Dr Claudia Strugnell



Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Biography summary

Claudia Strugnell is a Reseach Fellow within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University.  Claudia's research centres around the umbrella of child and adolescent obesity; with a particular focus on community-based systems interventions, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, diet quality, body composition, sleep behaviours and wellbeing among youth.

Claudia is currently the Director of Monitoring and Co-Stream Leader of the Obesity and Risk Factor Monitoring Stream within GLOBE.  In this position, Claudia has focussed on the establishement of low cost, routine, high participatory and measured childhood obesity and risk factor monitoring systems among school-children.  Key projects include the Healthy Together Victoria and Childhood Obesity study, the Whole of System Trial of Prevention Strategies for childhood obesity: WHO STOPS childhood obesity study and the RESPOND: Reflexive Evidence and Systems Interventions to Prevent Obesity and Non-Communicable Disease study.

Research interests

Child and adolescent physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet quality

Child and adolescent overweight and obesity and central obesity

Socio-cultural influences on physical activity and sedentary behaviour participation and dietary intake

Whole of community systems interventions to prevent childhood obesity

Teaching interests

Claudia has been involved in teaching several units at the undergraduate and post-graduate level in the areas of obesity prevention, physical activity and nutritional assessment. In 2013, Claudia was the Honours Co-Course Leader in the School of Health and Social Development.


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Active (Opt-In) consent underestimates mean BMI-z and the prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to passive (Opt-Out) consent. Evidence from the Healthy Together Victoria and Childhood Obesity Study

C Strugnell, L Orellana, J Hayward, L Millar, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, International journal of research and public health, BAsel, Switzerland, C1


Networks for prevention in 19 communities at the start of a large-scale community-based obesity prevention initiative

J Marks, A Sanigorski, B Owen, J McGlashan, L Millar, M Nichols, C Strugnell, S Allender

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 575-584, Translational behavioral medicine, Oxford, Eng., C1


Protocol for an economic evaluation of WHO STOPS childhood obesity stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

Rohan Sweeney, Marj Moodie, Phuong Nguyen, Penny Fraser, Kristy Bolton, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Marks, Nic Crooks, Claudia Strugnell, Colin Bell, Lynne Millar, Liliana Orellana, Steven Allender

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, ENg., C1


Impact of cultural background on fundamental movement skill and its correlates

Lisa Barnett, Rohan Telford, Claudia Strugnell, James Rudd, Lisa Olive, Richard Telford

(2018), pp. 1-8, Journal of sports sciences, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria

N Crooks, C Strugnell, C Bell, S Allender

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 96-102, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., C1


Sleep duration and risk of obesity among a sample of Victorian school children

B Morrissey, M Malakellis, J Whelan, L Millar, B Swinburn, S Allender, C Strugnell

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1


Healthy together Victoria and childhood obesity-a methodology for measuring changes in childhood obesity in response to a community-based, whole of system cluster randomized control trial

C Strugnell, L Millar, A Churchill, F Jacka, C Bell, M Malakellis, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 74, pp. 1-16, Archives of public health, London, Eng., C1


Composition of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour participation across the school-day, influence of gender and weight status: cross-sectional analyses among disadvantaged Victorian school children

C Strugnell, K Turner, M Malakellis, J Hayward, C Foster, L Millar, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-12, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1


Lifestyle factors and adolescent depressive symptomatology: associations and effect sizes of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour

J Hayward, F Jacka, H Skouteris, L Millar, C Strugnell, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 50, pp. 1064-1073, Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, London, Eng., C1


Whole of systems trial of prevention strategies for childhood obesity: WHO STOPS childhood obesity

S Allender, L Millar, P Hovmand, C Bell, M Moodie, R Carter, B Swinburn, C Strugnell, J Lowe, K de la Haye, L Orellana, S Morgan

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 1-12, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Changing from primary to secondary school highlights opportunities for school environment interventions aiming to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour: a longitudinal cohort study.

J Marks, L Barnett, C Strugnell, S Allender

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 59-59, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, England, C1


Physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Asian and Anglo-Australian adolescents.

C Strugnell, A Renzaho, K Ridley, C Burns

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 105-114, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., C1


Reliability and validity of the modified child and adolescent physical activity and nutrition survey (CAPANS-C) questionnaire examining potential correlates of physical activity participation among Chinese-Australian youth

C Strugnell, A Renzaho, K Ridley, C Burns

(2014), Vol. 14, BMC public health, London, England, C1


Influence of age and gender on fat mass, fat-free mass and skeletal muscle mass among Australian adults: the Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study (AUSDIAB)

C Strugnell, D Dunstan, D Magliano, P Zimmet, J Shaw, R Daly

(2014), Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, Paris, France, C1


Resident well?being, community connections, and neighbourhood perceptions, pride, and opportunities among disadvantage metropolitan and regional communities : evidence from the neighbourhood renewal project.

A Renzaho, B Richardson, C Strugnell

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 871-885, Journal of community psychology, London, England, C1


Reliability of the modified child and adolescent physical activity and nutrition survey, physical activity (CAPANS-PA) questionnaire among chinese-australian youth

C Strugnell, A Renzaho, K Ridley, C Burns

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, BMC medical research methodology, London, Eng., C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Healthy Together Kids Evaluation

Prof Steven Allender, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Lynne Millar

NHF Vanguard Grant - National Heart Foundation of Australia

  • 2014: $74,812

Other Public Sector Funding

Food environment inequalities and obesity in Victorian Growth Areas, from paddock to shopping centre gate

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender, A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Liliana Orellana, Mrs Cindy Needham

  • 2018: $90,000

Campbelltown Changing our Future: A whole of systems approach to childhood obesity in south western Sydney

Prof Steven Allender, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Mr Nic Crooks

  • 2018: $252,248

Industry and Other Funding

Greater Shepparton's Primary School Health Behaviours Monitoring Proposal

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2016: $29,755

Evaluation of the amended Victorian Achievement Program for schools - Pilot study of outcomes for teachers

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Ms Melanie Nichols, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Ms Victoria Brown, Mr Nic Crooks

  • 2018: $40,000

Childhood Advocacy Monitoring Project

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Mr Nic Crooks, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2018: $174,831

Translate a community-based and 'systems informed' childhood obesity intervention.

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Melanie Nichols, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Colin Bell, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Liliana Orellana, Dr Josh Hayward, Mr Andrew Brown

  • 2018: $70,000


No completed student supervisions to report