Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Biography summary

Claudia Strugnell is a Reseach Fellow within the 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 interventions, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, body composition and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

Claudias PhD investigated the influences associated with physical activity, sedentary behaviour, overweight and obesity and abdominal obesity among a sample of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) adolescents in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia.

Research interests

Child and adolescent physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet quality

Child and adolescent overweight and obesity and central obesity

Age-related changes in body composition and disease risk

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

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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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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Lynne Millar, Dr Andrew Churchill, A/Prof Felice Jacka, A/Prof Colin Bell, Ms Mary Malakellis, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender

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


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

Miss Bridget Morrissey, Ms Mary Malakellis, Ms Jill Whelan, Dr Lynne Millar, Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Claudia Strugnell

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC 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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Kyle Turner, Ms Mary Malakellis, Mr Josh Hayward, Dr Charlie Foster, Dr Lynne Millar, Prof Steven Allender

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

Mrs Jennifer Marks, Dr Lisa Barnett, Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender

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


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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Andre Renzaho, Dr Kate Ridley, Dr Cate Burns

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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof David W Dunstan, Dianna J. Magliano, Prof Paul Zimmet, A/Prof Jonathan Shaw, Prof Robin Daly

(2014), pp. -, Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, Paris, France, 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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Andre Renzaho, Dr Kate Ridley, Dr Cate Burns

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


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

Dr Andre Renzaho, Dr Ben Richardson, Dr Claudia 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

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Andre Renzaho, Dr Kate Ridley, Dr Cate Burns

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