Staff profile - Kylie Ball

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Prof Kylie Ball

Position: Alfred Deakin Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17310 +61 3 925 17310
Email: kylie.ball@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 2000


Affiliations

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (Past-President and Fellow)


Founder and past convenor, ISBNPA Special Interest Group, Socioeconomic inequalities in nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviours

Public Health Association of Australia

Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity

Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine
 


LinkedIn profile

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylie-ball-bb280556


Academic

Teaching Interests

Has supervised 8 PhD students and 3 Masters by Research students to completion
Currently supervises 5 PhD students
 


Conferences and seminars

Selected invited presentations since 2011 (from career total of >220 scientific presentations)

Traversing myths and mountains: Addressing socioeconomic inequalities in the promotion of nutrition and physical activity behaviours. Invited keynote presentation. Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2015.

Socioeconomic inequalities in obesity: Why do they arise, and what can we do about them? Invited symposium speaker. Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Nov 2014.

Physical Activity in women. Distinguished discussant. 4th International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health, Sydney, Nov 2012. 

Current gaps in the field and potential opportunities. Invited ECR workshop presenter. 2013 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium, May 2013.

Effectiveness of price reduction and behaviour change strategies for improving fruit, vegetable and beverage consumption: Results from the Supermarket Healthy Eating for Life (SHELF) randomised controlled trial. 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium, May 2013.

SHELf: Methods and recruitment success of a behavioural and price reduction intervention promoting healthy eating. Population Health Congress, Adelaide, 2012.

Socioeconomic disadvantage and diet: understanding and promoting resilience. Invited plenary, Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Nutrition Society of Australia, Queenstown, New Zealand, 2011.

Price-related drivers of socioeconomic inequalities in diet (Oral symposium). 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, 2011.

Ball K. & van Lenthe R. Effectively writing scientific publications (Workshop for Students/Early Career Researchers). 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, 2011.

Awards

Awards and prizes

2015  Recognised as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2015. highlycited.com states: Highly Cited Researchers 2015 represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds. About three thousand researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

 

Four national competitive research fellowships:


2013-2017: $714,745 National Health & Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship.

2008-2012: $595,000, National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship.

2004-2008: $426,250. NHMRC/NHF Partnership Career Development Award.

2001-2004: $221,515 National Health and Medical Research Council: Public Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
 

2013: Winner, Promoting Healthy Eating category, VicHealth Award: Healthy Eating Through Price Reduction & Skill-Building Program, conducted in partnership with the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Coles Supermarkets.

2012: InFANT project team awarded the Professor David Hill Award for Knowledge and Translation from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation for the INFANT project. 


2010: Winner, 2010 Deakin University Researcher of the Year Award

The 2010 Vice-Chancellors Award for Distinguished Research; and

The 2010 Vice-Chancellors Award for Research Excellence.

2009: Inducted as an Inaugural Fellow, International Society for Behavioural
Nutrition and Physical Activity. One of only 5 inaugural Fellows (and the first female fellow). Recognition of substantial contribution to the Society.

2008-9: Overall Winner, Victorian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award

This prize, awarded by the Australian Institute of Science & Policy, recognizes outstanding achievement in any field of science, as well as defined excellence in community engagement.

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

2003: Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher

2002: NHMRC Travelling Award to visit Cambridge University, UK as a visiting scientist
 


Research

Research projects

Professor Ball was elected President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2006-7. She also serves/has served on the following committees:

National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowships Committee

National Health and Medical Research Council Research Translation Faculty

National Heart Foundation of Australia National Physical Activity Committee

Executive Committee, Public Health Association of Australia, Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group

National Heart Foundation of Australia Research Grants Interview Committee and Fellowships Committee

Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, Public Health Sub-committee



Journal Editorial Boards

2011-14 Associate Editor, Public Health Nutrition.

2005-15 Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Behavioral

Nutrition and Physical Activity



Examples of Service to the Community

Professor Ball serves/has contributed to numerous community groups/committees, including:

Australian Government Preventative Health Taskforce Obesity Working Group

National Heart Foundation of Australia Physical Activity Committee

National Heart Foundation of Australia Obesity Working Group

Advisory Board, Prevention Magazine



Examples of Service to the University

Professor Ball has been involved in several University, Faculty and School committees including:

Academic Board

Faculty Board

Faculty Academic Promotions Committee

School Research Degree Coordinator

School Research Committee

School Early Career Researcher's Mentor

Faculty Research and Graduate Studies Committee

President, Deakin and Community Childcare Centre



Professor Ball is a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN).
 


Research interests

Professor Ball's research is focused on understanding the individual, social and environmental influences on eating and physical activity behaviours and obesity risk; and on intervening to promote healthier eating and activity behaviours and preventing obesity. Her research has focused particularly on high-risk target groups such as young women and people who are socio-economically disadvantaged.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/16024/Prof-Kylie-Ball


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