Staff profile

Prof Ester Cerin

Position: Professor Of Physical Activity And Health
role description
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46763 +61 3 924 46763



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nottingham Trent University, 2001
  • Master of Science, University of Queensland, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), 2015


International Society of Physical Activity and Health
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
International Physical Activity and Environment Network
Council on Environment and Physical Activity

Professional activities

Professor Cerin currently serves on the Faculty of Health and School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Boards.

She is Associate Editor of BMC Public Health, the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (Springer). She also serves as member on the editorial boards of Psychology of Sport and Exercise and Mental Health and Physical Activity. She is co-leader of the Council on Environment and Physical Activity (CEPA) - Older Adults, active member of the CEPA - Youth, and member of the Socioeconomic Inequalities special interest group (SIG) of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a member of the Executive and Publication Committees of the International Physical Activity and Environment Network studies (adults and adolescents). She regularly reviews manuscripts for more than 25 international journals. She also regularly reviews research proposals for national and international bodies including the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Health and Medical Research Fund (Hong Kong) and the Prevention Programme of ZonMw (The Netherlands).

Professor Cerin has served as member of various research, study programme, search and admission committees at previous institutions (University of Queensland; University of Hong Kong; Baylor College of Medicine).


Teaching Interests

Professor Cerin has co-supervised/supervised 22 undergraduate (honours), 3 MPhil and 8 PhD students to completion. She is currently supervising a PhD and an MPhil student. She is also providing methodological/statistical advice to a number of postgraduate students within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN).

Professor Cerin is responsible for the development and delivery of seminars and workshops focused on methodological and statistical issues for postgraduate students in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Conferences and seminars

Cerin E. (2013). Statistical models that can preserve your sanity when data aren’t normal (invited workshop). Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium.

Cerin E. (2012). Environment and walking in Hong Kong elders (invited talk). Seminar Series – Food and Welfare Bureau, Department of Health, Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

Cerin E, Velde SJ, van Stralen MM. (2011). Discovering mechanisms of physical activity and dietary behaviour change: mediation and moderation analyses (invited workshop). Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia.

Cerin E. (2010). Urban environment and walking: from global simplicity to local complexity (invited). Forum - Physical Activity: The Challenges for Schools and Communities, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Cerin E. (2010). Towards a better understanding of obesity prevention in children: exploring mechanisms and conditions for behavior change (invited). III International Conference of Physical Education and Sports Science, Singapore.
Cerin E, Norman G. (2009). Statistical approaches to testing ecological models of physical activity behavior (invited workshop). Annual Meeting – Active Living Research, San Diego, California, USA>
Cerin E. (2007). Recommended versus current practice in intervening variable analyses in studies of physical activity (invited). Seminar Series - Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
Cerin E. (2006). Physical activity and the built environment: Evidence from the NQLS and PLACE studies (invited talk). Frontiers in Biomedical Research. Hong Kong, China.


Awards and prizes

2013: Professorial Fellow – Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
2012: Most cited paper – Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior
2006: Research Fellowship – University of Hong Kong RAP/PDF Scheme (Hong Kong SAR)
1999: 2nd prize – Best postgraduate student presentation – The Nottingham Trent University (UK)
1998: Postgraduate scholarship (MPhil/PhD) – The Nottingham Trent University (UK)


Research interests

Professor Cerin’s research is focused on understanding the individual, social and environmental influences on physical activity behaviours in various age groups, geographical locations and cultures; the impact of physical activity patterns and environmental factors on mental health, with specific focus on older adults; and the application, development, and dissemination of state-of-the-art statistical methods to behavioural physical activity and nutrition research.

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