Deans commendation for PhD – Congratulations Dr Amy Finlay

We congratulate Dr Amy Finlay on being awarded her PhD and for receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Amy Finlay BPsychSci, BHlthSc (Hon), PhD
Thesis:  Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness Online: The development and pilot testing of an internet physical activity program for prostate cancer survivors.
Supervisors: Dr Camille Short and Professor Gary Wittert

Summary:  For her PhD program, Amy worked  closely with consumers (men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer) to systematically co-design and evaluate an on-line computer-tailored program (marketed as Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness online) supporting physical activity after a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Amy worked with men to examine the tailoring factors needed in health promotion messaging and internet use and website feature preferences when seeking information and advice regarding physical activity.  Amy undertook a randomised controlled trial testing two versions of the on-line program.  

Impact: Giving users autonomy when using online computer tailoring is beneficial in e-health lifestyle interventions for men with prostate cancer but Amy’s research highlights that a multifaceted health services approach to supporting men in building self-efficacy and maintaining behaviors is still very important. The recommendations from Amy’s work will guide further e-health programs including those designed for men with prostate cancer.

We wish Amy all the success and happiness for the future.  Amy’s immediate goal is to find a position in public health policy/practice where we have no doubt she will excel and make an impact  Email:


  • McIntosh M, Opozda MJ, Evans H, Finlay A, Galvão DA, Chambers SK, Short CE.A systematic review of the unmet supportive care needs of men on active surveillance for prostate cancer. Psychooncology. 2019 Dec;28(12):2307-2322. doi: 10.1002/pon.5262.   View abstract
  • Forbes CC, Finlay A, McIntosh M, Siddiquee S, Short CE.A systematic review of the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of online supportive care interventions targeting men with a history of prostate cancer. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Feb;13(1):75-96. doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0729-1. View abstract
  • Finlay A, Wittert G, Short CE. A systematic review of physical activity-based behaviour change interventions reaching men with prostate cancer. J Cancer Surviv. 2018 Aug;12(4):571-591. doi: 10.1007/s11764-018-0694-8. View abstract
  • Short CE, Finlay A, Sanders I, Maher C.Development and pilot evaluation of a clinic-based mHealth app referral service to support adult cancer survivors increase their participation in physical activity using publicly available mobile apps. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jan 16;18(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2818-7. View abstract
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