About Me

I’m passionate about health and well-being, particularly that of young people. This passion has been the driving force behind my work in the not for profit sector, in the health and fitness industry and now as a researcher. 

My research interests are in the socio-cultural aspects of young people’s health and well-being as they relate to digital practices. My PhD focuses on young people’s health and their use of social media, the selfie in particular. My project is part of the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, situated within the Young and Resilient Research Centre in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.  

Presentations

2021

  • Marsden, L. (2021, October) Technology, identity and the space in between [Keynote address]. Penrith City Council’s Talks and Ideas event, Will You Marry Me, Alexa?, Sydney, Australia. Link | Link
  • Third, A., Marsden, L. (2021, September) Digital inclusion and online education in the lives of vulnerable young Australians [Client Presentation] Presentation to National Broadband Network, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marsden, L. (2021, August) Dancing with COVID -19 [Panel Presentation]. Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society Seminar “Research in Times of Uncertainty”, Sydney, Australia. Link @ 21mins | Link
  • Marsden, L. (2021, July) Challenging assumptions about young people, health and social media [Three Minute Thesis Competition Entry]. Western Sydney University 3MT Competition, Sydney, Australia. Link | Link
  • Marsden, L. (2021, June) Challenging assumptions about young people, health and social media [Conference Presentation]. Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society Higher Degree Research Conference, Sydney, Australia.

2020

  • Marsden, L. (2020, December) Interrogating the concept of resilience through an examination of young people’s social media practices [Conference Presentation]. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Sydney, Australia.
  • Marsden, L. (2020, December) Images of young' peoples health: A contextual comparison [Conference Presentation]. Australian Association of Adolescent Health Conference, Sydney, Australia. 
  • Marsden, L. (2020, October) Health resilience in young peoples selfie practices [Panel Presentation]. Western Sydney University Research Week, Sydney, Australia. 
  • Marsden, L. (2020, June) Selfies & Health Project [Conference Presentation]. Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society Higher Degree Research Conference, Sydney, Australia.

2019

  • Marsden, L. (2019, December) Selfies & Health Project [Conference Presentation]. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Thompson, K., Marsden, L. (2019, December) School use of ebooks: exploring student health, learning and implications for policy and practice [Conference Presentation]. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Research Projects 

Ongoing

  • Digital Inclusion for Online Learning | Young & Resilient Research Centre
  • The Ripple Movement: Evaluation Phase | Young & Resilient Research Centre

Concluded

  • The Ripple Movement: Co-Design Phase | Young & Resilient Research Centre
  • Office of the eSafety Commissioner Youth Engagement Strategy | Link | Young & Resilient Research Centre
  • Ethical Considerations for Applying BI Approaches involving Children and Adolescents | Young & Resilient Research Centre
  • IAP2 Curriculum Internationalisation | QUT Science and Engineering Faculty
  • Experiences of Health in Australian National Parks project | WSU School of Health Sciences
  • School use of ebooks: exploring student health, learning and implications for policy and practice | Griffith School of Education and Professional Studies 

Teaching Experience

Western Sydney University | Schools of Humanities and Communication Arts
102739: Multiliteracies | Unit Redesign | 2021

Western Sydney University | School of Health and Science
400894: Contemporary Youth Health Issues | Guest Lecturer | 2022
400798: PDHPE Games for Diverse Groups | Assessment marking | 2018

Queensland University of Technology | School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
EUB420: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment: Innovation | Guest Lecturer | 2019, 2020
XNB198: Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science for Teachers | Tutor | 2017, 2018
XNB199: Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science for Teachers 2 | Tutor | 2017
XNB397: Administration of School Sport and HPE | Tutor | 2018

Publications

Moody, L, Marsden, L, Nguyen, B & Third, A. (2021) Consultations with young people to inform the eSafety Commissioner’s Engagement Strategy for Young People, Young and Resilient Research Centre, Western Sydney University: Sydney. Link

Lyell LM*, Wearing SC, Hills AP. (2007) The Role of Perceived Competence in the motivation of obese children to be physically active. In Hills AP, King NA, Byrne NM (Eds) Children, Obesity and Exercise.

Hills, AP, Lyell L*, Byrne NM. (2001) An Evaluation of the Methodology for the Assessment of Body Composition in Children and Adolescents. In Jürimäe T, Hills AP (Eds) Body Composition Assessment in Children and Adolescents.

*published under previous name

Consultancy Projects

Basketball Queensland
Annual Board Evaluation | 2019
Annual Awards Dinner | 2017, 2018, 2019
Child Protection Policy Review | 2017

ACHPER QLD
Brand Identity Review | 2019
Women in Sport Breakfast | 2017

Qualifications

  • Doctorate of Philosophy | Western Sydney University | In progress
  • Level 1 Yoga Teacher | 2019
  • Associate Fellow | Higher Education Academy | 2017
  • Certificate IV in Fitness | 2008 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) | Queensland University of Technology | 2000

Professional Memberships

Academic Citizenship

  • TASA Health Sociology Special Interest Group Convenor | Postgraduate Rep | 2021 - Current
  • WSU Safe Online and Social Media Taskforce Member | Postgraduate Rep | 2021 - Current
  • Health Sociology Review | Editorial Advisory Board Member | 2021 - Current