Staff profile - Alison Spence

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Dr Alison Spence

Position: Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92468280 +61 3 92468280
Email: a.spence@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
  • Bachelor Of Nutrition and Dietetics, Deakin University, 2007


Affiliations

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


Professional activities

Reviewer for Appetite, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Public Health Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour and Raising Children Network
Co-convenor of Dietitians Association of Australia Public Health and Community Nutrition Interest Group.   Member of Organising Committee for DAA National Conference, Melbourne, 2010

Academic

Teaching Interests

Unit Chair: HSN302
Unit Chair: HSN308
Unit Chair: HSN311 (2013 only)
Unit Chair: HSN201 (T3 only)
Unit Chair: HSN701 (T3 only)


Conferences and seminars

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2013. Maternal mediators of a health promotion intervention to improve child diet quality: results of The Melbourne InFANT Program (poster presentation). Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood conference, Grange-Over-Sands, UK.
Alison Spence, Kylie Hesketh, Adrian Cameron, David Crawford, Karen Campbell. 2013. The impact of maternal education on maternal correlates of young children’s diets: findings from the Melbourne InFANT Program (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2013. Maternal mediators of improved child dietary quality following the Melbourne InFANT Program (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, Ghent, Belgium.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Kylie Hesketh. 2012. Maternal feeding knowledge and use of rewards in feeding mediated improved child dietary quality following the Melbourne InFANT Program RCT (oral presentation). International Congress of Dietetics, Sydney.
Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices (oral presentation). International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 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 international conference, Melbourne.

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Kylie Hesketh. 2011. Influences on maternal feeding practices (oral presentation). Dietitians Association of Australia 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). Dietitians Association of Australia 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). Dietitians Association of Australia 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.

Awards

Awards and prizes

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


Research

Research projects

Reviewer for Public Health Nutrition and International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

Member of Organising Committee for DAA National Conference, Melbourne, 2010


Research interests

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


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/25622/Dr-Alison-Spence


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