Section: Overview
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

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
2023 McNamara, S., Nichols, T., Dash, S., de, Courten., & Calder, R. (231001). Sleep: a core pillar of health and wellbeing : Improving population sleep health toreduce preventable illness and injury -Policy Evidence Review. Melbourne, Australia: Mitchell Institute.

doi: 10.26196/46p5-zm72

2023 McNamara, S., Nichols, T., Dash, S., de, Courten., & Calder, R. (231001). Sleep: a core pillar of health and wellbeing : Improving Population Sleep Health to Reduce Preventable Illness and Injury - A PolicyEvidence Brief. Melbourne, Australia: Mitchell Institute.

doi: 10.26196/03mf-pt93

2023 Klepac, Pogrmilovic., Dash, S., Pascoe, M., Patten, R., Bourke, M., & Parker, A. (230101). ' VU Elevenses' - The engagement of Victoria University employees with an online mental health intervention during COVID-19 pandemic. Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University.

doi: 10.26196/myj3-a950

Year Citation
2023 Bourke, M., Pogrmilovic, B. K., Dash, S., Pila, E., & Hosking, W. (230101). Men s goal-oriented motives, physical activity experiences and body-related perceptions: a latent profile analysis. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology,

doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2023.2214152

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

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

NSPO Social Prescribing Project
From: Social Prescribing for Suicide Prevention evidence review
Other investigators: Ms Rosemary Calder
For period: 2023-2023

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

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.