Staff profile - David Crawford

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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
Email: david.crawford@deakin.edu.au
Executive Assistant: Sharon Melder
Email: sharon.melder@deakin.edu.au
Phone Number: +61 3 92446091

Biography

Biography

Professor Crawford is an Alfred Deakin Professor and holds a Personal Chair.  He is Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and the Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). Professor Crawfords research is concerned with obesity prevention.


Qualifications

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


Career highlights

2014  Inducted as a Fellow of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


2013  Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for Promoting Healthy Eating. (Ball, Crawford, McNaughton in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets).


2012   Professor David Hill Award for Knowledge and Translation from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation for the INFANT project (Campbell, Hesketh, Crawford, Salmon, Ball, McNaughton).


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’.


Affiliations

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


Professional activities

Membership of expert advisory committees      


2015                     NHMRC Assigners Academy.

2014-current        Advisory Committee, Healthy Eating Advisory Service, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. 


2013-current        Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee, Heart Foundation.

Academic

Teaching Interests

Primary Supervisor of 6 PhD students


Knowledge areas

Behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity; epidemiology of overweight and obesity; development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults.


Conferences and seminars

Crawford D (2014). Invited presentation, ‘Obesity prevention in children and adults’.  WA Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and WA Department of Health, October.

Crawford D (2014). Invited presentation, ‘How important is the neighbourhood food environment in influencing eating behaviours? A summary of recent Australian evidence. WA Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and WA Department of Health, October.

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

Crawford D. (2011). Invited presentations  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

Awards and prizes

2014 Inducted as a Fellow of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for Promoting Healthy Eating. (Ball, Crawford, McNaughton in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets).


2012  Professor David Hill Award for Knowledge and Translation from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation for the INFANT project (Campbell, Hesketh, Crawford, Salmon, Ball, McNaughton).


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).


2005 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellent Contributions to Research (Research Facilitator), Deakin University.


2002 Victorian Department of Human Services Award for Innovation in Public Health Research, for work on children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviours (Salmon, Telford, Crawford).


2002 National Heart Foundation Award for the top ranked Research Fellowship in 2002.



 


Research

Research projects

2015     Ball K, Salmon J, Crawford D, Moodie M. Heart Foundation Vanguard Research Grant. ‘Making active choices more attractive: Do physical activity incentives improve heart health?’

2014     Milte C, McNaughton S, Crawford D, Ball K. Medibank. ‘Understanding the importance of healthy diet for preserving cognitive function of older Australians’.

2014     McNaughton S, Ball K, Collins C, Allman-Farinelli M, Tapsell L, Crawford D, Cobiac L, Burrows T, Probst Y, Subar A. ARC- Linkage, Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities: ‘Online dietary Assessment for research: The Automated self-administered 24 hour dietary recall system for
Australia (ASA24-Aus)’

2013-2015  Timperio A, Cleland V, Crawford D, Dollman J. ARC- Discovery Project: ‘Critical windows: understanding changes in eating and physical activity over the transition from secondary school to young adulthood

2012-2016  Harris M, Bauman A, Laws R, Caterson I, Campbell K, Crawford D, Stocks N, Hayman N, Denney-Wilson E, Liaw S, Lynch J. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute: ‘The Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in Primary Health Care’

2012-2015  Veitch J, Timperio A, Salmon J, Crawford D, Giles-Corti G, Carver A, Hume C. ARC Linkage Project: ‘The impact of  park renewal on park usage and park-based physical activity’

 



 


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.


Research grants

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/16163/Prof-David-Crawford


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/16163/Prof-David-Crawford


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