Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Alison Spence

Position Lecturer
Email a.spence@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 92468280
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus


Role and profile
Dr Alison Spence is a lecturer in nutrition and population health within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, a researcher within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), and an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Alison’s research is in the area of parental influences on young children’s nutrition.


Teaching responsibilities
Unit Chair: HSN302
Unit Chair: HSN308
Unit Chair: HSN201/701 (T3 only)



Research interests
Alison completed her PhD within the NHMRC funded Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial (InFANT Program), investigating mediators of the effect of this intervention on early childhood dietary patterns. Alison is particularly interested in influences on young children’s diets, including parental nutrition knowledge, feeding practices, modelling and self-efficacy, and how these can be improved.


Awards and prizes
2010 Research in Practice Award at Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference
2008-2011 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship



Memberships
Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
Nutrition Australia
Golden Key International Honour Society



Service to the University, discipline or community
Reviewer for Public Health Nutrition and International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Member of Organising Committee for DAA National Conference, Melbourne, 2010



Conferences
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices, (Oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) International conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, David Crawford. 2011, Maternal nutrition knowledge and feeding practices: results of the Melbourne InFANT Program, (Poster presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) International conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices, (Oral presentation). DAA National Conference, Adelaide.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, David Crawford. 2010. Maternal feeding knowledge and feeding practices: Results of The Melbourne InFANT Program, a cluster-randomised controlled trial to promote optimal feeding and nutrition from 3-18 months of age, (Oral presentation in ‘Best of the Best’ plenary session). DAA National Conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford. 2009. Maternal expectations regarding infant feeding: The Melbourne InFANT Program, (Oral presentation). DAA National conference, Darwin.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, Kylie Hesketh, David Crawford. 2009. The diets of infants and toddlers: a review of the literature, (Poster presentation). DAA National conference, Darwin.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford. 2009. The diets of infants and toddlers: a review of the literature, (Poster presentation). Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth Conference (ARACY) conference, Melbourne.


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12th June 2012