Priority Research Centre for
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION
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The research areas of the PRC include: education and health promotion in relation to physical activity and nutrition, nutrition and dietetic practice, objective measures of dietary intake and indicators of nutritional status, investigations into the role of dietary supplements and functional foods, physical activity interventions, exercise physiology, and impact of nutrition and physical activity interventions on disease outcomes including obesity, respiratory diseases (asthma, COPD), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and brain disorders across various contexts and settings including schools.

The University of Newcastle offers a wide range of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programs and the Centre welcomes applications from prospective applicants. To be considered, you will need to be fully fluent in English and have achieved excellent results in your undergraduate studies.

The PRC currently has over 50 enrolled HDR students, from each of the research themes:


Physical Activity and Population Health

Student ProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Sasha Fenton Examining the relationship between sleep health and dietary intake in adults 2017 - 2021

Principal: Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Medicine and Public Health

Matt FenwickUnderstanding and enhancing activity, diet and sleep behaviours in shift-workers2019 - 2022

Principals: Dr Stina Oftedal and Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Medicine and Public Health
  Beatrice Murawski Using Technology-Based Interventions to Improve Physical Activity and Sleep Behaviours 2015 - 2019

Principal: Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Co-supervisor: Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Medicine and Public Health
  Anna Rayward Investigating the effect of changes in physical activity and sleep behaviour on subsequent physical activity and sleep behaviour and, physical and mental health, and health-related quality of life. 2015 - 2019

Principal: Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Co-supervisor: Professor Ron Plotnikoff and Associate Professor Liz Holliday

Medicine and Public Health

Leigh Underwood Innovative Ways of Treating co-Morbid Diabetes Type II and Depression: Development of the "MADE-IT" Program. 2015 - 2023 Co-supervisor: Professor Ron Plotnikoff Medicine and Public Health

Levi Wade Impact of Physical Activity and Sleep on Adolescent Mental Health 2016 - 2020

Principal: Associate Professor Mitch Duncan

Co-supervisors: Professor Dave Lubans and Dr Jordan Smith

Medicine and Public Health

Nutrition and Dietetics

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Robyn Barnes Effective Dietary Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus 2015 - 2023

Principal: Dr Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

Co-supervisor: Professor Clare Collins and Dr Carmel Smart

Health Sciences
  Erin Clarke Biological biomarkers in assessing dietary intake in adults 2017 - 2021

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisors: Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Kristine Pezdirc and Dr Rebecca Williams

Health Sciences

Berit Follong Development of a Cross-Curricular Nutrition and Portion Size Education Program in Primary Schools 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Tamara Bucher

Co-Supervisors: Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez and Professor Clare Collins

Health Sciences

Catherine Harbury A Systematic Review of the Current Literature Regarding the Nutritional Status of Morbidly Obese Individuals Leading to a Cross-Sectional Survey with a View to Progressing to an Interventional Study 2013 - 2019

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor: Professor Robin Callister

Health Sciences

Rebecca McKenna Development of a Personality Based Intervention for Treatment of Addictive Eating Behaviours 2017 - 2021

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Leanne Hides and Professor Clare Collins

Health Sciences

Doreen Mucheru A Healthy Living Program for Australians Living with Psychosis 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Lesley Macdonald-Wicks

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon and Assoc Prof Mark McEvoy

Health Sciences

Naomi Saronga Using Smart Phones to Assess Dietary Intake and Provide Nutrition Counseling In Women Attending Ante-Natal Clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Megan Rollo

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows and Professor Clare Collins

Health Sciences

Janelle Skinner Investigating Oxytocin as a biomarker to characterise Food Addiction 2016 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors: Professor Manohar Garg and Assoc Prof Chrisotpher Dayas

Health Sciences

Zoe Szewczyk Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Prenatal Nutrition Interventions and Infant Health Outcomes 2016 - 2020 Principal: Professor Clare Collins Health Sciences

Daphne Van Der Bend A Cross-Cultural Perspective of Food Literacy: Developing Feasible Intervention Strategies to Enhance Dietary Behaviors in Adolescents Using a Participatory Approach 2019 - 2023

Principal: Dr Tamara Bucher

Co-Supervisors: Dr Vanessa Shrewsbury and Assoc. Prof Ellen Van Kleef

Health Sciences

Angleliek Verdonschot Towards Effective Nutrition Education for Dutch and Australian Primary School Children: Assessing Effective Components 2018 - 2022

