Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Anna Timperio

Position NHF Future Leader Fellow
Email anna.timperio@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 92517244
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus


Role and profile
Dr Timperio is a senior researcher in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She currently holds a VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship. Dr Timperio is an active researcher with a program of work related to understanding influences on physical activity behaviour and weight status.


Teaching responsibilities
Supervision of two PhD students


Research interests
Dr Timperio’s research is focused on understanding the range of influences on physical activity, eating behaviours and weight status, particularly among children and adolescents, and over critical life transition periods (e.g., childhood to adolescence, adolescence to young adulthood). She is involved in several longitudinal studies that examine individual, social and environmental influences on behaviour. A major focus of her recent work has been understanding and measuring neighbourhood food and physical activity environments. Dr Timperio’s other research interests include: physical activity measurement; the behavioural epidemiology of weight control; and evaluation of health promotion and public health interventions.


Awards and prizes
Healthway Excellence in Health Promotion Award (‘Health Promotion Projects targeting priority health issues’ category), won by the RESIDE Project team, Perth, 2008.
Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellent Contributions to Research (Early Career Researcher), 2005 and 2006.
Best Poster Presentation, Early Career Researcher, 4th Conference of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Amsterdam, 16-18 June, 2005.
Excellence Award for Best Paper Presentation, Early Career Researcher, Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference, Melbourne, 10-12 February, 2005.
VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship, 2005.



Memberships
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
International Physical Activity and Environment Network (IPEN)
The Nutrition Society
ACAORN (Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network)



Service to the University, discipline or community
Dr Timperio currently serves on the Faculty Board.

Dr Timperio currently serves as Associate Editor for Public Health Nutrition and is Co-Chair of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group of the Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN). She was also a member of the Local Organising Committee for the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, 2011.

Dr Timperio served on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (2006-2008). She regularly reviews manuscripts for more than 15 international journals. She also regularly reviews research applications for national and international funding bodies, including the Australian Research Council, National Heart Foundation of Australia, VicHealth, Healthway and the Prevention Programme of ZonMw (The Netherlands).



Conferences
Selected conference presentations:

Timperio A, Salmon J, Ball K, te Velde S, Crawford D. 2009. ‘Neighbourhood characteristics and television viewing in children: nothing to do but watch TV?’ (poster presentation). Eighth Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon.
Timperio A, Ball K, Campbell K, Roberts R, Crawford D. 2006. ‘Access to fast food outlets and children’s consumption of takeaway, fruit and vegetables.’ Ninth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Bangkok.
Timperio A, Ball K, Salmon J, Giles-Corti B, Roberts R, Crawford D. 2006. ‘The built environment and children’s physical activity’ (oral presentation). Fifth Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Boston.
Timperio A. 2005. ‘The built environment and children’s physical activity’ (invited speaker). Creating Child Friendly Cities Conference, Melbourne.
Timperio A, Ball K, Crawford D, Salmon J. 2005. ‘Objective measurement of environmental attributes related to nutrition and physical activity – key methodological issues’ (oral presentation). Fourth Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Amsterdam.
Timperio A, Salmon J, Ball K, Salmon L, Baur L, Crawford D. 2005. ‘The family physical activity and sedentary environment and longitudinal changes in children’s weight: the CLAN Study’ (oral presentation). 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, Adelaide.
Timperio A, Crawford D, Ball K, Giles-Corti B, Baur L, Salmon J. 2004. ‘Correlates of active commuting to school’ (oral presentation). Eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz.
Timperio A, Salmon J, Crawford D. 2004. ‘Perceptions of local neighbourhood environments and their relationship to childhood obesity’ (poster presentation). Eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Mainz.
Timperio A, Telford A, Crawford D, Salmon J. 2003. ‘Perceptions of the local neighbourhood and walking and cycling among children’ (oral presentation). Second Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Quebec City.
Timperio A, Salmon J, Rosenberg M, Bull F, Crawford D. 2002. ‘Assessing physical activity among adults: What, when and how?’ (oral presentation). Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Helsinki.

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12th June 2012