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

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

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
  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-supervisor: Professor Dave Lubans

Medicine and Public Health
  Magdalena WilczynskaIntegrating smartphone technology, social support and the outdoor environment to improve fitness among adults at risk of, or diagnosed with, Type 2 Diabetes- eCoFit Randomized Controlled Trail 2014 - 2018

Principal: Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Co-supervisor: Professor Dave Lubans 

Education

Nutrition and Dietetics

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Robyn Barnes Effective Dietary Management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus 2015 - 2023 Co-supervisor: Professor Clare Collins Health Sciences

Katherine Brain Nutrition's Role in the Management of Chronic Pain 2015 - 2019

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tracy BurrowsDr Megan RolloDr Christopher Hayes, and Ms Fiona Hodson

Health Sciences
  Hannah Brown Examining the impact of supportive tools including food labels and an augmented reality application on food and nutrition knowledge and portion size selection in pregnant women 2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisors: Dr Megan Rollo,and Dr Tamara Bucher

Health Sciences
  Li Kheng Chai An Innovative Model of Care to Address Childhood Obesity 2015 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Christopher May and Professor Clare Collins

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

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

Yu Qi Lee The Relationship between Maternal Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes in Pregnancy and Offspring Kidney Function in an Australian Indigenous Population 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Kirsty Pringle

Co-Supervisors: Professor Clare Collins, Associate Professor Kym Rae and Dr Adrienne Gordon

Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Merridie Rees Assessment and Management of Clinically Severe Obese Older People with Respiratory Co-morbidities 2016 - 2024 Co-Supervisor: Professor Clare Collins Nursing and Midwifery

Jody Seaton An Adaptation of the Existing Design and Technology/Food Technology Syllabus to Encourage Healthy Eating in Adolescents 2013 - 2021

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

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

Helen Taylor Reducing Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women with Gestational Diabetes and Early Obesity in their Offspring 2015 - 2023 Principal: Professor Clare Collins Health Sciences

Rachael Taylor Pregnancy and Postnatal Nutrition for Child Cognitive Development 2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor: Professor Clare Collins Medicine and Public Health
  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
  Megan Whatnall Development and Evaluation of a Brief Online Nutrition Intervention for University Students 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Co-Supervisor: Dr Amanda Patterson

Health Sciences

Obesity

Student ProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Lorraine ParasDevelopment, Implementation and Evaluation of a Family-based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity of Primary School-aged Children and their Parents: The FamilyFIT Study2010 - 2018Co-Supervisor: Professor Phil MorganMedicine and Public Health
Emma PollockA mixed methods evaluation of the Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered (DADEE) Program2017 - 2021Principal Supervisor: Professor Phil MorganEducation
 Ryan Drew

SHED-IT Recharge: Evaluation of a Scalable, Gender-Tailored Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Overweight and Obese Men with Depression

2018 - 2021

Principal Supervisor: Dr Myles Young

Co-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

Simon HarriesResistance Training in Competitive Adolescent Rugby Union Players2011 - 2019Principal: Professor Robin CallisterBiomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Craig RichardsInfluence of Shoe Design on Running Mechanics2007 - Principal: Professor Robin CallisterBiomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

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

Urvashy GopaulComPoSE - Combined Physical and SEnsOry training to improve arm function after stroke2016 - 2020Principal: 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
 Sarah ValkenborghsAerobic Exercise to Increase Efficacy of Task-Specific Training for the Upper Limb after Stroke: A Feasibility Study2014 - 2018Principal: Professor Robin CallisterBiomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Clinical and Experimental Nutrition

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisorsSchool

Kylie AbbottDietary Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Supplementation and the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus2015 - 2019

Principal: Professor Manohar Garg

Co-Supervisor: Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
 Jessica FergusonSynergistic Effects of Phytosterols and Curcumin on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Hyperlipidaemic Individuals2015 - 2019

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

Sarah CostiganThe Impact of High Intensity Interval Training on Physical and Psycho-Social Outcomes in Low-Active Adolescents2014 - 2018

Principal: Professor Dave Lubans

Co-Supervisor:  Professor Ron Plotnikoff

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