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Deana is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives to critically study health education programs, curriculum and pedagogies. Whilst her work has a strong school focus, she has recently begun to explore the possibilities of other pedagogical spaces and approaches that seek to teach us something about health including museums/ exhibits, gardens, digital media and design thinking.   Currently Deana is a member of 2 ARC Discovery Project teams that critically examine health pedagogies in different settings including schools and families.  

Deana currently serves on the editorial boards of Health Education Journal and Health Education and is co-convenor of the CHESS (Critical Health Education Studies). She is  co-editor of the Routledge Book Series Critical Studies of Health and Education. Additionally she is a co-convenor of the European Education Research Association's Research Network 8 - Research in Health Education group. More recently Deana has been invited to be a member of the International Scientific Committee of the new UNESCO Chair for Global Health and Education.  

Deana has been involved in health education curriculum development for over 25 years.  Most recently Deana was involved in reviewing and redeveloping the new Victorian Certificate of Education Food Studies Study Design and the Health and Human Development Study Design.


Research interests

Deana's research interests include:

* critical studies of health education

* education policy curriculum and pedagogy

* interdisciplinary approaches to health education

* digital health education pedagogies

* food studies and school food work

* critical intersections of health promotion and health education

* hacking health education and design based approaches in education

* participatory research methods

Research area keywords

  • food studies
  • health education
  • governmentality
  • curriculum
  • pedagogy
  • policy
  • sociology
  • school health
  • design and co-design
  • nutrition
  • wellbeing

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Children, ‘healthy’ food, school and family: the ‘[n]ot really’ outcome of school food messages

Maher, J., Supski, S., Wright, J., Leahy, D., Lindsay, J. & Tanner, C., Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Children's Geographies. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Critical health education studies: reflections on a new conference and this themed symposium

Fitzpatrick, K., Leahy, D., Webber, M., Gilbert, J., Lupton, D. & Aggleton, P., Oct 2019, In : Health Education Journal. 78, 6, p. 621-632 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Cruel optimism? Socially critical perspectives on the obesity assemblage

Burrows, L., Leahy, D. & Wright, J., 2019, Critical Research in Sport, Health, and Physical Education: How to Make a Difference. Pringle, R., Larsson, H. & Gerdin, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 200-212 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

"I feel we are inclusive enough": examining swimming coaches' understandings of inclusion and disability

Hammond, A., Jeanes, R., Penney, D. & Leahy, D., Dec 2019, In : Sociology of Sport Journal. 36, 4, p. 311-321 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Public Opinions on Australian Schools & Schooling

Leahy, D. & Selwyn, N., 2019, Clayton Vic Australia: Monash University. 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Open Access


Dean's Award - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Deana Leahy (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2019

  • 2 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Committees and working groups
  • 1 Performance/exhibition

Schooling Food: An exhibition

Deana Leahy (Director), Ana Tiquia (Producer), Warren Taylor (Director), Sian Danielle Supski (Contributor), Zach Beltsos-Russo (Contributor), Anne Michelle Holloway (Contributor)
18 Feb 20191 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPerformance/exhibition

UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Scientific Committee member

Deana Leahy (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Health Education (Journal)

Deana Leahy (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Health Education Journal (Journal)

Deana Leahy (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility