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Personal profile


Deana is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives to critically study health education - from policy formations to their translations into everyday 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, festivals, kitchen gardens, and various digital technology platforms.  Deana has just completed working on two ARC Discovery Projects that sought to 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

* co design based approaches in education and 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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Research Output

Social Theory and Health Education: Forging New Insights in Research

Leahy, D. (ed.), Fitzpatrick, K. (ed.) & Wright, J. (ed.), 2020, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 270 p. (Critical Studies in Health and Education)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Why do we need social theory in health education?

Leahy, D., Fitzpatrick, K. & Wright, J., 2020, Social Theory and Health Education: Forging New Insights in Research. Leahy, D., Fitzpatrick, K. & Wright, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 1-6 6 p. (Critical Studies in Health and Education).

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

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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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


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

Leahy, Deana (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


  • 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