Brea is an early career Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks and a practising physiotherapist.
Before joining BehaviourWorks, Brea worked as a physiotherapist at Cabrini Health and as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne in the area of diabetes management in general practice.
Brea has a PhD from Federation University Australia. Her thesis was on the behaviour change techniques physiotherapists use to encourage their patients to be physically active. She also explored the barriers and facilitators that physiotherapists experience when attempting to promote physical activity.
Brea also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Deakin University and Health Science from La Trobe University and a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University.
As a generalist researcher, Brea’s current research and research methods include literature reviews and coordinating both interview and survey studies. Brea has several peer-reviewed publications as first author, has presented at several local and international conferences and engages with industry by delivering professional development seminars.
In her spare time, Brea loves spending time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys heading to the gym to build up a sweat and keep herself fit and healthy. Brea has run several marathons and rode her bike from Melbourne to Sydney in 2011 to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. Her personal commitment to physical activity and health strengthens her passion for research that focuses on health promotion.