Sue Pearson

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Sue Pearson


Room 243-04 (Level 2) , Medical Science 2

+61 3 6226 4712 (phone)

+61 3 6226 4788 (fax)

Administrative expertise

  • Coordinator Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  • Honours Program Coordinator


Teaching responsibility

Units Taught
Units Coordinated

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Research Themes

Dr Pearson's research aligns with the university's research theme of Better Health. She has a strong interest in the interplay between psychosocial factors and chronic disease. She is particularly interested in the relationship of depression with diabetes and the particular pathways that might explain this association. She also has an interest in adverse outcomes associated with depression and people living with diabetes.

Fields of Research

  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Acute care (420501)
  • Epidemiology (420299)
  • Health care administration (420306)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Surgery (320226)
  • Endocrinology (320208)
  • Podiatry (420107)
  • Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) (320101)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Behavioural neuroscience (520202)
  • Educational psychology (520102)
  • Oncology and carcinogenesis (321199)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Health informatics and information systems (420308)
  • Rural and regional geography (440609)
  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Behavioural epidemiology (420201)
  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Neurosciences (320999)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Treatment of human diseases and conditions (200105)
  • Nursing (200307)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Mental health services (200305)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Unpaid work and volunteering (230504)
  • Disability and functional capacity (200403)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Employment patterns and change (230501)
  • Rural and remote area health (200508)
  • Arts (130199)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Social structure and health (200207)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)


Total publications


Journal Article

(30 outputs)
2021Banks C, Pearson S, 'Personality, staff attitudes and their association with absenteeism and presenteeism in Australian public sector hospital-based nurses: A cross-sectional study', Journal of Nursing Management pp. 1-8. ISSN 0966-0429 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13443 [eCite] [Details]


2020Kendal D, Egerer M, Byrne JA, Jones PJ, Marsh P, et al., 'City-size bias in knowledge on the effects of urban nature on people and biodiversity', Environmental Research Letters, 15 Article 124035. ISSN 1748-9326 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abc5e4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Kendal D; Byrne JA; Jones PJ; Marsh P; Allegretto G; Kaplan H; Nguyen HKD; Wright A; Flies EJ


2020Marsh P, Mallick S, Flies E, Jones P, Pearson S, et al., 'Trust, connection and equity: Can understanding context help to establish successful Campus Community Gardens?', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (20) pp. 1-25. ISSN 1660-4601 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17207476 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Marsh P; Mallick S; Flies E; Jones P; Koolhof I; Byrne J; Kendal D


2019Heather J, Shannon E, Pearson S, 'Analysing a resilience development program: Who benefits', Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 14, (2) pp. 31-39. ISSN 1833-3818 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.24083/apjhm.v14i2.253 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Shannon E


2019Hunter D, Wright C, Pearson S, 'Employing positive psychology to improve radiation therapy workplace culture', Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, 66, (2) pp. 139-144. ISSN 2051-3909 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1002/jmrs.321 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2019Symons JL, Jamison J, Dening J, Murray L, Pearson S, 'Improving care coordination in community physical rehabilitation: A qualitative study of the change framework', International Journal of Care Coordination, 22, (3-4) pp. 140-147. ISSN 2053-4345 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2053434519895423 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2


2019Symons JL, Jamison J, Dening J, Murray L, Pearson S, 'A qualitative study of care coordination in community physical rehabilitation', International Journal of Care Coordination, 22, (3-4) pp. 148-156. ISSN 2053-4345 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2053434519895418 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2018Palaya J, Pearson S, Nash T, 'Perception of social support in individuals living with a diabetic foot: a qualitative study', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 146 pp. 267-277. ISSN 0168-8227 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.10.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6


2018Pearson S, Wills K, Woods M, Warnecke E, 'Effects of mindfulness on psychological distress and HbA1c in people with diabetes', Mindfulness, 9, (5) pp. 1615-1626. ISSN 1868-8527 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12671-018-0908-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Wills K; Warnecke E


2017Harris W, Rotheram A, Pearson S, Lucas PV, Edwards D, et al., 'Paramedic confidence in estimating external blood loss', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 14, (3) Article 2. ISSN 2202-7270 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Harris W; Rotheram A; Lucas PV; Edwards D; Williams A-M


2017Pearson S, Ogden K, Warnecke E, Howes F, 'Research: Why aren't more medical students doing it?', Australasian Medical Journal, 10, (12) pp. 1063-1070. ISSN 1836-1935 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.21767/AMJ.2017.3257 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Ogden K; Warnecke E; Howes F


2017Shannon EA, Pearson S, Quinn W, Macintyre K, 'Who benefits? What benefits? Part-time postgraduate study in health and human services', International Journal of Lifelong Education, 36, (4) pp. 422-441. ISSN 0260-1370 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2016.1265600 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Shannon EA; Quinn W; Macintyre K


