Lisa Mackay

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Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 7698


Physical Address:
17 Antares Pl, Rosedale, Auckland 0632


BSR, PGradDipHSc, PhD


  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
  • International Network of Time Use Epidemiologists (INTUE)
  • International Physical Activity and the Environment Network (IPEN)

Teaching Areas:

  • Doctoral supervision
  • Masters supervision
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • Cooperative Education

Research Areas:

  • 24 h behavioural time use epidemiology
  • Workplace health and wellbeing
  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior
  • Wellbeing

Research Summary:

Dr Mackay’s research is focused on the application of wearable technologies to profile healthy patterns of time use. Specific behaviours of interest include physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. Her current research involves application of wearable technologies to assess whole-day work demands and recovery practices among shift workers.

Current Research Projects:

  • Understanding job demands and recovery from work
  • Application of raw accelerometer data and machine-learning techniques to characterise physical behaviour (MPhil supervision)
  • Intensive care unit nurse resilience (PhD supervision)
  • 24-hour behavioural time-use profiles and their association with health outcomes and psychosocial work demand in employees (PhD supervision)

Past Projects

  • Healthy Future Mobility Solutions
  • Exploring the eating and physical activity profiles and patterns of New Zealanders (PhD supervision)
  • Work wellbeing assessment (MHSc supervision)
  • Exploring the relationships among physical activity, diet, cognition and behaviour in children (MHSc supervision)
  • Neighbourhoods for Active Kids
  • Sovereign Wellbeing Index
  • Measuring wellbeing in New Zealand (Summer student supervision)
  • Toward a Framework for Positive Health (PhD supervision)
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Activity and Neighbourhoods (URBAN Study)
  • Investigating methods for fundamental movement skill assessment in preschoolers
  • Government ‘Walk the Talk’: Physical and nutritional practice evaluation among government sector organisations and employees
  • Employee health and wellbeing surveys (various organisations)
  • Active Friendly Environments
  • 10,000 Steps Northland evaluation
  • SPARC Best practice review of sport and physical activity interventions for young people
  • Preschool physical activity study