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 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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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


Establishing a sustainable childhood obesity monitoring system in regional Victoria

N Crooks, C Strugnell, C Bell, S Allender

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 1-7, Health promotion journal of Australia, Clayton, Vic., 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



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

Industry and Other Funding

Greater Shepparton's Primary School Health Behaviours Monitoring Proposal

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2016: $29,755


No completed student supervisions to report