David Waynforth

Dr

  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

  • 501 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
19952018
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Personal profile

Research interests

Population health is improved not solely through improved pharmaceutical and surgical approaches: health outcomes are also predicted by many aspects of the way we live our lives. My interest is in how family, community and work environment predict health. I have over 20 years of experience as a multidisciplinary researcher looking at effects of stress and social environment on determinants of health and reproductive decisions. Research on the social determinants of health often ignores biology, yet our biology defines the parameters for how health outcomes can be influenced by social factors. My focus includes considering the underlying physiological and evolved mechanisms linking our experience and social environment to health.

 

Main research areas:

Family, community and health

In the last few generations wealthy nations have radically altered many aspects of people’s social lives. One of the changes has been the loss of local extended family networks as workers migrate to different locations for employment. Using national longitudinal cohort data, I am currently exploring the importance of extended family contact for health. Some of my past work on family environment and health-related outcomes has been on the role of fathers in child health and development (see https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780203101414), and on links between paternal absence and early menarche (see https://doi.org/10.1016/S1090-5138(98)00031-2).

 

Work and health

While people have always had to cope with environmental change, intergroup conflict, and other threats to our ability to survive, in many modern economies employment security has been eroded such that few people can be assured that they will be able to live at their current level of housing and food security for the foreseeable future. One way to determine the likely future health effects and healthcare needs due to recent changes in employment security is to study health effects in the past few generations using national longitudinal cohort study data. My recent paper which can be accessed here addresses this issue in the 1970 national British birth Cohort (https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoy009).

 

Research Methods

I was trained as both an ethnographer and in quantitative methods. I carried out anthropological fieldwork in an indigenous Mayan community in Belize. More recently I have become involved in analysis of National cohort study data. My statistical expertise includes multilevel modelling, panel data and survival analysis. I am a member of the Statistical Society of Australia.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University of New Mexico

External positions

University of Durham

University of East Anglia

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Belize Medicine & Life Sciences
mating behavior Agriculture & Biology
Parturition Medicine & Life Sciences
Fees and Charges Medicine & Life Sciences
cohort studies Agriculture & Biology
Medical Students Medicine & Life Sciences
life history Agriculture & Biology
Cohort Studies Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2018

  • 501 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Ancestral Birth Spacing

Waynforth, D., 23 Oct 2018, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Shackelford, T. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds.). Springer, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryResearchpeer-review

infant
evidence
Open Access
File
Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Child Development
Health
Hyperthermia therapy
Fertilization

Mate copying

Waynforth, D., 2018, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Shackelford, T. & Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryResearchpeer-review

sex hormones
mating behavior
27 Downloads (Pure)

Unstable employment and health in middle age in the longitudinal 1970 British Birth Cohort Study

Waynforth, D., 27 Mar 2018, In : Evolution, medicine, and public health. 2018, 1, p. 92-99 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
unemployment
cohort studies
hypertension
debt
Cohort Studies
2 Citations (Scopus)
41 Downloads (Pure)

Male facial appearance and offspring mortality in two traditional societies

Boothroyd, L. G., Gray, A. W., Headland, T. N., Uehara, R. T., Waynforth, D., Burt, D. M. & Pound, N., 1 Jan 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 1, e0169181.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Masculinity
Health
Mortality
family planning
Medicine