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Dr Kylie Hesketh is a Research Fellow supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA). She is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research is concerned with the epidemiology of childhood overweight, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, with a particular focus on prevention and early childhood (0-5 years).
Currently supervises 3 PhD students
Has supervised 4 PhD and 4 honours students to completion
Dr Hesketh’s research is primarily concerned with understanding the determinants of children’s weight status, physical activity and sedentary behaviour with an aim to preventing overweight and inactivity. As a NHFA Career Development Fellow, she is investigating strategies to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours during early childhood to prevent obesity. She is currently conducting a large randomised controlled trial that aims to assist new parents to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours from infancy. She is also conducting a large longitudinal cohort study investigating determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviours during the transition from preschool to primary school.
2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher
2011 Award for Best Oral Presentation in Epidemiology and Policy Theme, International Epidemiology Association World Congress of Epidemiology, Edinburgh
2010 Best Presentation by an Early Career Researcher, Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference, Brisbane
2010 Finalist Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Humanities & Social Sciences)
2009-2013 National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Award
2005-2008 National Health and Medical Research Council/National Heart Foundation of Australia Part-time Postdoctoral Training Fellowship
2004 Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity Young Investigator Award
2002 Royal Children’s Hospital Jeff Crouch Memorial Medal
2002 Melbourne Abroad Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship
2001-2004 National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN)
Australasian Epidemiology Association (AEA)
Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (ASBHM)
Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
National Eating Disorder Collaboration Prevention Advisory Group (2012-current)
Heart Foundation Scholarship Public Health Assessor Panel (2012)
YMCA Health and Medical Advisory Committee (2008-current)
Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN) (2007-current)
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Editorial Board (2007-current)
Associate Editor BMC Public Health Editorial Board (2008-2012)
Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine Executive Committee (2008-2012)
ISBNPA 2011 Annual Conference Local Organising Committee (2009-2011)
YMCA World Urban Network Conference (Invited keynote presentation) Early years imperatives for a healthy life- a world context. Hong Kong July 29, 2010.
Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Invited symposium presentation). Working with mothers and in early childhood settings – tips from the coal face. Melbourne: October 24, 2009.
Kinect Victoria ‘Go for your life’ Healthy Families Forum (Invited presentation). Importance of parents in early childhood obesity prevention. Melbourne: June16, 2009.
Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting (Invited workshop presentation). Obesity prevention interventions in under 5’s: The story of a rapidly changing evidence base. Brisbane: November 22, 2008.
Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting (Invited workshop presentation). Balancing a successful career with the rest of your life. Canberra: August 31, 2007.
Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity Annual Scientific Meeting (Invited presentation). Body mass index and parent-reported self esteem in elementary school children: evidence for a causal relationship. Brisbane: August 14, 2004.
Australian Health and Medical Research Congress (Invited symposium presentation). What do recent trends in weight gain tell us about opportunities for prevention. Melbourne: November 25, 2002.
National Physical Activity Conference (Oral presentation). Associations between a mother’s own activity levels and her self-efficacy and intentions for her child’s physical activity. Brisbane 2009.
Public Health Association of Australia Conference (Oral presentation). Comparing parental knowledge with the draft Australian Physical Activity Recommendations for 0-5 year olds. Canberra 2009.
Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine Conference (Oral presentation). Associations between child overweight and objectively measured physical activity within different time windows. Sydney 2008.