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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Adult and emerging adult mental health
  • Diet and exercise lifestyle behaviours
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Mental health promotion and early intervention in educational settings

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Sarah Dash

Dr Sarah Dash is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University. Her work examines the role of lifestyle, in particular diet and physical activity, on mental health. Sarah’s background is in psychology and her doctoral work examined the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of depression.

Sarah’s research interests include lifestyle interventions for the promotion of physical and mental health, particularly among emerging adults.

She is also interested in the development and evaluation of public health interventions, and the equity in health interventions.


  • PhD, Deakin University, Australia, 2017
  • MPH, University of Waterloo, Canada (in progress)
  • BA (Psychology), University of British Columbia, Canada, 2012

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Craike, M., Pascoe, M., Dash, S., Parker, A., & Calder, R. (210803). Improving the mental health of young people in tertiary education settings. Mitchell Institute.

doi: 10.26196/bat2-0676

Year Citation
2022 Dash, S., Bourke, M., Parker, A. G., Dadswell, K., & Pascoe, M. C. (220701). Lifestyle behaviours and mental health and wellbeing of tertiary students during COVID-19 lockdown in Australia: A cross-sectional study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 116

doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2022.152324

2022 Collins, S., Dash, S., Allender, S., Jacka, F., & Hoare, E. (220601). Diet and Mental Health During Emerging Adulthood: A Systematic Review. Emerging Adulthood, 10(3), (645-659).

doi: 10.1177/2167696820943028

2022 Parker, A. G., Trott, E., Bourke, M., Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Dadswell, K., Craike, M., McLean, S. A., Dash, S., & Pascoe, M. (220501). Young people's attitudes towards integrating physical activity as part of mental health treatment: A cross-sectional study in youth mental health services. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 16(5), (518-526).

doi: 10.1111/eip.13189

2022 Parker, A., Dash, S., Bourke, M., Patten, R., Craike, M., Baldwin, P., Hosking, W., Levinger, I., Apostolopoulos, V., & de, Courten. (220201). A Brief, Daily, Online Mental Health and Well-being Intervention for University Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Program Description and Outcomes Using a Mixed Methods Design. JMIR Formative Research, 6(2),

doi: 10.2196/35776

2022 Bourke, M., Patten, R. K., Dash, S., Pascoe, M., Craike, M., Firth, J., Bailey, A., Jacka, F., & Parker, A. G. (220201). The Effect of Interventions That Target Multiple Modifiable Health Behaviors on Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Young People: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Journal of Adolescent Health, 70(2), (208-219).

doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.08.005

2021 Dash, S., Bourke, M., Parker, A. G., Trott, E., & Pascoe, M. C. (210101). Mindfulness is associated with reduced barriers to exercise via decreasing psychological distress in help-seeking young adults: A cross-sectional brief report. Early Intervention in Psychiatry,

doi: 10.1111/eip.13249

2020 Petersen, K. S., Malta, D., Rae, S., Dash, S., Webster, J., McLean, R., Thout, S. R., Campbell, N. RC., & Arcand, J. A. (201001). Further evidence that methods based on spot urine samples should not be used to examine sodium-disease relationships from the Science of Salt: A regularly updated systematic review of salt and health outcomes (November 2018 to August 2019). Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 22(10), (1741-1753).

doi: 10.1111/jch.13958

2020 Dash, S., Delibasic, V., Alsaeed, S., Ward, M., Jefferson, K., Manca, D. P., & Arcand, J. A. (201001). Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours Related to Physician-Delivered Dietary Advice for Patients with Hypertension. Journal of Community Health, 45(5), (1067-1072).

doi: 10.1007/s10900-020-00831-x

2020 Sivakumar, B., Malta, D., Mak, S., Dash, S., Newton, G. E., & Arcand, J. A. (200609). Evaluating the confounding effects of medical therapies on potassium intake assessment in patients with heart failure. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 30(6), (1005-1013).

doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2020.02.010

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Master of Research Associate supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Dr. Sarah Dash is a sessional academic and teaches into masters-level subjects including Physical Activity and Mental Health (SCL6002). She is the subject coordinator for Behavioural Aspects of Active Living (SMG7240).


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.