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Dr Nicky Ridgers is an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Early Career Researcher in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She is an active researcher in children’s physical activity patterns and the factors that influence physical activity levels. She is also interested in measurement of physical activity using a range of objective monitors.
Supervisor of two PhD students.
Dr Ridgers’ current program of research is examining factors that influence children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviours. She is interested in the assessment of these behaviours, and how these behaviours are influenced by a range of factors. Dr Ridgers is also interested in children’s physical activity levels and play behaviours during school recess and lunchtime. She has conducted a longitudinal evaluation of the effect of a playground markings and physical structures intervention on children’s activity levels, and has developed an observation instrument to enable researchers to determine the behaviours in which children engage in a range of play contexts.
2009 - Liverpool John Moores University Promising Researcher Award
2006 - Best oral presentation in the Public Health Category at the Postgraduate Research in Science and Medicine (PRISM) Annual Conference
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
Fellow - Higher Education Academy (UK)
Dr Ridgers has reviewed manuscripts for 17 international journals and reviews research applications for national and international funding bodies.
She has also acted as a PhD examiner, been invited on to a validation panel for sports-related degrees, and sat on a number of local government and non-government panels in relation to population physical activity and health.
Ridgers ND, Timperio A, Crawford D & Salmon J. 2011. ‘Children’s physical activity levels over a 5-year period assessed using accelerometry’ (oral presentation). 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, Glasgow. UK.
Ridgers ND, O’Dwyer MV & Stratton G. 2010. ‘The physical activity levels and play behaviours of pre-school children during lunch recess’ (oral presentation). 1st European Congress on Physical Activity and Health among 0-6 year old children, Epinal, France.
Ridgers ND, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2010. ‘Changes in children’s physical activity levels and play behaviours during school recess over 12-months’ (poster presentation). 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.
Ridgers ND & Sayers J. 2010. ‘Natural play in the forest: A pilot evaluation of a Forest School’ (oral presentation).Trees and Forests in British Society Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ridgers ND, Carter LM, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2009. ‘Children’s Physical Activity and Behaviour during School Recess over Time: The A-CLASS Project’ (oral presentation). Pediatric Work Physiology Group Conference, Le Touquet, France.
Ridgers ND, Graves LEF & Stratton G. 2009. ‘Environmental features and equipment availability on physical activity levels in 9 to 10 year old children: A-CLASS Project’ (poster presentation). Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, USA.
Ridgers ND, Finnigan D, Carter L, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2009. ‘Physical activity and play behaviours of children during playtime: A-CLASS Project’ (oral presentation). UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 4th Annual Scientific Meeting, Exeter University, Exeter, UK.
Ridgers ND, Graves LEF & Stratton G. 2008. ‘Physical activity and fitness of children aged 9-10 years: A-CLASS Project’ (oral presentation). 13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, Estoril, Portugal.