Researcher biography

Louise McCuaig is an Associate Professor in Health and Physical Education (HPE) at the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Science, The University of Queensland. Her research and teaching focus on enhancing young people's healthy living through the provision of quality health education in school settings. A focus of these endeavours is the training, preparation and professional development of pre-service and practicing school teachers to enhance their school based health education knowledge and skills. Louise's innovative delivery of advanced PE and specialist Health Education courses has been recognised with the awarding of a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2006) and UQ Teaching Excellence award (2008).

Drawing on social theory, salutogenic philosophies of health and qualitative approaches to research in HPE, Louise's research projects have explored the role of caring teachers, teacher education and school Health and Physical Education in the social and moral education of young people. This work has inspired her current interest in research pertaining to the health of school teachers, salutogenic approaches to school health education, health literacy, health education teacher education and student transition. Broadly speaking, the findings of her research have implications for teacher education; professional development of health educators; design, implementation, accountability and sustainability of school based health education; and, the influence of these strategies and practices on young people's healthy living and wellbeing.