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Dr Alison Spence

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin University, 2007

Contact

a.spence@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 45481

Research interests

Dr Spence is an expert in early childhood nutrition, focussing on children under five years of age. She conducts research in nutrition promotion for families with young children, with a particular interest in child dietary assessment and influences on young children’s diets, including family meals, parental feeding practices and role modelling, childcare mealtimes, and practical strategies for improvements.

Affiliations

Dietitians Australia (DA) member

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) - National Nutrition Network member

Teaching interests

Dr Spence is passionate about public health nutrition, and about upskilling students for work in this important area. She teaches Community and Public Health Nutrition and manages community placements within the Master of Dietetics, and also acts as course Co-Director. She also enjoys supervising Honours, PhD and placement students on early childhood nutrition projects.

Conferences

Alison Spence, Rachel Laws & Karen Campbell. Recipes as a “sticky hook” to engage parents in family meals promotion. International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity international conference, online, 2020.

Alison Spence, Amy Wakem, Ros Sambell, Amanda Devine, Margaret Rozman, Rebecca Byrne, Rebecca Golley, Kaylah Schroeter, Bianca Trajcevski, Rachael Kambouris, Devon Archard, Julia MIddeke, Jessica Cassado & Penny Love. Benchmarking food provision guidelines for Australian Early Childhood Education and Care services. World Public Health Nutrition Congress, online, 2020.

Alison Spence, Jess Haines, Gavin Abbott, Jennifer McCann, Eloise-kate Litterbach & Karen Campbell. Family meals with young children: parent identified motivators and barriers associated with eating together. Dietitians Association of Australia National conference, Sydney 2018.

Professional activities

Reviewer for Appetite, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Public Health Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour and Raising Children Network.

Awards

2012 ‘Highly commended Research in Practice’ award at International Congress of Dietetics

2010 'Research in Practice' award at Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference

2008-2011 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Projects

Family Meals with Young Kids Study, 2014-2016

The Melbourne InFANT Program

Publications

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2021

Dietary patterns of Australian pre-schoolers and associations with haem and non-haem iron intakes

Linda Atkins, Sarah McNaughton, Alison Spence, Ewa Szymlek-Gay

(2021), pp. 1-12, European Journal of Nutrition, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Association between longitudinal trajectories of lifestyle pattern and BMI in early childhood

M Zheng, S Lioret, K Hesketh, A Spence, R Taylor, K Campbell

(2021), Vol. 29, pp. 879-887, Obesity, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Parenting style as a predictor of dietary score change in children from ages 4 to 14 years. Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

A Burnett, K Lamb, A Spence, K Lacy, A Worsley

(2021), pp. 1-9, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Adequacy of iron intakes and socio-demographic factors associated with iron intakes of Australian pre-schoolers

Linda Atkins, Sarah McNaughton, Alison Spence, Ewa Szymlek-Gay

(2020), Vol. 59, pp. 175-184, European journal of nutrition, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Childcare food provision recommendations vary across Australia: jurisdictional comparison and nutrition expert perspectives

A Spence, P Love, R Byrne, A Wakem, L Matwiejczyk, A Devine, R Golley, R Sambell

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-19, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Student satisfaction with feedback in a third year nutrition unit: a strategic approach

L Milne, J McCann, K Bolton, J Savage, A Spence

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-16, Journal of university teaching and learning practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2019

Home environment predictors of vegetable and fruit intakes among Australian children aged 18 months

Kathleen Lacy, Alison Spence, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Rebecca Wyse, Luke Wolfenden, Karen Campbell

(2019), Vol. 139, pp. 95-104, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2018

Early childhood vegetable, fruit, and discretionary food intakes do not meet dietary guidelines, but do show socioeconomic differences and tracking over time

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, Sandrine Lioret Suteau, Sarah McNaughton

(2018), Vol. 118, pp. 1634-1643, Journal of the Academy of nutrition and dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Mothers' perceptions of toddler beverages

Manuela Rigo, Jane Willcox, Alison Spence, Anthony Worsley

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2017

Validity of short food questionnaire items to measure intake in children and adolescents: a systematic review

R Golley, L Bell, G Hendrie, A Rangan, A Spence, S McNaughton, L Carpenter, M Allman-Farinelli, A de Silva, T Gill, C Collins, H Truby, V Flood, T Burrows

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 36-50, Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Family meals with young children: an online study of family mealtime characteristics, among Australian families with children aged six months to six years

E-K Litterbach, K Campbell, A Spence

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

Mothers' perceptions of Melbourne InFANT Program: Informing future practice

P Lunn, S Roberts, A Spence, K Hesketh, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 614-622, Health Promotion International, C1

journal article

Mothers' perceptions of the influences on their child feeding practices - a qualitative study

A Spence, K Hesketh, D Crawford, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 105, pp. 596-603, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Practicalities and research considerations for conducting childhood obesity prevention interventions with families

P Morgan, R Jones, C Collins, K Hesketh, M Young, T Burrows, A Magarey, H Brown, T Hinkley, R Perry, L Brennan, A Spence, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 1-16, Children, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2015

A review of the relationship between socioeconomic position and the early-life predictors of obesity

A Cameron, A Spence, R Laws, K Hesketh, S Lioret, K Campbell

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 350-362, Current obesity reports, New York, N. Y., C1

journal article
2014

Mediators of improved child diet quality following a health promotion intervention: the Melbourne InFANT program

Alison Spence, Karen Campbell, David Crawford, Sarah McNaughton, Kylie Hesketh

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal article
2013

Association between maternal education and diet of children at 9 months is partially explained by mothers' diet

S Lioret, A Cameron, S McNaughton, D Crawford, A Spence, K Hesketh, K Campbell

(2013), pp. 1-12, Maternal and child nutrition, London, Eng, C1

journal article

Tracking of dietary intakes in early childhood: The Melbourne InFANT Program

S Lioret, S McNaughton, A Spence, D Crawford, K Campbell

(2013), Vol. 67, pp. 275-281, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, C1

journal article

A parent-focused intervention to reduce infant obesity risk behaviors: a randomized trial

K Campbell, S Lioret, S McNaughton, D Crawford, J Salmon, K Ball, Z McCallum, B Gerner, A Spence, A Cameron, J Hnatiuk, O Ukoumunne, L Gold, G Abbott, K Hesketh

(2013), Vol. 131, pp. 652-660, Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., C1

journal article

A health promotion intervention can affect diet quality in early childhood

A Spence, S McNaughton, S Lioret, K Hesketh, D Crawford, K Campbell

(2013), Vol. 143, pp. 1672-1678, Journal of Nutrition, C1

journal article

Home food availability mediates associations between mothers' nutrition knowledge and child diet

K Campbell, G Abbott, A Spence, D Crawford, S McNaughton, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 71, pp. 1-6, Appetite, C1

journal article
2012

Parents' dietary patterns are significantly correlated: Findings from the Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial Program

S Lioret, S McNaughton, D Crawford, A Spence, K Hesketh, K Campbell

(2012), Vol. 108, pp. 518-526, British Journal of Nutrition, C1

journal article

A parent focused child obesity prevention intervention improves some mother obesity risk behaviors: The Melbourne infant program

S Lioret, K Campbell, D Crawford, A Spence, K Hesketh, S McNaughton

(2012), Vol. 9, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Alissa Jane Burnett

Thesis entitled: Parenting styles and their associations with the dietary intakes of children

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences