Dr Alison Spence

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin University, 2007
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012

Contact

a.spence@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 45481

Research interests

Dr Spence is an expert in early childhood nutrition, focussing on children under five years of age. She conducts research in nutrition promotion for families with young children, with a particular interest in influences on young children’s diets, including family meals, parental feeding practices and role modelling, and how these can be improved.

Affiliations

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

Teaching interests

Unit Chair: HSN302
Unit Chair: HSN308
Unit Chair: HSN311 (2013 only)
Unit Chair: HSN201 (T3 only)
Unit Chair: HSN701 (T3 only)

Conferences

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2013. Maternal mediators of a health promotion intervention to improve child diet quality: results of The Melbourne InFANT Program (poster presentation). Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood conference, Grange-Over-Sands, UK.
Alison Spence, Kylie Hesketh, Adrian Cameron, David Crawford, Karen Campbell. 2013. The impact of maternal education on maternal correlates of young children’s diets: findings from the Melbourne InFANT Program (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2013. Maternal mediators of improved child dietary quality following the Melbourne InFANT Program (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2012. Maternal feeding knowledge and use of rewards in feeding mediated improved child dietary quality following the Melbourne InFANT Program RCT (oral presentation). International Congress of Dietetics, Sydney.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, David Crawford. 2011, Maternal nutrition knowledge and feeding practices: results of the Melbourne InFANT Program (poster presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices (oral presentation). Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, Adelaide.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, David Crawford. 2010. Maternal feeding knowledge and feeding practices: Results of The Melbourne InFANT Program, a cluster-randomised controlled trial to promote optimal feeding and nutrition from 3-18 months of age, (oral presentation in ‘Best of the Best’ plenary session). Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford. 2009. Maternal expectations regarding infant feeding: The Melbourne InFANT Program (oral presentation). Dietitians Association of Australia National conference, Darwin.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford. 2009. The diets of infants and toddlers: a review of the literature (poster presentation). Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Conference (ARACY) conference, Melbourne.

Professional activities

Reviewer for Appetite, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Public Health Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour and Raising Children Network
Co-convenor of Dietitians Association of Australia Public Health and Community Nutrition Interest Group.   Member of Organising Committee for DAA National Conference, Melbourne, 2010

Awards

2010 Research in Practice Award at Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference
2008-2011 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Projects

Reviewer for Public Health Nutrition and International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

Member of Organising Committee for DAA National Conference, Melbourne, 2010

Publications

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2017

Validity of short food questionnaire items to measure intake in children and adolescents: a systematic review

Rebecca K. Golley, Lucinda K. Bell, Gilly A. Hendrie, Anna Rangan, Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Leah C. Carpenter, A/Prof Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Angela H. De Silva, Tim Gill, Prof Clare Collins, Helen TRUBY, Dr Victoria Flood, Tracy Burrows

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 36-50, Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Family meals with young children: an online study of family mealtime characteristics, among Australian families with children aged six months to six years

Mrs Eloise Litterbach, Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Alison Spence

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Mothers' perceptions of Melbourne InFANT Program : informing future practice

Mrs Priscilla Lai Han Lunn, Ms Sanae Roberts, Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof Karen Campbell

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 614-622, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Mothers' perceptions of the influences on their child feeding practices - a qualitative study

Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof David Crawford, Prof Karen Campbell

(2016), Vol. 105, pp. 596-603, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Practicalities and research considerations for conducting childhood obesity prevention interventions with families

Prof Philip J Morgan, Dr Rachel A. Jones, Prof Clare Collins, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Myles Young, Tracy Burrows, Dr Anthea Magarey, Dr Helen Brown, Dr Trina Hinkley, Rebecca PERRY, Dr Leah Brennan, Dr Alison Spence, Prof Karen Campbell

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-16, Children, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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2015

A review of the relationship between socioeconomic position and the early-life predictors of obesity

Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Alison Spence, Dr Rachel Laws, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, Prof Karen Campbell

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 350-362, Current obesity reports, New York, N. Y., C1

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Association between maternal education and diet of children at 9 months is partially explained by mothers' diet

Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Prof David Crawford, Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof Karen Campbell

(2015), Vol. 11, pp. 936-947, Maternal and child nutrition, London, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Mediators of improved child diet quality following a health promotion intervention: the Melbourne InFANT program

Dr Alison Spence, Prof Karen Campbell, Prof David Crawford, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh

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

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2013

Tracking of dietary intakes in early childhood : the Melbourne InFANT program

Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Dr Alison Spence, Prof David Crawford, Prof Karen Campbell

(2013), Vol. 67, pp. 275-281, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

Home food availability mediates associations between mothers' nutrition knowledge and child diet

Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Gavin Abbott, Dr Alison Spence, Prof David Crawford, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Prof Kylie Ball

(2013), Vol. 71, pp. 1-6, Appetite, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

A health promotion intervention can affect diet quality in early childhood

Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof David Crawford, Prof Karen Campbell

(2013), Vol. 143, pp. 1672-1678, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Maryland, C1

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A parent-focused intervention to reduce infant obesity risk behaviors: a randomized trial

Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Prof David Crawford, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Zoe McCallum, Bibi Gerner, Dr Alison Spence, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Jill Hnatiuk, Dr Obioha Ukoumunne, Dr Lisa Gold, Dr Gavin Abbott, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh

(2013), Vol. 131, pp. 652-660, Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., C1

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2012

Parents’ dietary patterns are significantly correlated : findings from the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial Program

Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Prof David Crawford, Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, Prof Karen Campbell

(2012), Vol. 108, pp. 518-526, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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A parent focused child obesity prevention intervention improves some mother obesity risk behaviors : the Melbourne infant program

Dr Sandrine Lioret Suteau, Prof Karen Campbell, Prof David Crawford, Dr Alison Spence, A/Prof Kylie Hesketh, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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Grants

No grants found

Supervisions

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