 

Research Interest

Dr Nathan is leading research in the field of sustainability. Dr Nathan’s current area of interest is investigating the long-term sustainability of evidence-based programs in clinical and community settings once implementation support has ceased.  

Read more about Nicole’s NCOIS research on optimising and sustaining implementation on our research pages. 

Top Publications

Evaluation of measures of sustainability and sustainability determinants for use in community, public health, and clinical settings: a systematic review. 2022. Implementation Science. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-022-01252-1.

Do the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) strategies adequately address sustainment? 2022. Frontiers in Health Services. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/frhs.2022.905909.

Multi-strategy intervention increases school implementation and maintenance of a mandatory physical activity policy: outcomes of a cluster randomised controlled trial 2021. British Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2020-103764

Barriers and facilitators influencing the sustainment of health behaviour interventions in schools and childcare services: A systematic review. 2021. Implementation Science. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-021-01134-y

Implementation of a School Physical Activity Policy Improves Student Physical Activity Levels: Outcomes of a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial 2020. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0595

The effectiveness of lunchbox interventions on improving the foods and beverages packed and consumed by children at centre-based care or school: a systematic review and meta-analysis 2019. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0798-1

Role in NCOIS

Associate Investigator and Research Lead

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