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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

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

Available to supervise research students

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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., Trott, E., & Pascoe, M. C. (220901). 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, 16(9), (1049-1054).

doi: 10.1111/eip.13249

2022 Bourke, M., Patten, R. K., Klamert, L., Klepac, B., Dash, S., & Pascoe, M. C. (220815). The acute affective response to physical activity in people with depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 311 (353-363).

doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.089

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

2022 Pascoe, M. C., Dash, S., Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Patten, R. K., & Parker, A. G. (220101). The engagement of tertiary students with an online mental health intervention during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: A feasibility study. Digital Health, 8

doi: 10.1177/20552076221117746

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

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.