Dr Lukar Thornton

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Population Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009
Bachelor of Science (Environment), Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2015
Master of Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne, 2015

Contact

Research interests

Dr Thornton's research interests include:

socio-economic and environmental determinants of eating behaviours

development of more sophisticated measures of food access, both through improved conceptualisation and the utilisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Affiliations

Australian Epidemiological Association

International Epidemiological Association

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Teaching interests

Co-supervises 2 PhD students

Conferences

1. THORNTON L. Food purchasing: Where, when and with whom. (Oral presentation). 8th International Conference on Social Science Methodology. Sydney, July 2012. 2. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Sodergren M, Svastisalee C, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). Snack food availability in major supermarkets: An international comparison. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Austin, May 2012. 3. THORNTON L, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation) Food purchasing: how important is the local neighbourhood?, International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Rome, May 2012. 4. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). The availability of energy-dense snack foods within Melbourne supermarkets. 2nd National Food Futures conference, Hobart, November 2011. 5. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D.(Oral presentation). Socioeconomic variation in availability of energy-dense snack foods within Australian supermarkets. International Medical Geography Symposium, Durham, July 2011. 6. THORNTON L, Crawford, D, Ball K. (Oral presentation). Investigating individual measures of food exposure and food purchasing. International Medical Geography Symposium, Durham, July 2011. 7. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). The development of an audit tool to assess snack-foods within supermarkets. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, June 2011. 8. THORNTON L, Kavanagh A. Convened and chaired symposium Measurement of food access in local environments: innovations and implications. (Oral presentation within this) Creating an exposure measure to examine the entire local food environment. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Minneapolis, June 2010. 9. THORNTON L, Bentley R, Kavanagh A. (Poster presentation). A multilevel analysis of socio-demographic and socio-economic predictors of fast food purchasing. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, June 2009. 10. THORNTON L, Bentley R, Kavanagh A. (Poster presentation). A multilevel analysis of food environments as a determinant of fast food purchasing. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, June 2009.

Awards

2008 PHAA student award for abstract submitted for Population Health Congress

2008 AEA student award for abstract submitted for Population Health Congress

2007 AEA student award for abstract submitted for Australian Epidemiological Association Annual Scientific Meeting

2007 Harold Mitchell Travelling fellowship ($5,000) and the Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship ($1,250).

Projects

Dr Thornton was a Member of the Local Organising Committee, 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne.



He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and regularly reviews manuscripts for national and international journals.

Publications

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2016

Socioeconomic position in young adulthood is associated with BMI in Australian families

Katrina Scurrah, Anne-Marie Kavanagh, Rebecca J Bentley, Dr Lukar Thornton, Stephen B. Harrap

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 39-46, Journal of public health, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Fast food restaurant locations according to socioeconomic disadvantage, urban-regional locality, and schools within Victoria, Australia

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 1-9, SSM - population health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data

Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Karen Lamb, Ms Jennifer Mccann, Miss Kate Elizabeth Parker, Prof David Crawford

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 86-91, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Associations of public transport accessibility with walking, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes

Alison Barr, Rebecca J Bentley, Julie A Simpson, Jan Scheurer, Prof Neville Owen, Prof David Dunstan, Dr Lukar Thornton, Lauren Kmjacki, Prof Anne Kavanagh

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 141-153, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2015

Does food store access modify associations between intrapersonal factors and fruit and vegetable consumption?

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Marilyn Tseng, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 902-906, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, Eng., C1

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Environmental barriers and enablers to physical activity participation among rural adults: A qualitative study

Dr Verity Jane Cleland, Clarrisa Hughes, Dr Lukar Thornton, Kathryn Squibb, A/Prof Alison Venn, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 99-104, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, DC, C1

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Neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and fruit and vegetable consumption: a seven countries comparison

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Karen Lamb, Claudia Costa, Nicoleta Cutumisu, Anne Ellaway, Carlijin B. Kamphuis, Graciela Mentz, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Paula Santana, Rita Santos, Amy J Schulz, John Spence, Dr Lukar Thornton, Frank van Lenthe, Shannon N. Zenk

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-13, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

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Does the presence and mix of destinations influence walking and physical activity?

