Associate Professor Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

Behavioural and Implementation Research and Evaluation (BIRdE) Group Lead

Research summary

A/Professor Natalie Taylor is a Health Psychologist and Implementation Scientist with expertise in health systems and health behaviours research. She leads the Behavioural and Implementation Research and Evaluation (BIRdE) Group. Her program of research focuses on using behaviour change theory and implementation science to enhance health behaviours, improve healthcare quality and safety, and testing the cost-effectiveness of implementation interventions. Natalie leads the development and delivery of international behaviour change workshops and toolkits for healthcare professionals to facilitate and test the impact of the transfer of research evidence into practice.


  • PhD in Health Psychology, University of Leeds (UK)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, Loughborough University (UK)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)


  • Ziegler, D., Ekert, P., Kavallaris, M., O’Brien, T., Cowley, M., Wakefield, C., Taylor, N., Dawson, S. & Vittorio, O. Implementing novel therapeutic strategies for childhood brain cancer patients. Cancer Institute NSW. $3,750,000. (2020-2025).  
  • Sansom-Daly, U.M., Kelada, L., Wakefield, C.E., Cohn, R.J., McGill, B.C., Girgis, A., Patterson, P., Taylor, N., Miller, A., Beattie, A., Schleicher, N., and Hanbury, N. (2020). Partnering with community organisations to deliver online resilience programs for young people and parents after cancer treatment. E/MCR Seed Grant Funding awarded from the Sydney Partnership for Health, Enterprise and Research (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group. $50,000 (12 months). 
  • Debono D, Travaglia J, Robertson H, Saunders C, Biggs J, Carnemolla P, Taylor, N., Phillips J, Luckett T, Svejkar D. Embedding evaluation as part of core business: A customised, co-designed evaluation framework to improve outcomes for people with disabilities, their families and carers. Onemda Project Grant. $ 245,000 (2019-2020). 
  • Best S, Gaff C, Taylor, N., Brown H. Genomics frameworks: translating research into clinical care. Ministry of Health contract. $30,000 (2019). 
  • Williams, R., Tucker, K., Wakefield, C., & Taylor, N. CONTACT: CONsultation via Telehealth to Access Cancer geneTic counselling. Translational Cancer Research Network. $77,800 (2018-2020). 
  • Taylor, N., Tucker, K., Macrae, F., Gill, A., Pachter, N., Parkinson, B., Solomon, M., Shaw, T., & Kench, J. Hide and seek with hereditary cancer: Improving detection of colorectal cancer patients with a high risk of Lynch syndrome. Cancer Australia. $579,140. (2017-2020). ID: 1123924
  • Taylor, N.Translating evidence into practice for hereditary cancer. Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellowship. $598,251. (2017-2020). ID: 2017/CDF005
  • Taylor, N., Gaff, C., & Braithwaite, J. Implementation of Genomic Sequencing into Clinical Practice. Australian Genomics Health Alliance. ($240,000)
  • Westbrook, J., Braithwaite, J., Day, R., Middleton, S., Scott, D., Rapport, F., Mitchell, R., Baysari, M., Li, L., & Taylor, N. Creating a culture of safety and respect: a controlled, mixed methods study of the effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours. NHMRC Partnership Project Grant. $875,978.40. (2018-2022). ID: 1134459.
  • Williams, R., Tucker, K., Wakefield, C., & Taylor, N. Consultation via Telehealth to Access Cancer genetic counselling. Translational Cancer Research Network. $77,800 (2018-2020).

Academic affiliations

Current student supervision

April Morrow, The University of Sydney, Thesis “Investigating factors affecting the impact of interventions to improve referral of colorectal cancer patients with a high risk of Lynch syndrome.”

Natalie is available to supervise PhD students enrolled at The University of Sydney and Macquarie University.

Selected key publications

Tsipa A, O’Connor DB, Branley DB, Day F, Hall L, Sykes-Muskett B, Taylor N, Connor M. Promoting colorectal cancer screening in low and non-low socio-economic status groups: A systematic review and meta-analysis. (2020) Health Psychol Rev 

Taylor, N., Clay-Williams, R., Ting, H.P., et al. (2020). Validation of the Patient Measure of Safety (PMOS) questionnaire in Australian public hospitals. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. Deepening our Understanding of Quality in Australia (DUQuA) Supplement. 

Kang, Y.J., Killen, J., Caruana, M., Simms, K., Taylor, N., Frayling, I.M., … Canfell, K. (2019). The predicted impact and cost-effectiveness of systematic testing of people with incident colorectal cancer for Lynch Syndrome. MJA.  

Taylor, N., Mitchell, G., Kang, Y.J., Jenkins, M., Tucker, K., & Macrae, F. (2019). Opportunities for Lynch syndrome testing. Public Health Research and Practice.  

Morrow, A., Hogden, E., Kang, Y.J., Steinberg, J., Canfell, K., Solomon, M., … Taylor, N. (2019). Comparting theory and non-theory based implementation approaches to improving referral practices in cancer genetics: a cluster randomised trial protocol. BMC Trials.   

Long, J.C., Winata, T., Debono, D., Phan-Thien, K-C., Zhu, C., & Taylor, N. (2019). Process evaluation of a behavior change approach to improving clinical practice for detecting hereditary cancer. BMC Health Services Research.  

Taylor, N. Best, S., Martyn, M., Long, J., North, K., Braithwaite, J., & Gaff, C. (2019). A transformative translational change programme to introduce genomics into healthcare: a complexity and implementation science study protocol. BMJ Open.  

Clay-Williams, R., Taylor, N., & Braithwaite, J. (2018). Multi-centre health services research governance: potential solutions to the burden of regulation and bureaucracy. MJA.  

Long, J.C., Debono, D., Williams, R., Chin, M., & Taylor, N. (2018). Using behaviour change and implementation science to address low referral rates in oncology. BMC HSR.  

Healey, E., Taylor, N., Williams, R., et al. (2017). Quantifying dissemination rates and identifying barriers to communication of risk information in Australian BRCA families. Genetics in Family Medicine.  

Taylor, N., Lawton, R., Conner, M. (2012). The impact of theory on the effectiveness of worksite physical activity interventions: a meta-analysis and meta-regression. Health Psychology Review.

McEachen, R., Conner, M., Taylor, N., & Lawton, R. (2011). Prospective prediction of health-related behaviors with the Theory of Planned Behavior: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review.

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