Researcher biography

Tayla has a background in cognitive and social psychology. She completed her Honours project in women's wellbeing and how this affects group participation and evaluation, and her Master’s project in communication patterns and attitudes of teams, and how this relates to behavioural and performance outcomes. Both qualifications were completed at the University of Otago.

Tayla is a fitness instructor by training, instructing group fitness classes in gyms since 2013. She commenced her PhD in 2017 in women’s health, specifically pelvic floor dysfunction, and the relationships between weight, physical activity, and urinary incontinence – an important indicator of pelvic floor dysfunction.

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Research interests

Pelvic health, women’s health, physical activity, exercise interventions for urinary incontinence

Project title

Understanding the relationships between physical activity and urinary incontinence


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