Tania King, Rebecca J Bentley, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Anne Kavanagh

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-12, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

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Statistical approaches used to assess the equity of access to food outlets: a systematic review

Dr Karen Lamb, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Ester Cerin, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 358-401, AIMS public health, Springfield, Mo., C1

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The use of kernel density estimation to examine associations between neighborhood destination intensity and walking and physical activity

Tania King, Dr Lukar Thornton, Rebecca J Bentley, Prof Anne Kavanagh

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-16, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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A qualitative study of environmental factors important for physical activity in rural adults

Dr Verity Cleland, Clarissa Hughes, Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Alison Venn, Kathryn Squibb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Maternal efficacy and sedentary behavior rules predict child obesity resilience

Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Verity Cleland, Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Gavin Abbott, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, A/Prof Karen Campbell, Prof Johannes Brug, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Anna Timperio

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-11, BMC Obesity, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Sociodemographic factors associated with healthy eating and food security in socio-economically disadvantaged groups in the UK and Victoria, Australia

Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Prof Kylie Ball

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 20-30, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Is neighbourhood obesogenicity associated with body mass index in women? Application of an obesogenicity index in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods

Marilyn Tseng, Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof David Crawford

(2014), Vol. 30, pp. 20-27, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Explaining educational disparities in adiposity: The role of neighborhood environments.

Dr Gavin Abbott, Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 2413-2419, Obesity, Hoboken N. J., C1

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Food insecurity among university students in Victoria: A pilot study

Ms Dee Micevski, Dr Lukar Thornton, Ms Sonia Brockington

(2014), Vol. 71, pp. 258-264, Nutrition and Dietetics, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Socioeconomic differences in outdoor food advertising at public transit stops across Melbourne suburbs.

Miss Philippa Settle, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Lukar Thornton

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 414-418, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Deakin, ACT, C1

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Is access to alcohol associated with alcohol/substance abuse among people diagnosed with anxiety/mood disorder?

A L Pearson, C Bowie, Dr Lukar Thornton

(2014), Vol. 128, pp. 968-976, Public Health, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1

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2013

Variation in supermarket exposure to energy-dense snack foods by socio-economic position

Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Prof David Crawford

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 1178-1185, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Employment status, residential and workplace food environments: associations with women's eating behaviours

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 80-89, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Monitoring the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in community and consumer retail food environments globally

C N Mhurchu, S Vandevijvere, Dr Wilma Waterlander, Dr Lukar Thornton, Bridget Kelly, Dr Adrian Cameron, Dr Wendy Snowdon, Prof Boyd Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 108-119, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

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Does the availability of snack foods in supermarkets vary internationally?

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Dr Wilma Waterlander, Dr Marita Sodergren, Chalida Svastisalee, Laurence Blanchard, Angela D Liese, Sarah Battersby, Mary-Ann Carter, Judy Sheeshka, Sharon I Kirkpatrick, Sandy Sherman, Gill cowburn, Charlie Foster, Prof David Crawford

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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Environmental perceptions as mediators of the relationship between the objective built environment and walking among socioeconomically disadvantaged women

Delfien Van Dyck, Dr Jenny Veitch, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Kylie Ball

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, UK, C1

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Barriers to avoiding fast-food consumption in an environment supportive of unhealthy eating

Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Robert W Jeffery, Prof David Crawford

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 2105-2113, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, UK, C1

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Food insecurity among university students in Victoria : a pilot study

Ms Dee Micevski, Dr Lukar Thornton, Ms Sonia Brockington

(2013), Vol. 71, pp. 258-264, Nutrition and dietetics, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Cohort profile : The resilience for eating and activity despite inequality (READI) study

Prof Kylie Ball, Dr Verity Cleland, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Sarah Mcnaughton, Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Karen Campbell, Dr Michelle Jackson, Prof Louise Baur, Prof Gita Mishra, Prof Johannes Brug, RW Jeffery, Abby C. King, Ichiro Kawachi, Prof David Crawford

(2013), Vol. 42, pp. 1629-1639, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, England, C1-1

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2012

Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow

Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Laura Macdonald, Dr Karen Lamb, Anne Ellaway

(2012), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, International journal of health geographics, London, England, C1

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The availability of snack food displays that may trigger impulse purchases in Melbourne supermarkets

Dr Lukar Thornton

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, England, C1

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Is the objective food environment associated with perceptions of the food environment?

