Dr Noémi Tari-Keresztes

Research Fellow


PhD (Psychology), Semmelweis University, Hungary 2009; MA (Sociology), University of Szeged, Hungary 2004; Facilitator (Williams LifeSkills), Hans Selye Hungarian Society of Behavioural Sciences and Behavioural Medicine, Hungary 2006


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Noemi is a Research Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling research team. Prior to this role, she was a Research Support Officer II. (Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta), Research Support Officer I. (Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta), assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow (Institute of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Szeged, Hungary), and visiting researcher (Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, Australia).

She is contributing to multiple Australian Government, Primary Health Network, Non-Government Organisation and National Disability Insurance Scheme funded socio-emotional wellbeing research and evaluation projects that extend into areas relating to mental health, peer education, alcohol and other drug use, gambling, and other Indigenous-focused research contexts.

She has been listed as a Co-Investigator on several research projects, amounting to nearly $2 Million. The outcomes of her research contributed to the AODG team being awarded a 2019 National AOD Award for Excellence and Innovation (Research) by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. She has been recently invited as a Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Public Mental Health (specialty section of Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers in Psychiatry and Frontiers in Sociology).

  • NDIS funded and TeamHEALTH led Two-way Mentorship program evaluation
  • Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) funded and Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) led ‘3rd Phase of the Peer Led Education Pilot’ evaluation
  • A qualitative investigation of Aboriginal gambling behaviour, consequences, risk factors, and help-seeking in the Northern Territory (NT)
  • The Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Program
  • Beyond Blue Indigenous-led project evaluation of the “Be You” Kimberly and Pilbara Project
  • Exploring migrant and refugee men’s experiences with fathering, employment and wellbeing in the NT
  • Afterhours Dispensing Units in Regional Northern Territory’ Project funded by NTPHN and led by Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC)
  • Developing an organisational health literacy tool in a remote Aboriginal primary health care service: Measuring what matters most project funded by Lowitja Institute and led by Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
  • NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics funded Darwin – Drink and Drug Driver Education (DDDE) Online Learning Resource Project
  1. Campus Morning Mail | The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to Menzies School of Health Research

    Campus Morning Mail | The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to Menzies School of Health Research


    The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to the Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling Team at the Menzies School of Health Research, in Darwin




    Menzies School of Health Research, has won the Research Award at the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards in Melbourne.

  1. Keresztes, N., Piko, B. F., Howard-Payne, L., & Gupta, H. (2020). An exploratory study of Hungarian university students’ sexual attitudes and behaviours. International Journal of Emotional Education, 12(1), 83-87.
  2. Tari-Keresztes, N., Christie, B., Gupta, H., Wallace, T., Stephens, D., Caton-Graham, P. & Smith, J. (2020) Evaluation of a Peer-Led Education Pilot for people with psychosocial support needs in Darwin, Northern Territory. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research.
  3. Gupta, H., Tari-Keresztes, N., Stephens, D., Smith, J. A., Sultan, E., & Lloyd, S. (2020). A scoping review about social and emotional wellbeing programs and services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Australia: understanding the principles guiding promising practice. BMC public health, 20(1), 1625. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09730-1
  4. Cefai, C., Keresztes, N., Galea, N., Spiteri, R. (2019). A Passage to Malta. The health and wellbeing of foreign children in Malta. Commissioners for Children, Malta.
  5. Keresztes, N., Pikó, B.F., Fülöp, M. (2015): Does competitiveness count? The role of competitive attitude in health risk and preventive health behaviors. European Journal of Mental Health, 1, 44-61.
  6. Gerrits, J.H., O’Hara, R.E., Piko, B.F., Gibbons, F.X., de Ridder D.T.D., Keresztes, N., Kamble, S, V., & de Wit J.B.F. (2010). Self-control, diet concerns and eater prototypes influence fatty foods consumption of adolescents in three countries. Health Education Research, 6, 1031-104.
  7. Keresztes, N., Piko, B., Gibbons, F.X., & Spielberger C.D. (2009). Do high and low active adolescents have different prototypes of physically active peers?. The Psychological Record, 59, 39-52.
  8. Keresztes, N., & Pikó, B. (2008). Early Adolescent Girls’ Psychosocial Health in the Light of Their Sports Activity Behavior. In: J. P. Coulter (Eds.), Progress in Exercise and Women’s Health Research. New York: NOVA Publishers, 255-269.
  9. Keresztes, N., Pikó, B., Pluhar, Zs., & Page, R. M. (2008). Brief report: Social influences in leisure time sport activity among early adolescents. The Journal of Royal Society for Promotion of Health, 1, 21-25.
  10. Pikó, B., & Keresztes, N. (2006). Physical activity, psychosocial health and life goals among youth. Journal of Community Health, 2, 136-145.