Dr Alison Carver

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Honorary Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Off-Campus (Home)

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, Glasgow University, 1986
Master of Science, University of Strathclyde, 1987
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2009

Research interests

Dr Carvers PhD research at Deakin examined how neighbourhood safety was related to physical activity among children and adolescents, with particular emphasis on road safety, concern about strangers, perception of risk and subsequent restriction/modification of childrens physical activity in the neighbourhood. Her ongoing research examines social and physical environmental factors that may influence childrens active transport and independent mobility (i.e. their freedom to move around without adult accompaniment) in urban and rural areas. She is interested in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to examine the built environment in relation to childrens active transport and independent mobility.

Affiliations

Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN)
 

Knowledge areas

Active transport

Physical activity

Children's independent mobility

Neighbourhood safety

Built environment

Statistical Analysis

Conferences

Oral presentations

Title(s)
1. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. Young and free? A study of children’s independent mobility in urban and rural Australia. International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Sydney, Australia, October 31 - November 3, 2012

2. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. Young and free? A study of independent mobility among Australian children. Population Health Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 9-12 Sept, 2012.

3. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How is active transport associated with adolescents’ physical activity over time? Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia, 15-18 June, 2011.

4. Carver A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. How does active transport contribute to adolescents’ physical activity over time? Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Epidemiological Association, Sydney, Australia, September 30- October 1, 2010.

5. Carver A, Timperio A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. Can safety-related features of the road environment stem declines in physical activity among youth? Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Brisbane, Australia, February 10-12, 2010.

6. Carver A, Timperio A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. A longitudinal study of associations between the local road environment and physical activity among youth. National Physical Activity Conference, Brisbane, Australia, October 14-17, 2009.

7. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How do perceptions and objective measures of neighbourhood safety influence adolescents’ moderate-to-vigorous physical activity? Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway, 20-23 June, 2007.

8. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How does road safety influence adolescents’ walking/cycling in the neighborhood. Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Boston, USA, 13-16 July, 2006.

9. Carver A, Timperio A, Salmon J, Ball, K, Crawford D. How does objectively-measured road safety influence active transport among adolescents? National Physical Activity Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 13-16, 2005.

10. Carver A, Salmon J, Campbell K, Baur L, Garnett S, Crawford D.  How do perceptions of local neighbourhood relate to adolescents’ walking and cycling?  Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Melbourne, Australia, February, 2005.

Poster presentations

1. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. The Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail: Opportunity for a natural experiment to study changes in active transport following construction of a shared trail for walking and cycling. Satellite Meeting the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cambridge, UK, May 26-28, 2013.
   
2. Carver A, Veitch J, Sahlqvist S, Crawford D, Hume C. How are active transport and independent mobility on school journeys associated with children’s physical activity in low socioeconomic areas? Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium, May 22-25, 2013.

3. Carver A, Salmon J, Crawford, D, Campbell K, Garnett S, Shrewsbury V, Cowell, C, Baur L.  Associations between perceptions of the neighborhood and adolescents’ walking, cycling and total physical activity: the Nepean cohort study, International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM), Mainz, Germany, August, 2004.

Professional activities

External Reviewer of PhD Scholarship applications for National Heart Foundation, July 2012.
 
Represented Deakin University at Australian Research Council’s Expo of ARC-funded research, and discussed our study with Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr; Parliament House, Canberra, November 1, 2011.

Visiting Fellow at MRC-Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, October, 2011. 

Visiting Fellow at Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London, September, 2011.

Session chair at Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia, 15-18 June, 2011.

Member of Local Organising Committee for 2011 conference of International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) in Melbourne.

Invited to International Workshop on Children’s Independent Mobility at Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London on September 22, 2010.    

Invited by “Victoria Walks” to participate and contribute to their “Round-table on Children’s Walking”, July 2010.  

Consultant to Victorian Dept. of Transport for development of “Walk this Way” strategy, December 2009

Member of Advisory Committee for Kinect Australia “Go for your Life” Information
Centre (2009-10)

Member of Safe Speed Interest Group (SSIG), facilitated by National Heart Foundation, Victoria (since 2009). Co-authored SSIG submission on the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20, titled ‘Promoting safe walking and cycling by reducing traffic speed’.
 
