School of Psychology - Directory - People - Dr Yvette Miller

Dr Yvette Miller
  – Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Yvette Miller
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Postal Address:

School of Psychology
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072

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Dr Yvette Miller

BA (Psych) (Hons)

Professional Activities:

Deputy Director, Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies


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Dr Yvette Miller
Research Activities:

My research expertise is in community-based maternal and infant health promotion and health service delivery, evaluation of large community-based innovative health service reforms, and behavioural epidemiology.

In terms of health service reform, I am particularly interested in effective processes for reorienting maternal care services to become more consumer-focused and woman-centred, and policy and service provision responses to improve informed choice in maternity care.

Much of my research is also focused on population approaches to health behaviour change among women, including the application of behavioural theories to achieve large scale change in disease prevention and health promotion. Most of my research is applied, and about moving interventions that have proven small-scale effectiveness to field settings to establish their potential for population health impact.

My current research is particularly focused on understanding the psychosocial and environmental determinants of health behaviours among women during and after pregnancy. I am interested in how pregnancy and other life transitions during early adulthood affect health behaviors, and the personal and environmental mediators of improving and maintaining healthy behaviours such as good nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation or avoidance.

My research involves collaboration among a broad array of health professionals and social and behavioral scientists who share a public health or population-level perspective in planning and conducting research, and a woman-centred and consumer-focused approach to health service delivery and reform.


Denise Koh (PhD candidate)
Brianna Collins (PhD candidate) - submitted February 2009
Shelley Wilkinson (PhD candidate) - submitted February 2009

Representative Publications:


Fjeldsoe, B.S., Miller, Y.D., & Marshall, A.L. (in press). Text messaging interventions (SMS) for Health behavior Change, in S.M. Noar, & N.G. Harrington (Eds.),Interactive Health Communication Applications: Promising Strategies for Health Behavior Change. Routledge.

Bauman A & Miller YD (2005) The public health potential of health enhancing physical activity. Perspectives Series Volume 6: Health Enhancing Physical Activity.


McIntyre, H.D., Peacock, A., Miller, Y.D., Koh, D., & Marshall, A.L. Pilot study of an individualised early post partum intervention to increase physical activity in women with previous gestational diabetes. (in press, accepted 11th January 2012). International Journal of Endocrinology.

Fjeldsoe, B.S., Miller, Y.D., & Marshall, A.L. (in press, accepted 30th December 2011). Social cognitive mediators of the effect of the MobileMums intervention on physical activity. Health Psychology.

 Stevens, G., & Miller, Y.D. (in press, accepted 2nd November 2011). Overdue Choices: How Information and Role in Decision-Making Influence Women’s Preferences for Induction for Prolonged Pregnancy. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care.

Liu, X., Miller, Y.D., Burton N.W., Chang, J.H. & Brown W.J. (2011). Qi-Gong Mind–Body Therapy and Diabetes Control: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41,152-8.

Thompson, R & Miller, Y.D. (2011). Lost in Translation? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(1), 1-3.

Miller YD. (2010) Psychological Determinants and Outcomes of Sedentary and Physical Activity Behaviours. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17 (4), 243-245. DOI: 10.1007/s12529-010-9115-8 .

Wilkinson, S.A., Miller, Y.D., & Watson, B. (2010). The effects of a woman-focussed, woman-held resource on preventive health behaviors during pregnancy: The Pregnancy Pocketbook. Women & Health, 50(4):342-58.

Liu X, Miller YD, Burton NW, Brown WJ (2010). A preliminary study of the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong medical exercise on indicators of metabolic syndrome, glycaemic control, health-related quality of life, and psychological health in adults with elevated blood glucose. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44: 704-709.

Fjeldsoe, B.S., Miller, Y.D., & Marshall, A.L. (2010). MobileMums: a randomized controlled trial of an SMS-based physical activity intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 101-111.

Marshall, A.L., Miller, Y.D., Burton, N.W., & Brown, W.J. (2010). Measuring total and domain-specific sitting: a study of reliability and validity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 42(6); 1094-1102.

Koh, D., Miller, Y.D., Marshall, A.L., Brown, W.J. & McIntyre, D. (2009). Health-enhancing physical activity behaviour and related factors in postpartum women with recent gestational diabetes mellitus. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13, 42-45.

Wilkinson, SA., Miller, YD., & Watson, B. (2009). Prevalence of health behaviours in pregnancy at service entry in a Queensland health service district. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 33(3), 228-33.

