Priority Research Centre for
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION

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The PRC PAN is co-supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts (Host Faculty) and the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

The PRC PAN includes over 50 University of Newcastle researchers from across the two Faculties and multiple campuses and includes 9 highly respected external Associate Researchers from national and international universities.

Currently there are over 50 RHD Students linked to the PRC and many Research Assistants.

Key Researchers

Professor Ronald Plotnikoff profile image

Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Director and Theme Leader (Physical Activity and Population Health)
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4985 4465
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Professor Clare Collins profile image

Professor Clare Collins

Co-Deputy Director and Theme Leader (Nutrition and Dietetics)
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5646
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Professor Philip Morgan profile image

Professor Philip Morgan

Co-Deputy Director and Theme Leader (Obesity)
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7265
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Professor Robin Callister profile image

Professor Robin Callister

Theme Leader (Exercise Sciences)
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5650
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Professor Manohar Garg profile image

Professor Manohar Garg

Theme Leader (Clinical and Experimental Nutrition)
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5647
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Professor David Lubans

Theme Leader (Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools)
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 2049
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Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Deputy Theme Leader (Physical Activity and Population Health)
Pillar Lead (Sustainability) 
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4921 5215
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Associate Professor Erica James

Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4913 8466
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Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Co-Deputy Theme Leader (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Co-Pillar Lead (Community Engagement)
School of Health Scienes
Phone: +61 2 4921 5514
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Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Co-Deputy Theme Leader (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Co-Pillar Lead (Community Engagement)
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5405
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Dr Myles Young

Dr Myles Young

Deputy Theme Leader (Obesity)
Pillar Lead (Impact) 
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6096
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Dr Cintia Dias

Dr Cintia Dias

Deputy Theme Leader (Clinical and Experimental Nutrition)
Pillar Lead (Internationalisation) 
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 5647
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Dr Narelle Eather

Dr Narelle Eather

Co-Deputy Theme Leader (Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools)
Pillar Lead (Equity and Social Justice) 
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6232
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Dr Jordan Smith

Dr Jordan Smith

Co-Deputy Theme Leader (Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools)
Pillar Lead (Innovation and Interdisciplinary) 
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 7704
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Dr Megan Rollo

Dr Megan Rollo

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Co-Deputy Theme Lead (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Deputy Pillar Lead (Innovation and Interdisciplinary) 
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5649
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Dr Kris Pezdirc

Dr Kris Pezdirc

Post-Doctoral Researcher
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4085 4956
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Dr Lee Ashton

Dr Lee Ashton

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Deputy Pillar Lead (Sustainability) 
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 7792
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Dr Tamara Bucher

Dr Tamara Bucher

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Deputy Pillar Lead (Internationalisation) 
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 7792
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Dr Rebecca Williams

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Deputy Pillar Lead (Equity and Social Justice) 
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 7862
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Dr Alyce Barnes

Dr Alyce Barnes

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Deputy Pillar Lead (Impact) 
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6656
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Dr Nick Riley

Post Doctoral Researcher
School of Education 
Phone: +61 2 498 54254
Nicholas.Riley@newcastle.edu.au

Associate Researchers

Dr Surinder Baines

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5643
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Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Bell

Conjoint Associate Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
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Dr Leanne Brown

Lecturer
University Department of Rural Health
Phone: +61 2 6767 8467
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Dr Vivienne Chuter

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4349 4424
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Ms Sarah Costigan

Associate Lecturer
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4985 4060
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Dr Ben Dascombe

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4348 4150
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Dr Benjamin Ewald

Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 491 38405
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Professor John Germov

Professor
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6445
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Professor Jennifer Gore

Professor
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4921 6864
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Mrs Josephine Gwynn

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4913 8745
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Professor Peter Howe

Research Professor
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4921 7309
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Dr Carole James

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 6632
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Dr Daphne James

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5596
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Dr Natalie Johnson

Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4913 8162
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Dr Xanne Janse De Jonge

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4349 4566
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Professor Brian Kelly

Professor
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2 4033 5690
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Professor Shelly Lane

Professor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 913 8101
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Mr Robert Lockie

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4349 4428
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Dr Lesley MacDonald Wicks

Program Convenor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 6646
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Dr Drew Miller

Senior Lecturer
School of Education
Phone: +61 2 4348 4214
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Dr Amanda Patterson

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 6420
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Professor Darren Rivett

Professor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 7220
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Mr Adrian Schultz

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4348 4151
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Dr Tracy Schumacher

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
Phone: +61 2492 16259 (Monday) +612 67652698 (Tuesday-Friday)
Tracy.Schumacher@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Dean Sculley

Lecturer
School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Phone: +61 2 4349 4596
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Dr Geoffrey Skinner

Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Phone: +61 2 4985 4512
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Dr Shamus Smith

Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Phone: +61 2 4921 6175
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Dr Suzanne Snodgrass

Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 2089
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Dr Peta Tehan

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4349 4541
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Associate Professor Helen Warren Forward

Associate Professor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 7142

Conjoint Professor Lauren Williams

Conjoint Professor
School of Health Sciences
Phone: +61 2 4921 5649
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External Associate Researchers

Professor Adrian Bauman

School of Public Health
Sydney University

Professor Wendy Brown

School of Human Movement Studies
The University of Queensland

Professor Kerry Couneya

Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer
University of Alberta, Canada

Dr Charles Foster

University Research Leader and Program Leader, British Heart Foundation, Health Promotion Research Group
University of Oxford - United Kingdom

Associate Professor Tony Okley

Faculty of Education
University of Wollongong

Professor Neville Owen

School of Population Health
The University of Queensland

Professor Kim Raine

CIHR / HSFC Applied Public Health AHFMR Health Senior Scholar Professor, Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health
University of Alberta Canada

Associate Professor John Spence

Director of Sedentary Living Lab, Physical Education and Recreation Faculty, School of Public Health
University of Alberta Canada

Professor Helen Truby

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Monash University

Professor Sandra Capra

Centre for Allied Health Research and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Quennsland Centre for Clinical Research
The University of Queensland

Our centre support staff

Wayne Durand Wayne.Durand@newcastle.edu.au

Sara Robards Sara.Robards@newcastle.edu.au

Kristen Saunders Kristen.Saunders@newcastle.edu.au

Tara Finn Tara.Finn@newcastle.edu.au

Melissa Fry Melissa.Fry@newcastle.edu.au