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Senior Lecturer in Psychology, CQUniversity Australia

Dr Karena Burke's primary research interests are in the areas of preventive health, adjustment, and well-being at both individual and organisational levels and the development of health concepts in children. Karena has a keen interest in the role of food and food choices in health, well-being and development, and is currently conducting a range of projects examining the factors that influence food choices, and the difficulties faced by those with food intolerances and food allergies.
Dr Burke completed her doctoral studies at the University of Tasmania in Launceston where she also held positions as an Associate Lecturer and Junior Research Fellow within the School of Psychology. Her PhD project examined the adjustments made by police officers when they enter the police profession.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research


  • 2009 
    University of Tasmania, PhD (Life Sciences - Psychology)
  • 2003 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts - First Class Honours