Dr Leesa Costello

Dr Leesa Costello’s areas of expertise include qualitative research methodologies; public health projects that utilise ethnographic, netnographic, and narrative techniques; social marketing and health communication; and early childhood education and care nutrition.

Leesa will contribute to the Healthy Child program, focussing on projects related to grandparents’ and grandchildren’s digital practices, online community platforms for project participants using a netnographic method, and early childhood education and care nutrition and family violence as they relate to digital innovation or implications. Leesa hopes that her work in the Centre will contribute digital solutions to complex social issues such as family violence that can be effectively and safely implemented and accessed by all children and families.

Leesa was identified by Edith Cowan University as one of the Top 10 researchers for income performance (2010/2011) and received the School of Research Medal for Online Community Development (2009). She is widely published in the field, including recent co-authored articles on informing retention in longitudinal cohort studies and caregivers’ mobile phone use and their ability to provide constant supervision to children at Australian public swimming pools. Leesa is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University.

Earliest digital memory
Playing Nintendo 64 – I was a champion on the BMX track!

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