Reviewer of grants: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2012; Health Research Board, Ireland 2010; Healthways, WA, 2009

Reviewer of conference abstracts: ICPAPH 2012, ISBNPA 2013, 2011, 2009, ASBHM 2009, NPAC 2009

Reviewer of journal articles for BMC Health, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Journal of Urban Health, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Asia    Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Children Youth and Environments

Member of editorial team for C-PAN newsletter (since 2009)

Media appearances

January 2013 ’Kids kept off roads: streets too dangerous for children to cycle to school’; print article: Geelong Advertiser.

 December 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs’ paper in Journal of Transport  Geography was selected for inclusion in Elsevier’s Monthly Research
Selection, an e-newsletter for science journalists and reporters.

December 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs’; radio interview: The Pulse 94.7, Geelong.

   ‘Parental chauffeurs – what drives their transport choice?’: online article
http://cyclingresourcecentre.org.au/post/parental_chauffeurs_what_drives_their_transport_choice

November 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs driving kids to school; online article http://aushiker.com/parental-chauffeurs-driving-kids-to-school
  
October, 2012 – ‘A short ride to obesity’; print article: The Age.

‘Chauffeured kids not helping obesity epidemic’: online article: Medical
   Search;  http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Chauffeured-kids-not-helping-obesity-epidemic/f/10730

              ‘Parent chauffeurs drive kids to obesity’: online article: Bicycle Network Victoria 
   Available at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/ride2school/94814/ 

  ‘Parents habits drive up obesity’; print article: Manly Daily (NSW).

  ‘Parents reluctant to let children walk to school because of traffic and
   ‘stranger danger’; print article: Herald Sun

   ‘Active eye on kids’; print article: Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia).

   ‘Walk to School month’; radio interview; My Melbourne with Glenn Ridge,
     1377AM
                
May 2012 – ‘A generation is growing up without a sense of independence’ ; 1 print article, 1 online article: Herald Sun.

May 2012 – ‘Kids are held captive to fear’; 1 online article
Available at http://m.news.com.au/VIC/pg/0/fi1610391.htm

Feb 2012 - ’Nan, Pop happy to let grandkids off leash’; print article: Geelong Advertiser;

June 2011 - ‘Parent fears about children participating in active transport’;
1 Radio interview for ABC Gippsland; 3 print articles: Echo Bellarine, Geelong Advertiser, Maroondah Leader.

September 2008 - ; ‘Why teens stops exercising – how local safety impacts on walking’; print article: Herald Sun.

Awards

2008 Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award and Medal (Humanities/Social Sciences)

2006 National Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant

2005 Ron Shepherd Memorial Research Prize (First Equal)

Projects

I'm currently examining how social and physical environmental factors are associated with children's active transport and independent mobility, drawing on data on from the following projects: 

Carver A, Salmon J, Cleland V, Veitch J, Ball K, Crawford D. Individual, social and physical environmental influences on children's active transport and independent mobility. ARC Linkage in partnership with VicHealth. Total funding over 3 years (2010-2012) =$ 149,992

Carver A.  Australian arm of an international comparison study of children’s independent mobility (in collaboration with M. Hillman and team, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London). VicHealth. Total funding for one year (2010) = $25,000.

Publications

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2016

Objectively measured sedentary behaviour and health and development in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr Dylan Paul Cliff, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Stewart Vella, Dr Trina Hinkley, Margarita D. Tsiros, Dr Nicky Ridgers, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Jenny Veitch, Anne-Maree Parrish, Dr Louise Hardy, Prof Ronald C Plotnikoff, Tony Okely, Prof Jo Salmon, Dr David Revalds Lubans

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 330-344, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Australian children's independent mobility levels: secondary analyses of cross-sectional data between 1991 and 2012

Stephanie Schoeppe, Paul Tranter, Mitch J. Duncan, Carey Curtis, Dr Alison Carver, Karen Malone

(2016), Vol. 14, pp. 408-421, Children's geographies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Safety in numbers: Does perceived safety mediate associations between the neighborhood social environment and physical activity among women living in disadvantaged neighborhoods?

Prof Anna Timperio, Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Alison Carver

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 49-54, Preventive Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Bicycles gathering dust rather than raising dust - prevalence and predictors of cycling among Australian schoolchildren

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 540-544, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Does parental accompaniment when walking or cycling moderate the association between physical neighbourhood environment and active transport among 10-12 year olds?

