Maximising women’s wellness across the globe

The Women’s Wellness Research Program brings together a range of disciplines in chronic disease including in diabetes, breast cancer, menopause, and older and younger women’s health research

From clinical, academic research in nursing, psychology, medical oncology, pharmacy, exercise oncology, nutrition, community health, epidemiology, nanotechnology, and proteomics biology, the Women’s Wellness research group has a track record of success in multidisciplinary collaborations.

Key focus areas



Breast cancer

Younger women’s issues


Partnerships and collaborations

Located at Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, we partner with multidisciplinary teams from the University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology, Shanghai Ocean University and Kings College London. We enable collaboration between consumers and researchers from information psychology, technology, molecular biology, nursing, medicine, and allied health to advance innovative wellness research.


Professor Debra Anderson

Professor Debra Anderson’s research focuses on understanding the basis and effects of risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them. Her research aims to promote healthy behaviour change in women with and without chronic disease, including midlife women and cancer survivors.


Dr Charlotte Seib

Dr Seib’s research focuses on understanding the potential impact of life stressors on chronic disease risk and health-related quality of life in women. Charrlotte is also the statistician for the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program.


Associate Professor Saras Henderson

Associate Professor Saras Henderson’s research focuses on innovative health service delivery models that are responsive to the health needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations with chronic diseases (diabetes type 2) and in promoting healthy lifestyle contexts for such communities.

Dr Lynda Ross

Lynda Ross is Senior Lecturer at Griffith University and Clinical Domain Lead for Nutrition & Dietetics. She is a Visiting Fellow at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and has clinical experience in nutritional management of obesity and diabetes and expertise in nutrient and food pattern analysis.

Dr Amanda McGuire

After extensive industry experience in a range of clinical, management and teaching roles, Dr McGuire completed a PhD in 2015. Her research interest is health promotion and health behaviour change for the prevention of chronic disease.

Associate Professor Kathleen Baird

Dr Baird holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University and Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education, Women Newborn and Children’s Services at Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Baird’s work has a strong focus on the health response to domestic violence and women’s experiences of intimate partner violence during pregnancy.

Dr Jena Buchan

Dr Jena Buchan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and academic in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Her research and clinical practice interest centres on the physical and psychosocial effects of exercise in the oncology setting.

Professor Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University and is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is a scientist with a PhD in public health nutrition. Her research focus is the treatment and prevention of obesity.

Professor Roianne West

Dr Lauren Ball

Dr Ball is a primary health care researcher with clinical experience in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at Griffith University (until 2019); an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of Queensland and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK).