Staff profile - David Crawford

Prof David Crawford

Position: Head of School
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446616 +61 3 92446616
Executive Assistant: Sharon Melder
Phone Number: +61 3 92446091



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide, 1981


International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


Teaching Interests

Supervision of 6 PhD students

Conferences and seminars

Crawford D. (2012). Invited Discussant, ENERGY Symposium, preconference symposium, European Congress of Obesity, Lyon, France, May.

Invited presentations Crawford D. (2011). Global Obesity Prevention Round Table. Invited Round Table Participant, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Abu Dhabi.

Crawford D. (2010). How important is the neighbourhood access and availability of foods in influencing intakes? (Invited presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia, Annual Scientific Meeting, Perth, Australia.

Crawford D. (2010). Environmental influences on obesity risk behaviours (Invited Plenary Speaker). Transdisciplinary Research on the Energetics and Cancer Meeting, supported by the NIH, Minneapolis, USA.

Crawford D. (2010). How important is the neighbourhood food environment in influencing fruit and vegetable intakes? EGEA Conference on Social and Health Benefits of a Balanced Diet, supported by the European Commission and the French Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Brussels.

Crawford D. (2009). Industry sponsoring of nutrition and physical activity research (Invited Keynote Debate). International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, Portugal.

Crawford D. (2007). The influence of home and neighbourhood environments on physical activity in children and adolescents. Satellite Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity - Promoting and sustaining physical activity: the interplay between environmental influences, motivational processes and physical activity, Bergen, Norway.

Crawford D. (2004). What do we know about the causes of the obesity epidemic? International Dairy Federation, World Dairy Summit, Melbourne.

Crawford D. (2004). Behavioural and environmental causes of the epidemic of childhood obesity (Invited Keynote Speaker). Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, 13th Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane.

Crawford D. (2004). Slim chance in a fat world? Understanding contextual influences on obesity (Invited Keynote Lecture). International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Washington DC.


Awards and prizes

2013: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for Healthy Eating awarded to the Promoting Healthy Eating Through Price Reduction & Skill-Building Program, conducted in partnership with the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Coles Supermarkets. The team is led by Ball K and includes Crawford, D and McNaughton S.

2012: InFANT project team awarded the Professor David Hill Award for Knowledge and Translation from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation for the INFANT project.  The team is led by Campbell K, Hesketh K, and includes Crawford D, Salmon J, Ball K, McNaughton S.

2009 Appointed as an Alfred Deakin Professor in recognition of sustained, high level contributions to research at Deakin University.

2007 Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education citation for outstanding contributions to student learning: For longstanding commitment to independent and relevant learning through the effective training and mentoring of Higher Degree by Research students in nutrition and physical activity.

2006 Victorian Department of Human Services Award for Innovation in Public Health Research, for the VicLanes neighbourhood and health project (Kavanagh, Turrell, Crawford, Jolley).

2006 Department for Victorian Communities, Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award for the Switch-Play project (Salmon, Hume, Ball, Booth, Crawford).


Research projects

Professor Crawford is involved in a wide range of Departmental, Faculty and University committees:

Faculty Board (Health)

Faculty Executive Group (Health)

Executive Committee of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)

Deakin University Research Advisory Committee

Member , Planning and Resources Committee, Deakin University

2011 Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

2011 Chair, Review Panel, Institute of Research Training, Deakin University

2010 Acting Dean, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University (Nov-Dec)

Other professional activities

2012 NHMRC Assigners Academy

2012-2013 Chair, Nominations Committee, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

2011-2013 Chair, Scientific Program committee, 2013 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Ghent

2011 President, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

2010-2011 President-Elect, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

2009-2011 Co-Chair, Local Organising Committee, 2011 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Melbourne.

2007-2009 Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA).

2008-2009 Scientific Program Committee, 2009 Heart Foundation National Conference.

2008 Obesity Working Group, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Preventative Health Taskforce.

2008 Advisory Group, Cancer Prevention Research Centre, University of Queensland.

2006- Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Performance Evaluation Committee.

Research interests

Professor Crawfords research is concerned with understanding the behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity; epidemiology of overweight and obesity; and development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults.

Much of his research is concerned with children and their families, and with examining socio-economic differences in nutrition and physical activity. Professor Crawfords research includes large scale population studies and intervention projects.

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