Dr Alyce Barnes

Dr Alyce Barnes

Senior Research Assistant

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

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

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 (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)
DOI 10.1542/peds.2016-2635
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Adam Lloyd, Narelle Eather, Myles Young
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 (R 2 ¿=¿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 (R 2 ¿=¿0.24). For daughters¿ % SED, mothers¿ logistic support (P¿=¿0.02) was significant (R 2 ¿=¿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 - 2Web of Science - 2
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 - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, 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 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' 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/m 2 ) 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 - 39Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Myles Young, David Lubans, Adam Lloyd, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Richard Fletcher, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Clare Collins
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 - 26Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
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 - 69Web of Science - 67
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Clare Collins
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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 David Lubans, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Adam Lloyd, 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 Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins
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 Myles Young, Richard Fletcher, Clare Collins, Andrew Miller, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Adam Lloyd, David Lubans
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 Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, 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, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
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, Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
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 Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Philip Morgan
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 Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins
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 Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Robin Callister
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 $1,102,219

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


20173 grants / $749,406

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

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Myles Young, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Mrs Emma Pollock
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700702
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
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 Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
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 Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20142 grants / $352,813

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

Engaging fathers to improve physical activity levels and social-emotional well-being in their daughters: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Enjoying Exercise) study$25,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Narelle Eather, Doctor Alyce Barnes
Scheme Youth Research Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301335
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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News

Professor Phil Morgan

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

Senior Research Assistant
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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