International Advisory Board
Olaf Werder is the Director of the Health Communication Degree Program at the Media and Communications Department of the University of Sydney in Australia and the Project Leader of Health Humanities Research at the Charles Perkins Centre (the University of Sydney’s interdisciplinary research institute surrounding obesity prevention and wellbeing). He received his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Prior to his current academic appointment, he has held academic positions and worked in the communication industry in the United States for about 16 years.
He has been a partner investigator in multi-disciplinary and multi-sector project grants, including an NIH-funded study, exploring the use of student participation in art creation (dance, cartoons) for preventing adolescent obesity. His current research and publications focus on social/ethical dimensions of health and personal self-identification, social ecological modelling of message responses, community-based participation research (CBPR), the interplay of reflective and automatic processes on motivation, and effective coordination of media, policy, and agencies’ communication to achieve partnership and holistic system changes.