2014Pearson S, Nash T, Ireland V, 'Depression symptoms in people with diabetes attending outpatient podiatry clinics for the treatment of foot ulcers', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7 Article 47. ISSN 1757-1146 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13047-014-0047-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12


2013Moran C, Phan TG, Chen J, Blizzard L, Beare R, et al., 'Brain atrophy in type 2 diabetes: Regional distribution and influence on cognition', Diabetes Care, 36, (12) pp. 4036-4042. ISSN 0149-5992 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2337/dc13-0143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 287Web of Science - 273

Co-authors: Blizzard L; Venn A; Srikanth V


2013Srikanth V, Westcott B, Forbes J, Phan TG, Beare R, et al., 'Methylglyoxal, cognitive function and cerebral atrophy in older people', Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences., 68, (1) pp. 68-73. ISSN 1079-5006 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/gerona/gls100 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 59Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: Srikanth V; Venn A


2011Warnecke E, Pearson S, 'Medical students' perceptions of using e-learning to enhance the acquisition of consulting skills', Australasian Medical Journal, 4, (6) pp. 300-307. ISSN 1836-1935 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.736 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16

Co-authors: Warnecke E


2010Pearson S, Schmidt M, Patton G, Dwyer T, Blizzard L, et al., 'Depression and Insulin Resistance: Cross-sectional associations in young adults', Diabetes Care, 33, (5) pp. 1128-1133. ISSN 0149-5992 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2337/dc09-1940 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 67

Co-authors: Schmidt M; Blizzard L; Otahal P; Venn A


2007Hassen TA, Pearson S, Cowled PA, Fitridge RA, 'Preoperative nutritional status predicts the severity of the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) following major vascular surgery', European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 33, (6) pp. 696-702. ISSN 1078-5884 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2006.12.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31


2006Inglis S, Pearson S, Treen S, Galasch T, Horowitz JD, et al., 'Extending the horizon in chronic heart failure: Effects of multidisciplinary, home-based intervention relative to usual care', Circulation, 114, (23) pp. 2466-2473. ISSN 0009-7322 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.638122 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 102Web of Science - 84


2006McLennan SN, Pearson S, Cameron J, Stewart S, 'Prognostic importance of cognitive impairment in chronic heart failure patients: Does specialist management make a difference?', European Journal of Heart failure, 8, (5) pp. 494-501. ISSN 1388-9842 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ejheart.2005.11.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 75Web of Science - 61


2006Pearson S, Inglis S, McLennan S, Brennan L, Russell M, et al., 'Prolonged Effects of a Home-Based Intervention in Patients With Chronic Illness', Archives of Internal Medicine, 166, (6) pp. 645-650. ISSN 0003-9926 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1001/archinte.166.6.645 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49Web of Science - 44


2005Pearson S, Fitridge R, Maddern G, 'The role of pre-operative state-anxiety in the determination of intra-operative neuroendocrine responses and recovery ', British Journal of Health Psychology, 10, (2) pp. 299-310. ISSN 1359-107X (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1348/135910705X26957 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17


2005Pearson S, Maddern G, Hewett P, 'Interacting effects of preoperative information and patient choice in adaptation to colonoscopy', Diseases of The Colon and Rectum, 48, (11) pp. 2047-2054. ISSN 0012-3706 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10350-005-0172-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 20


2005Pearson S, Spark IJ, Hassen T, Cowled P, Fitridge R, 'Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm reduces intraoperative cortisol and perioperative morbidity', Journal of Vascular Surgery, 41, (6) pp. 919-925. ISSN 0741-5214 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2005.02.040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 14


2004Finch JG, Fosh BG, Anthony AA, Texler M, Pearson S, et al., 'The use of a 'liquid' electrode in hepatic electrolysis', Journal of Surgical Research, 120, (2) pp. 272-277. ISSN 0022-4804 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2004.03.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3


2003Pearson S, Maddern G, Fitridge R, 'Cognitive performance in patients after carotid endarterectomy', Journal of Vascular Surgery, 38, (6) pp. 1248-1252. ISSN 0741-5214 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0741-5214(03)00786-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 29


2000Pearson S, Moraw I, Maddern G, 'Clinical pathway management of total knee arthroplasty: a retrospective comparative study', The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery, 70, (5) pp. 351-354. ISSN 0004-8682 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01819.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 43


1999Luck A, Pearson S, Maddern G, Hewett P, 'Effects of video information on precolonoscopy anxiety and knowledge: a randomised trial', The Lancet, 354, (9195) pp. 2032-5.. ISSN 0140-6736 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(98)10495-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 180Web of Science - 177


1999Stewart S, Vandenbroeck AJ, Pearson S, Horowitz JD, 'Prolonged beneficial effects of a home-based intervention on unplanned readmissions and mortality among patients with congestive heart failure', Archives of Internal Medicine, 159, (3) pp. 257-61. ISSN 0003-9926 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1001/archinte.159.3.257 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 213Web of Science - 174