Dr Lauren Williams, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof David Crawford

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 291-298, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Optimising women’s diets. An examination of factors that promote healthy eating and reduce the likelihood of unhealthy eating

Dr Lauren Williams, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof David Crawford

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 41-46, Appetite, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland?

Anne Ellaway, Laura Macdonald, Dr Karen Lamb, Dr Lukar Thornton, Peter Day, A/Prof Jamie Pearce

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1335-1340, Health and place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Association between fast food purchasing and the local food environment

Dr Lukar Thornton, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Nutrition and diabetes, London, England, C1

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Perceived quality and availability of fruit and vegetables are associated with perceptions of fruit and vegetable affordability among socio-economically disadvantaged women

Dr Lauren Williams, Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 1262-1267, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Does parkland influence walking? The relationship between area of parkland and walking trips in Melbourne, Australia

Tania King, Dr Lukar Thornton, Rebecca J Bently, Anne M. Kavanagh

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

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2011

Who is eating where? Findings from the SESAW study

Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 523-531, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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Individual and area-level socioeconomic associations with fast food purchasing

Dr Lukar Thornton, Rebecca J Bentley, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 65, pp. 873-880, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, England, C1

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Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary

Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Jamie Pearce, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 1-9, The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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Access to alcohol outlets and harmful alcohol consumption : a multi-level study in Melbourne, Australia

Anne M. Kavanagh, Mary Kelly, Lauren Krnjacki, Dr Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Damien Jolley, S. V. Subramanian, Gavin Turrell, Rebecca J Bentley

(2011), Vol. 106, pp. 1772-1779, Addiction, Oxford, England, C1

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Reduced food access due to a lack of money, inability to lift and lack of access to a car for food shopping : a multilevel study in Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Cate Burns, Rebecca J Bentley, Dr Lukar Thornton, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 1017-1023, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

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2010

Neighbourhood-socioeconomic variation in women's diet : the role of nutrition environments

Dr Lukar Thornton, Prof David Crawford, Prof Kylie Ball

(2010), Vol. 64, pp. 1423-1432, European journal of clinical nutrition, Basingstoke, England, C1

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Understanding the local food environment and obesity

Dr Lukar Thornton, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2010), pp. 79-110, Geographies of obesity : environmental understandings of the obesity epidemic, Farnham, England, B1

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2009

Fast food purchasing and access to fast food restaurants : a multilevel analysis of VicLANES

Dr Lukar Thornton, Rebecca J Bentley, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

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2008

Area variation in recreational cycling in Melbourne : a compositional or contextual effect?

C B. M. Kamphuis, K Giskes, Anne M. Kavanagh, Dr Lukar Thornton, Lyndal Thomas, Frank van Lenthe, J P Mackenbach, Gavin Turrell

(2008), Vol. 62, pp. 890-898, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, England, C1-1

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Fast food purchasing and access to fast food restaurants : a multilevel analysis of VicLANES

Dr Lukar Thornton, Rebecca J Bentley, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2008), pp. -, Population health congress : a global world - practical action for health and well being, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2007

Fast food restaurant locations : could they be 'supersizing' local communities?

Dr Lukar Thornton

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 6-9, Australasian epidemiologist, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

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Fast food consumption and the density of fast food stores : a multilevel study in Melbourne, Australia

Dr Lukar Thornton, Anne M. Kavanagh

(2007), pp. -, Proceedings of the Australasian Epidemiological Association annual conference, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference
2006

Rock strength : a control of shore platform elevation

Dr Lukar Thornton, Wayne J Stephenson

(2006), Vol. 22, pp. 224-231, Journal of coastal research, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., C1-1

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2005

Australian rock coasts : review and prospects

Wayne J Stephenson, Dr Lukar Thornton

(2005), Vol. 36, pp. 95-115, Australian geographer, London, England, C1-1

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