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Kate Prendergast

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Kate is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury, NZ. As part of the CYCLES project in our Societal Understandings theme, Kate examines the lifestyles of young people in cities across the world.

Kate is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury. Her research focuses on the conditions and behaviours that support flourishing individuals and communities.

Kate’s doctoral research was multidisciplinary, integrating positive psychology and public health to explore an approach for promoting health and wellbeing beyond the absence of disease. Her research included quantitative studies, focus groups, and an intervention study.

Kate has previously been employed as a researcher at Auckland University of Technology where she worked across projects spanning wellbeing, the built environment, active travel, physical activity, and nutrition. She was also one of the lead researchers on the Sovereign Wellbeing Index; a longitudinal study investigating the wellbeing of 10,000 New Zealanders.

In CUSP, Kate is a researcher on the CYCLES project (Children & Youth Lifestyles Evaluation Study), which examines the lifestyles of young people in cities across the world.

Selected publications:

Prendergast KB, Mackay LM, Schofield GM 2016. The clustering of lifestyle behaviours in New Zealand and their relationship with optimal wellbeing. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23(5):571-9. doi: 10.1007/s12529-016-9552-0.

Prendergast KB, Schofield GM, Mackay LM 2016. Associations between lifestyle behaviours and optimal wellbeing in a diverse sample of New Zealand adults. BMC Public Health, 16:62. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2755-0.