Staff profile - Nicky Ridgers

Dr Nicky Ridgers

Position: Senior Research Fellow
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46718 +61 3 924 46718



  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Wales, Bangor, 2001
  • Master of Science, University of Wales, Bangor, 2003
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learn & Teach in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores Univ., 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Liverpool John Moores Univ., 2007


International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society

Fellow - Higher Education Academy (UK)


Teaching Interests

Supervisor of four PhD students.

Conferences and seminars

Ridgers ND, Timperio A, Crawford D & Salmon J. 2011. Childrens physical activity levels over a 5-year period assessed using accelerometry (oral presentation). 2nd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, Glasgow. UK. Ridgers ND, ODwyer MV & Stratton G. 2010. The physical activity levels and play behaviours of pre-school children during lunch recess (oral presentation). 1st European Congress on Physical Activity and Health among 0-6 year old children, Epinal, France. Ridgers ND, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2010. Changes in childrens physical activity levels and play behaviours during school recess over 12-months (poster presentation). 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada. Ridgers ND & Sayers J. 2010. Natural play in the forest: A pilot evaluation of a Forest School (oral presentation).Trees and Forests in British Society Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. Ridgers ND, Carter LM, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2009. Childrens Physical Activity and Behaviour during School Recess over Time: The A-CLASS Project (oral presentation). Pediatric Work Physiology Group Conference, Le Touquet, France. Ridgers ND, Graves LEF & Stratton G. 2009. Environmental features and equipment availability on physical activity levels in 9 to 10 year old children: A-CLASS Project (poster presentation). Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, USA. Ridgers ND, Finnigan D, Carter L, Stratton G & McKenzie TL. 2009. Physical activity and play behaviours of children during playtime: A-CLASS Project (oral presentation). UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 4th Annual Scientific Meeting, Exeter University, Exeter, UK. Ridgers ND, Graves LEF & Stratton G. 2008. Physical activity and fitness of children aged 9-10 years: A-CLASS Project (oral presentation). 13th Annual Congress of the European College of Sports Sciences, Estoril, Portugal.


Awards and prizes

2009 - Liverpool John Moores University Promising Researcher Award

2006 - Best oral presentation in the Public Health Category at the Postgraduate Research in Science and Medicine (PRISM) Annual Conference


Research interests

Dr Ridgers current program of research is patterns of childrens physical activity and sedentary behaviours. She is interested in the assessment of these behaviours, and how these behaviours are influenced by a range of factors. Dr Ridgers is also interested in childrens physical activity levels and play behaviours during school recess and lunchtime. She has conducted a longitudinal evaluation of the effect of a playground markings and physical structures intervention on childrens activity levels, and has developed an observation instrument to enable researchers to determine the behaviours in which children engage in a range of play contexts.

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