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Verity Cleland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. She is a behavioural epidemiologist, has a background in health promotion, and has main research interests in the individual, social and environmental influences on physical activity.
Her work has often focused on groups at high risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She currently holds a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship, and is the lead investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project grant to better understand and change active and public transport behaviours in Tasmania. This project involves partnerships with Metro Tasmania, the Tasmanian Department of Health, and the Tasmanian Local Government Association, and involves secondary data analysis of existing datasets as well as the evaluation of randomised and natural experiments.
Verity is passionate about research that can answer important questions of direct relevance to policy and practice.