Dr Samantha Marsh
Dr Samantha Marsh is a research fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Her PhD investigated the relationship between screen use and childhood obesity in New Zealand children and adolescents.
Since graduating in 2016 she has been awarded two postdoctoral fellowships, including a Lottery Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She has also secured several external research grants, including two prestigious grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Her areas of interest are varied, ranging from sleep, obesity, and feeding behaviours in young children, to social media use, youth mental health, cyberbullying, and vaccine hesitancy. Her approach to addressing these diverse issues is grounded in relationship science, and she often draws on her 10 years' experience in science communication to disseminate her research ideas both within and outside the academic community. Recently she has become particularly interested in the use of story telling and narratives to effectively communicate science information to New Zealanders.
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