Dr Alyce Barnes

Dr Alyce Barnes

Project Manager to HYHD

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Barnes is the Senior Project Manager and Co-Investigator for the 'Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program at the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. 

Dr. Barnes completed her PhD at UoN in May 2015. Her PhD focused on improving the physical activity levels of mothers and their daughters through an after-school community intervention. Her thesis was entitled 'The ‘M.A.D.E (Mothers and Daughters Exercising) 4 Life’ Pilot Randomised Control Trial: A theory-based, physical activity intervention targeting mothers and their daughters.'

Throughout her PhD candidature, Dr. Barnes lectured and tutored as a casual academic in the School of Education on the following UoN courses:
EDUC 2747 - K-6 PD/H/PE (tutor)

EDUC 2515 - Primary Kinetics (tutor)

PUBH 2030 - Foundation Studies in K-6 PD/H/PE (lecturer and tutor)

PUBH 2020 - Foundations of Child Health and Well-Being (lecturer and tutor)

Prior to her postgraduate studies, Dr. Barnes taught as a specialist PD/H/PE teacher in a local primary school. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Parenting for physical activity
  • Physical activity
  • Public health
  • Children
  • Obesity
  • Interventions
  • Community-based research

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 35
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 25
111712 Health Promotion 40

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2014 -  Senior Project Manager | Co-Investigator Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program

Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered (DADEE) Program 

Priority Research Centre for Physical Acivity and Nutrition
Australia
1/10/2009 - 31/12/2010 Research Assistant - Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The Workplace POWER trial at Tomago The University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2012 3 Minute Thesis Winner - Faculty of Education and Arts Final
The University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Murtagh EM, Barnes AT, McMullen J, Morgan PJ, 'Mothers and teenage daughters walking to health: using the behaviour change wheel to develop an intervention to improve adolescent girls¿ physical activity', Public Health, 158 37-46 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 The Royal Society for Public Health Objectives: The majority of adolescent girls fail to meet public health guidelines for physical activity. Engaging mothers in the promot... [more]

© 2018 The Royal Society for Public Health Objectives: The majority of adolescent girls fail to meet public health guidelines for physical activity. Engaging mothers in the promotion of physical activity for their daughters may be an important strategy to facilitate behaviour change. The aim of this study was to use the behaviour change wheel (BCW) framework to design the components of an intervention to improve adolescent girls¿ physical activity. Study design: Cross-sectional study to inform intervention development. Methods: The BCW framework was used to (1) understand the behaviour, (2) identify intervention functions and (3) select content and implementation options. A circular development process was undertaken by the research team to collectively design the intervention in accordance with the steps recommended by the BCW. Results: The BCW design process resulted in the selection of six intervention functions (education, persuasion, incentivization, training, modelling, enablement) and 18 behaviour change techniques delivered via group-based, face-to-face mode. Behaviour change technique groupings include: goals and planning; feedback and monitoring; social support; shaping knowledge; natural consequences; comparison of behaviour; associations; comparison of outcomes; reward and threat; identity; and, self-belief. Conclusions: The BCW process allowed an in-depth consideration of the target behaviours and provided a systematic framework for developing the intervention. The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the programme will be examined.

DOI 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.01.012
Co-authors Philip Morgan
2018 Barnes AT, Young MD, Murtagh EM, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Morgan PJ, 'Effectiveness of mother and daughter interventions targeting physical activity, fitness, nutrition and adiposity: A systematic review.', Preventive medicine, 111 55-66 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.12.033
Co-authors Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Myles Young
2018 Morgan PJ, Young MD, Barnes AT, Eather N, Pollock ER, Lubans DR, 'Engaging Fathers to Increase Physical Activity in Girls: The "Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered" (DADEE) Randomized Controlled Trial.', Ann Behav Med, (2018)
DOI 10.1093/abm/kay015
Co-authors Myles Young, Narelle Eather, David Lubans, Emma R Pollock, Philip Morgan
2018 Eather N, Bull A, Young MD, Barnes AT, Pollock ER, Morgan PJ, 'Fundamental movement skills: Where do girls fall short? A novel investigation of object-control skill execution in primary-school aged girls', Preventive Medicine Reports, 11 191-195 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 Fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency is positively associated with a range of health outcomes, and is a predictor of lifelong participation in physical activities a... [more]