1998Stewart S, Pearson S, Horowitz JD, 'Effects of a home-based intervention among patients with congestive heart failure discharged from acute hospital care', Archives of Internal Medicine, 158, (10) pp. 1067-72. ISSN 0003-9926 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1001/archinte.158.10.1067 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 367Web of Science - 296


Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
2019Chamley B, Kitsos A, Pearson S, Wyrsch M, Bettiol S, 'Young people accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare supported by the Tasmania Youth Health Fund 2004-2017', Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium, 2 July, Launceston, Tasmania (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Kitsos A; Bettiol S


2017Nash RE, Macintyre K, Bettiol SS, Quinn WJ, Murray LJ, et al., 'Six Rights to a Masters in Public Health Curriculum Redesign', CAPHIA 2017 Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum, 20-21 July 2017, Sydney (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Nash RE; Macintyre K; Bettiol SS; Quinn WJ; Murray LJ; Vandenberg MD; Yee KC; Mauldon E; Van Dam PJ; O'Reilly JB; Griffin P; Hart EE

2017Shannon EA, Pearson S, 'Community volunteering: Understanding motivation, sustaining participation, capturing benefits', 15th World Congress on Public Health, 3-7 April, 2017, Melbourne, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Shannon EA

2015Macintyre K, Bettiol SS, Murray LJ, Pearson S, O'Reilly JB, 'The evolution of the Master of Public Health at the University of Tasmania', Council Of Academic Public Health Institutions Australia CAPHIA Teaching And Learning Forum, 10-11 September, 2015, Melbourne, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Macintyre K; Bettiol SS; Murray LJ; O'Reilly JB

2013Nash T, Ireland V, Pearson S, 'Assessment of depression in people with diabetes attending outpatient clinics for the treatment of foot ulceration', Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 2-5 June 2013, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1. ISSN 1757-1146 (2013) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1186/1757-1146-6-S1-O28 [eCite] [Details]


2013Nash T, Ireland V, Pearson S, 'Assessment of depression in people with diabetes attending outpatient clinics for the treatment of foot ulcers', Australasian Podiatry Council (APodC) Biennial Scientific Conference 2013, 2-5 June, 2013, Sydney, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Pearson S, Nash T, Ireland V, 'Depression prevalence in people with diabetes and foot ulcers attending podiatry outpatient clinics', World Diabetes Congress 2013, 2-6 December, 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2010Pearson S, Sanderson K, Cleland V, Venn A, 'Get Moving at Work: Evaluation of a Resource Kit for Workplace Health and Wellbeing Programs', Report for the Tasmanian Premier's Physical Activity Council, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-23. (2010) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Sanderson K; Cleland V; Venn A

2009Pearson S, Otahal P, Venn A, '2009 Tasmanian Population Health Survey Selected Findings', 2009 Tasmanian Population Health Survey Selected Findings, Population Health Unit, Department of Health and Human Services, Australia, pp. 1-79. (2009) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Otahal P; Venn A

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Volunteering in Tasmania: Understanding motivation, sustaining participation (2016)$38,417
Research on the motivation to engage and continue volunteering in Tasmania, and the physical and mental benefits of volunteering. It was developed in partnership with Volunteering Tasmania, City of Hobart, Hydro Tasmania and the RACT. The work is expected to give us information about the differences across non-government, public sector and corporate volunteering (if any) and the differences between categories of volunteer participation (if any) eg between volunteer motivation in sporting, health-related and environmental groups (amongst others).
Tasmanian Community Fund ($38,417)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shannon EA; Pearson S
Recognition and treatment of depression in diabetics with foot ulcers (2011)$9,362
Tasmanian Community Fund ($9,362)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pearson S; Venn A
Inter-relationships between life-stage transitions, depression and cardio-metabolic health in young adults (2009 - 2010)$349,700
National Health & Medical Research Council ($349,700)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Venn A; Dwyer T; Patton GC; Sanderson Kristy; McNaughton S; Gall SL; Pearson S
2009 - 2010
Grant Reference
WHO Fellowship Program (2007)$13,000
World Health Organisation ($13,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blizzard CL; Otahal P; Schmidt MD; Gall SL; Pearson S
A study of mechanisms of cognitive decline in Type 2 diabetes mellitus (2007 - 2009)$492,575
National Health & Medical Research Council ($492,575)
Administered By
Monash University
Research Team
Srikanth V; Forbes J; Phan T; Muench G; Pearson S; Venn A
2007 - 2009
Grant Reference

Research Supervision






PhDEnhancing Quality of Life Using Complete Denture Wearing Coping Mechanisms2019
MastersA Model for Enhancing the Outcomes for People with Disability at End of Life2019
PhDCreating Change The Use of Creative Arts Methods in Sustainable Living Focused Social Change and its Role in Creating Wellness Enhancing Change2021


PhDDoes Mental Health Literacy Influence Confidence and Attitudes of Paramedics when Managing Patients with Mental Illness and Suicide Ideations?
Candidate: Lisa Clegg