Staff profile

Prof Jo Salmon

Position: Alfred Deakin Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517254 +61 3 92517254



  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 1984
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, La Trobe University, 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2000


Member Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine,Member American Society of Behavioural Medicine,Member Public Health Association of Australia,Member of Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation,Member American College of Sports [USA]


Australian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine

International Society of Behavioral Medicine

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Society of Behavioral Medicine (US)

Sports Medicine Australia

International Society for Physical Activity and Health

ACAORN (Australian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network)


Conferences and seminars

Invited presentations: Heart Foundation national conference - Heart to Heart: from Access to Action, Melbourne, 2011. 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM 2011), Glasgow, 2011. Keynote Presentation. 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, May 5-8, 2010 International Conference on Childhood Obesity, Hong Kong, October 12-16, 2008 National Institutes of Child Health and Development Washington USA, Sept 30-Oct 2, 2008 10th International Symposium- childhood obesity, Qubec, Canada, November 16, 2007 International Conference on Physical activity and Obesity in Children, Toronto, Canada, June 24-27, 2007 4th International Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Amsterdam, June 2005 8th Shizuoka Forum on Health and Longevity, Shizuoka City, Japan, November 2003.


Awards and prizes

Winner - Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award. Switch-Play, Deakin University. Sport and Recreation Awards, Department for Victorian Communities, 12th October 2006.

Finalist - Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award. Childrens Leisure Activities Study. Sport and Recreation Industry Awards, Sport and Recreation Victoria, 2nd September 2003.

Finalist - Applied Research in Sport and Recreation Science Award. Childrens Leisure Activities Study. Sport and Recreation Industry Awards, Sport and Recreation Victoria, 2nd September 2003.

Victorian Public Health Research Award for Excellence and Innovation. Childrens Participation in Physical Activity. Department of Human Services, Victoria, 28th October 2002.


Research projects

Professor Salmon has held several positions within the School and Faculty including:

Acting Associate Head of School (Research)

Member, School Executive Committee

Co-ordinator, Higher Degrees by Research, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University

Member, Academic Board, Deakin University

Member, Deakin University Course Awards Review Committee (CARC)

Member, Faculty Academic Promotions Committee, Deakin University

Member, Faculty Board (Health, Deakin University)

Chair, School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences Infrastructure and Services Committee, Deakin University

She is currently a member of the following committees:

Faculty Board

Academic Board

School Research Committee

School Board

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

Professor Salmon serves on the Editorial Board of the following journals:

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

International Journal of Pediatric Obesity

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

American Journal of Health Promotion

Professor Salmons research has contributed to public health physical activity initiatives nationally. She has played a key role on the steering committee for development of the National Child and Youth Physical Activity Recommendations for 0-5 and for 5-18 year olds.

Professor Salmon is Chair of the National Physical Activity Program Committee for the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA). She regularly reviews research applications for national and international funding bodies, including NHMRC, ARC, NHFA, and the Marsden Fund New Zealand, and she is Vice-Chair of the Council on Obesity Prevention and Management, International Society for Physical Activity and Health.

Research interests

Professor Salmon's program of research focuses on the behavioural epidemiology of childrens' and adults physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She is interested in the assessment of these behaviours; in understanding the individual, social and environmental factors that influence participation; and the development of strategies to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary time among children and adults.

Recent research includes the development and validation of instruments to assess physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children; descriptive studies of influences on child and youth physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and examination of the effectiveness of strategies to reduce childrens sitting time and promote physical activity at school and at home.

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