© 2018 Fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency is positively associated with a range of health outcomes, and is a predictor of lifelong participation in physical activities and sport. Yet low FMS proficiency levels in children prevail, particularly among girls performing object-control skills (e.g., kicking, catching). To identify where girls require the most support and inform future teaching resources and interventions, this cross-sectional study investigated proficiency levels of object-control skills and their specific performance components (subskills) in girls; and aimed to determine whether patterns in subskill mastery were evident in girls from two different developmental stages. This study included 153 girls (aged 4¿12 years; mean age = 7.7, SD = 1.8) from the Hunter Region, Australia. Six object-control skills were video-assessed using the Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD-2, TGMD-3); overall skill proficiency levels and mastery levels of subskills were determined. In summary, <5% (of the total group, 4¿8 years or 9¿12 years) demonstrated mastery or advanced skill level in the strike, stationary dribble, overhand throw or kick. Mastery levels were also poor for the majority of the 24 subskills, with mastery levels below 40% for the total group for 17 of the 24 subskills. Deficiencies in specific subskills were evident in the preparation, action and recovery phases of the six object-control skills. Only 6 of the 24 subskills mastery levels were significantly higher in the older age-group. Our investigation provides new evidence that may be useful for practitioners and researchers looking to support the optimal development of FMS proficiency among girls. Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12615000022561.

DOI 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.06.005
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Emma R Pollock Uon, Narelle Eather, Myles Young
2017 Morgan PJ, Young MD, Lloyd AB, Wang ML, Eather N, Miller A, et al., 'Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review', PEDIATRICS, 139 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1542/peds.2016-2635
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Myles Young, Adam Lloyd, Andrew Miller, Philip Morgan, Narelle Eather
2015 Barnes AT, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Morgan PJ, 'Maternal Correlates of Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Girls', Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19 2348-2357 (2015) [C1]

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Objectives: Given the low levels of physical activity in girls, improving our understanding of the factors associated with girls¿... [more]

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Objectives: Given the low levels of physical activity in girls, improving our understanding of the factors associated with girls¿ physical activity is important. In particular, exploring maternal correlates of girls¿ physical activity for both generations is important, given the paucity of research in this area. The primary aim of this study was to assess maternal correlates of objectively-measured physical activity in girls. Methods: A cross-sectional design was used to assess 40 girls [mean age 8.8¿years; mean body mass index (BMI) z-score¿=¿0.7] and their mothers (mean age 39.1¿years; mean BMI¿=¿27.6) prior to an intervention. Maternal correlates of daughters¿ accelerometer-assessed physical activity were evaluated. Daughters¿ outcomes included: % moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), counts per minute (CPM) and % sedentary behavior (SED), screen time (mother-proxy) and BMI z-score (objectively measured). Maternal correlates included demographic, anthropometric, behavioral, activity-related parenting practices, and physical activity cognitions. Correlates were examined using regression models. Results: For daughters¿ % MVPA, mothers¿ beliefs was significant in the final model (R2¿=¿0.14; P¿=¿0.01). For daughters¿ CPM, mothers¿ logistic support (P¿=¿0.03), mothers¿ CPM (P¿=¿0.02) and outcome expectations (P¿=¿0.01) were all significant (R2¿=¿0.24). For daughters¿ % SED, mothers¿ logistic support (P¿=¿0.02) was significant (R2¿=¿0.11). Conclusions for Practice: A number of maternal behaviors, social¿cognitive and parenting correlates were found to be significantly associated with daughters¿ physical activity. Experimental studies are warranted, targeting mothers as the primary agents of change to increase physical activity among girls.