Ariane Ghekiere, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Jo Salmon, Benedicte Deforche, Prof Anna Timperio

(2015), Vol. In press, pp. 1-5, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

How active are people in metropolitan parks? An observational study of park visitation in Australia

Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Gavin Abbott, Prof Billie Giles-Corti, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Jo Salmon

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal

Addressing the social determinants of inequities in physical activity and sedentary behaviours

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Alison Carver, Miss Katherine Downing, Dr Michelle Jackson, Kerryn O`Rourke

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. ii8-ii19, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Independent mobility on the journey to school: A joint cross-sectional and prospective exploration of social and physical environmental influences

Dr Alison Carver, Jenna R Panter, Andrew Jones, Esther van Sluijs

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 25-32, Journal of Transport and Health, London, England, C1

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Exploring associations between parental and peer variables, personal variables and physical activity among adolescents: a mediation analysis

Maite Verloigne, Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Alison Carver, Prof Jo Salmon, Greet Maria Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Prof Anna Timperio

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-11, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1

journal

A natural experiment to examine the impact of park renewal on park-use and park-based physical activity in a disadvantaged neighbourhood: the REVAMP study methods

Dr Jenny Veitch, Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford, Miss Elly Fletcher, Prof Billie Giles-Corti

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, BMC Public health, London, England, C1

journal

Are independent mobility and territorial range associated with park visitation among youth?

Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Alison Carver, Dr Clare Hume, Prof David Crawford, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Jo Salmon

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Active transport, independent mobility and territorial range among children residing in disadvantaged areas

Dr Alison Carver, Dr Jenny Veitch, Dr Shannon Sahlqvist, Prof David Crawford, Dr Clare Hume

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 267-273, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2013

Parental chauffeurs : what drives their transport choice?

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2013), Vol. 26, pp. 72-77, Journal of transport geography, Oxford, England, C1

journal

A comparison study of children's independent mobility in England and Australia

Dr Alison Carver, Ben Watson, Ben Shaw, Mayer Hillman

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 461-475, Children's Geographies, Oxon, England, C1

journal
2012

How does perceived risk mediate associations between perceived safety and parental restriction of adolescents' physical activity in their neighborhood?

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof David Crawford

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 1-7, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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Young and free? A study of independent mobility among urban and rural dwelling Australian children

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 505-510, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Chatswood , N.S.W., C1

journal

Maternal misconceptions of weight status among Nepean adolescents

V. A. Shrewsbury, Sarah P. Garnett, A/Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Alison Carver, Siranda Torvaldsen, Katharine S. Steinbeck, Christopher T. Cowell, Prof Louise Baur

(2012), Vol. 112, pp. 2007-2013, Journal of the academy of nutrition and dietetics, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2010

Are safety-related features of the road environment associated with smaller declines in physical activity among youth?

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof David Crawford

(2010), Vol. 87, pp. 29-43, Journal of urban health, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Are children and adolescents less active if parents restrict their physical activity and active transport due to perceived risk?

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof David Crawford

(2010), Vol. 70, pp. 1799-1805, Social science & medicine, Oxford, England, C1

journal
2008

Playing it safe : the influence of neighbourhood safety on children's physical activity − A review

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2008), Vol. 14, pp. 217-227, Health & place, Kidlington, England, C1

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Perceptions of neighborhood safety and physical activity among youth : the CLAN study

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2008), Vol. 5, pp. 430-444, Journal of physical activity & health, Champaign, Ill., C1

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Neighborhood road environments and physical activity among youth : the CLAN Study

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Anna Timperio, Prof David Crawford

(2008), Vol. 85, pp. 532-544, Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine,, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Parent's views of the importance of making changes in settings where children spend time to prevent obesity

Prof David Crawford, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Clare Hume, Dr Michelle Jackson, Dr Alison Carver, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Jo Salmon

(2008), Vol. 17, pp. 148-158, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, McKinnon, Vic., C1

journal
2007

Associations between the home food environment and obesity-promoting eating behaviors in adolescence

A/Prof Karen Campbell, Prof David Crawford, Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Alison Carver, Sarah P. Garnett, Prof Louise Baur

(2007), Vol. 15, pp. 719-730, Obesity, London, England, C1

journal
2005

How do perceptions of local neighborhood relate to adolescents` walking and cycling?

Dr Alison Carver, Prof Jo Salmon, A/Prof Karen Campbell, Prof Louise Baur, Sarah P. Garnett, Prof David Crawford

(2005), Vol. 20, pp. 139-147, American journal of health promotion : AJHP, Royal Oak, MI, C1

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