Brown, W.J., Heesch, K., & Miller, Y.D. (2009). Life events and changing physical activity patterns in women at different life stages. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 294-305.

Fjeldsoe, B.S., Marshall, A.L. & Miller, Y.D. (2009). Measurement properties of the Australian Women's Activity Survey. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, 1020-1033.

Fjeldsoe, B.S, Marshall, A.L., & Miller, Y.D. (2009). Behavior change interventions delivered by mobile telephone short messaging service (SMS).  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36,165-173.

Brown, W.J., Burton, N.W., Marshall, A.L., & Miller, Y.D. (2008). Reliability and validity of a modified self-administered version of the Active Australia physical activity survey in a sample of mid-age women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32, 535-541.

Merom, D., Miller, Y.D., van der Ploeg, H., & Bauman, A. (2008). Predictors of initiating and maintaining active commuting to work using transport and public health perspectives in Australia. Preventive Medicine, 47, 342-346.

Liu, X, Miller YD, Burton NW & Brown WJ (2008). A preliminary study of the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong medical exercise on indicators of metabolic syndrome and glycaemic control in adults with elevated blood glucose. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 13(4):427-433.

Wilkinson S, Miller YD (2007). Improving health behaviours during pregnancy: A new direction for the pregnancy handheld record. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 47: 464-467.

Heesch KC, Miller YD & Brown WJ. (2007). Relationship between physical activity and stiff or painful joints in mid-aged and older women: A 3 year prospective study. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 9: R34.

Liu X, Miller YD & Brown WJ. (2007) The role of Qigong exercise in the management of diabetes. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 13 (4): 427-434. 

Collins, BS, Marshall AL & Miller YD (2007) Physical activity in women with young children: How can we assess "anything that's not sitting"? Women & Health, 45(2).

Miller YD & Bauman AE. (2005) Development of a chronic disease risk factor index and identifying population subgroups at risk using New South Wales Adult Health Survey 2002 data. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin,16 (9-10), 141-147 .

Miller YD & Brown WJ (2005) Determinants of active leisure for women with young children – an ‘ethic of care’ prevails. Leisure Sciences, 27 (5), 405-420.

Brown WJ & Miller YD. (2005) International differences in management of physical activity data: can they explain some of the difference in prevalence estimates? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2 (4), 460-468.

Merom D, Miller YD, Lymer S & Bauman AE. (2005) The effect of a national ‘walk to work day’ campaign on active commuting and physical activity behaviour. American Journal of Health Promotion, 19(3), 159-162.

Miller YD & Dunstan DW (2004) The effectiveness of physical activity for the treatment of overweight and obesity and type 2 diabetes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 7(Supplement 1), 52-59.

Brown WJ, Miller YD & Miller R. (2003) Sitting time and work patterns as indicators of overweight and obesity in Australian adults. International Journal of Obesity, 27, 1340–1346.

Miller R & Miller YD. (2003) Nifty after Fifty: Evaluation of a Physical Activity Directory for Older People. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(5), 524-528.

Miller YD, Brown WJ, Smith N & Chiarelli P (2003) Managing Urinary Incontinence across the lifespan. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10(2), 143-161.

Miller YD, Brown WJ, Russel A & Chiarelli P. (2003) Urinary Incontinence across the Lifespan. Neurourology & Urodynamics, 22(6) 550-557.

Miller YD, Trost SG, Brown WJ. (2002) Mediators of physical activity behaviour change among women with young children. American J Preventive Medicine 23, (2S) 98-103.

Brown P, Brown W, Miller Y. (2002). Madres activas: la actividad física de las madres con hijos pequeños: obstáculos, estrategias y politicas de salud pública. In: Setién ML, Marugán AL (editors) "Mujeres y Ocio. Nuevas redes de espacios y tiempos. Documentos de Estudios de Ocio num 19. 171-187.

Brown WJ, Miller YD. (2001) Too wet to exercise? Leaking urine as a barrier to physical activity in women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 4(4), 373-378.

Brown PR, Brown WJ, Miller YD, Hansen V. (2001) Perceived Constraints and Social Support for Active Leisure Among Mothers With Young Children. Leisure Sciences, 23(3), pp131-144.


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Dr Yvette Miller
Women's health. Preventive healthcare. Pregnancy and postnatal healthcare. Community-based heath promotion.
Health - women's, Women's health, Healthcare - preventative, Preventative healthcare, Health - preventative, Pregnancy, Community health, Health - community, Babies
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC4982 - Current Issues in Psychology II

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

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