DOI 10.1007/s10995-015-1752-8
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
2015 Barnes AT, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Morgan PJ, 'Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of the MADE4Life Program: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial.', J Phys Act Health, 12 1378-1393 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2014-0331
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan
2014 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows T, Fletcher R, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community randomized controlled trial: A community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', Preventive Medicine, 61 90-99 (2014) [C1]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the &apos;Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)&apos; program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-a... [more]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-arm randomized controlled trial of 93 overweight/obese fathers (mean [SD] age=40.3 [5.3] years; BMI=32.5 [3.8] kg/m2) and their primary school-aged children (n=132) from the Hunter Region, Australia. In 2010-2011, families were randomized to either: (i) HDHK intervention (n=48 fathers, n=72 children) or (ii) wait-list control group. The 7-week intervention included seven sessions and resources (booklets, pedometers). Assessments were held at baseline and 14-weeks with fathers' weight (kg) as the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes for fathers and children included waist, BMI, blood pressure, resting heart rate, physical activity (pedometry), and self-reported dietary intake and sedentary behaviors. Results: Linear mixed models (intention-to-treat) revealed significant between-group differences for fathers' weight (P < .001, d= 0.24), with HDHK fathers losing more weight (- 3.3. kg; 95%CI, - 4.3, - 2.4) than control fathers (0.1. kg; 95%CI, - 0.9,1.0). Significant treatment effects (P < .05) were also found for fathers' waist (d= 0.41), BMI (d= 0.26), resting heart rate (d= 0.59), energy intake (d= 0.49) and physical activity (d= 0.46) and for children's physical activity (d= 0.50) and adiposity (d= 0.07). Discussion: HDHK significantly improved health outcomes and behaviors in fathers and children, providing evidence for program effectiveness when delivered in a community setting. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.12.019
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 44
Co-authors Myles Young, David Lubans, Adam Lloyd, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Richard Fletcher, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Robin Callister
2012 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'The impact of a workplace-based weight loss program on work-related outcomes in overweight male shift workers', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54 122-127 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824329ab
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins
2011 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'Efficacy of a workplace-based weight loss program for overweight male shift workers: The Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine, 52 317-325 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.031
Citations Scopus - 79Web of Science - 77
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Robin Callister
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Morgan PJ, Lloyd A, Barnes A, Young M, Miller A, Lubans D, et al., 'Engaging fathers to improve family physical and mental health: the impact of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community program', Edinburgh, UK (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Adam Lloyd, David Lubans, Andrew Miller, Philip Morgan, Myles Young
2012 Cook AT, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, 'An examination of the association between a mother's parenting practices relating to physical activity and their daughter's physical activity levels', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins
2012 Collins CE, Cook AT, Morgan PJ, Schumacher T, Plotnikoff RC, 'Associations between mother and daughter dietary intakes', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Auckland, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan
2011 Miller AD, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Okely AD, et al., 'Effective strategies for the recruitment of overweight men and their children into a community trial: The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids recruitment story', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Adelaide (2011) [E3]
Co-authors David Lubans, Andrew Miller, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Adam Lloyd, Clare Collins, Myles Young
2011 Callister R, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Plotnikoff RC, 'Dietary and physical activity behaviours of overweight and obese male shift workers', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister
2011 Cook AT, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, 'The M.A.D.E (Mothers and Daughters Exercising) 4 LIFE feasibility study: Description of a theory-based physical activity intervention targeting mothers and their daughters', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins
2011 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'Efficacy of a workplace-based weight loss program for overweight male shift workers: the Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) randomized controlled trial', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.031
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister
2011 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Cook AT, Berthon B, Mitchell S, Callister R, 'The impact of a workplace-based weight loss program on work-related outcomes in overweight male shift workers', Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Sydney (2011) [E3]
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824329ab
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff
2010 Callister R, Morgan PJ, Cook AT, Berthon B, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, 'Characteristics of male shift workers as a target for a workplace-based weight loss program', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister, Philip Morgan
2010 Berthon B, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Callister R, Cook AT, Plotnikoff RC, 'Dietary habits of male shift workers enrolled in the workplace power program', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2010 Cook AT, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, 'Rationale and intervention description of the M.A.D.E. (Mothers and Daughters Eating/Exercising) 4 Fun feasibility study: An obesity prevention program for mothers and their daughters', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $1,177,219

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20181 grants / $100,000

Faculty matching funding for UON PRC Scheme - Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition$100,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Professor David Lubans; Professor Phil Morgan (Co-Deputy Director); Professor Ron Plotnikoff (Director); Dr Alyce Barnes; Dr Narelle Eather; Dr Nick Riley; Dr Jordan Smith; Dr Myles Young.

Scheme Faculty funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20173 grants / $749,406

Embedding the DADEE Program in local communities: Sustainability through innovative partnerships$379,459

Funding body: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited

Funding body Port Waratah Coal Services Limited
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Myles Young, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Mrs Emma Pollock
Scheme Research Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700702
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON Y

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads$349,947

Funding body: Greater Charitable Foundation

Funding body Greater Charitable Foundation
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Myles Young, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Professor Clare Collins, Miss EMMA Pollock
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700650
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112
UON Y

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads: A healthy-lifestyle program targeting fathers and their preschool-aged children$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Myles Young, Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Miss EMMA Pollock
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700700
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON Y

20141 grants / $327,813

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program$327,813

Funding body: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited

Funding body Port Waratah Coal Services Limited
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Doctor Myles Young
Scheme Community Investment and Partnership Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1401411
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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News

Fathers often overlooked in children’s obesity prevention programs

February 1, 2017

Study finds dads often absent from studies that test best ways to treat obesity in children.

Dr Alyce Barnes

Position

Project Manager to HYHD
Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity & Nutrition
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email alyce.barnes@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6566
Fax (02) 4921 2084

Office

Room ATC 301 Level 3
Building Advanced Technology Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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