Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Karen Campbell

Position Associate Professor
Email karen.campbell@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 52278414
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus


Role and profile
Dr Campbell is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Population Health in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She previously held a 5-year Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Public Health Research Fellowship (completed April 2012) and continues to be an active researcher in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). Dr Campbell’s research focuses on understanding and promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours in young children, with a view to promoting health generally and reducing the risks of overweight and other chronic lifestyle disease.


Teaching responsibilities
Supervises 4 PhD students


Research interests
Dr Campbell’s research focuses on the behavioural, social and environmental influences on eating, sedentary behaviours and physical activity in infants and children, with particular emphasis on the home environment as a determinant of these behaviours. She leads an NHMRC funded obesity prevention intervention known as the Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT), which concludes in December 2010. This large cluster randomised controlled trial involves 560 first-time parents and their 3 to 18 month old infants.
More information regarding this study can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/103



Awards and prizes
2009 Vice Chancellors Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Researcher)
2007-2011 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Public Health Research Fellowship
2007-2011 National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant (#425801)
2008-2010 National Heart Foundation of Australia Research Grant
2007 Central University Research Grant
2004-2006 National Heart Foundation of Australia Post Doctoral Fellowship
2000-2003 National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Scholarship



Memberships
International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Australian and New Zealand Society for the Study of Obesity
Public Health Association of Australia
Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine



Service to the University, discipline or community
Dr Campbell serves/has recently served on the following committees:

• CSIRO Healthy Weight and Wellbeing for Children initiative
• Department of Human Services Filling the Gaps - 'new parent resource' steering committee
• National Heart Foundation of Australia Children and Families Initiative

Further, Dr Campbell served as a board member of 4 years standing on the Geelong based community service organisation - Bethany Community Support. She is an executive member of The Parent’s Jury, an executive member of the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia, and the elected co-chair of the Obesity Prevention stream of the Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network.

Dr Campbell regularly reviews manuscripts for more than 15 national and international scientific journals. She reviews research applications for national funding bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Public Health Grant Review Group 2009, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, WA Healthways, New Zealand Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. She frequently presents her work to community and professional organisations.



Conferences
Dr Campbell has led the organisation of, and presented her work in, the following national and international conference symposia over the past three years:
• Dietitians Association of Australia 28th National Conference, May 2010.
“Promoting healthy nutrition for infants and children: Rationale, evidence, practice and policy.”

•Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth National Conference, September 2009. "Preventing obesity from early childhood: can influencing parents and the home environment make a difference?"

•Public Health Association of Australia National conference, September 2009. "Food-related interventions to improve public health."

•Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society National conference, November 2008. "Obesity prevention interventions in early childhood: building the evidence base."

•International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Boston 2006: "Childhood obesity prevention: whose responsibility?"

Dr Campbell has presented her work at the following conferences/universities over the past three years:

• Changing Infant feeding practices: Mid-intervention outcomes of the Melbourne Infant Program. Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, February 2010

• Changing Infant feeding practices: Mid-intervention outcomes of the Melbourne Infant Program. Australian and New Zealand Society for the Study of Obesity, November 2009.

•The Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial – "A Randomised Controlled Trial assessing a parenting skills based obesity prevention intervention in early childhood." European Congress of Obesity May 2009.

•"Parental use of restrictive feeding practices and change in child zBMI." Dietitians Association Australia National Conference, May 2009

•"Getting it Right from the Start: Early interventions for child obesity prevention; evidence, capacity and challenges." Invited Speaker. University of South Australia Sansom Seminar Series, November 2008.

•"Parental self-efficacy around children’s eating and sedentary behaviours." Population Health Congress Brisbane, November 2008.

•"Parental feeding restriction protective of incremental BMI gain over 2 years in younger children." Population Health Congress, Brisbane, July 2008

•"The compelling case for obesity prevention in early childhood." Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, Brisbane, November 2008

•National Diabetes Educators Association Conference.Turning the tide on childhood obesity. What parents and communities can do to support children to become healthy adults. July 2007. Invited Keynote.

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