Principal: Dr Tamara Bucher

Co-Supervisors: Professor Emely De Vet and Professor Clare Collins

Health Sciences
  Nienke de Vlieger Impact of Experiential Nutrition Education Using 3D Food Models and Mobile Technology in Children Aged 10-13 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Tamara Bucher

Co-Supervisors: Dr Megan Rollo,and Professor Clare Collins

Health Sciences
  Cheryl Watterson Promoting Healthy Eating and Appropriate Weight Gain in Pregnancy 2016 - 2024

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor:  Dr Lesley McDonald-Wicks

Health Sciences

Emily Webb Management of Overweight and Obesity in Osteoarthritis 2016 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Surinder Baines

Co-Supervisor:  Dr Peter Osmotherly

Health Sciences

Obesity

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Ryan Drew

Increasing Physical Activity in Overweight Men with Depression: Outcomes and Mechanisms from a Randomised Trial

2018 - 2021

Principal Supervisor: Dr Myles Young

Co-Supervisor: Professor Phil Morgan

Education

Brad Jones Evaluate the Effectiveness of the MASTER Coaching Program as a Coach Development Tool for Improving Coaching Practices of Football Coaches and for Improving a Range of Player Outcomes 2018- 2022

Co-Supervisor: Professor Phil Morgan

Education
Emma Pollock A mixed methods evaluation of the Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered (DADEE) Program 2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor: Professor Phil Morgan Education

Exercise Sciences

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Maurice BartholomueszChildhood Stress and Altered Psychphysiological Reactivity in Chronic Pain2008 - Co-Supervisor: Professor Robin CallisterPsychology

Christopher DownsAn Analysis of Injury Databases of Amateur Netball Players2014 - 2020Principal: Professor Robin CallisterHealth Sciences

Margaret GallowayInvestigating the minimum dose of exercise required to elicit a positive effect on fitness for stroke survivors2016 - 2020Co-Supervisor: Professor Robin CallisterHealth Sciences

Yasmina NasstasiaThe Antidepressant Effects of of Exercise Among Young People: Pathways to Change; Mind, Body or Behaviour?2012 - 2020Co-Supervisor: Professor Robin CallisterMedicine and Public Health

Angelica QuatelaThe Role of Breakfast on Metabolic and Anthropometric Parameters in Healthy Individuals2014 - 2018

Principal: Dr Lesley McDonald-Wicks

Co-Supervisors: Dr Amanda Patterson and Professor Robin Callister

Health Sciences

Clinical and Experimental Nutrition

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Anu AlexDetermining relationships between Plasma Phospholipid Polyunsaturated fatty acids and Cognitive measures in older people2019 - 2023

Principal: Professor Manohar Garg

Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Nora Kalagi

Trimethylamine N-Oxide metabolite levels in healthy and young Saudi Arabia population

2019 - 2023

Principal: Professor Manohar Garg

Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Nisha PanthEffect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs) and Resveratrol on Endothelial Function, Lipid Profile and Glucose Level in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Postmenopausal Australian Women2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Manohar Garg

Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Physical Activity and Nutrition in Schools

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Emily GrahamAn Examination of the Unique Impact of Variety on Adolescents’ Well-Being and Autonomous Motivation in Physical Education2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Narelle Eather

Education
 Sarah KennedyDissemination and Evaluation of the NEAT and ATLAS Physical Activity Programs Utilising the RE-AIM Framework2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Dave Lubans

Education

Angus Leahy

Improving Fitness and Well-being in Senior School Students: The 'Burn 2 Learn' Program

2017 - 2020

Principal: Professor Dave Lubans

Education

Edward NoonA Longitudinal Examination of Elements Associated with Educational Outcomes: Testing an Integrated Whole-Child Whole-School Model of Learning in Disadvantaged High School Communities2011 - 2019

Principal: Professor Dave Lubans

Education

Karen WhiteTo Evaluate the Impact of a School-Based Health and Wellbeing Program for Adolescent Girls on Mental Health Outcomes and Physical Activity Levels2016 - 2022

Principal: Professor Dave Lubans

Education

Jin YanImproving the motivational climate and quality of sports delivery in Chinese primary schools2019 - 2023

Principal: Dr Narelle Eather

Co-Supervisors: Dr Jordan Smith and Professor Philip Morgan

Education