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EmPr David Crawford

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Position

Emeritus Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

Office of Faculty of Health

Campus

Off-Campus (Home)

Qualifications

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

Contact

Biography

Professor Crawford is an Alfred Deakin Professor and holds a Personal Chair.  He is Head of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Professor Crawford has more than 40 years' of experience in public health research.  His research has focused on the role of nutrition and physical activity in chronic disease prevention and management; development of behaviour change strategies to improve health; population strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

As a co-founder of Deakin Unviersity's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Professor Crawford recognised the social and long-term health implications of a society that eats more and moves less than any other time in history.

Professor Crawford has conducted an extensive program of research investigating the underlying drivers of eating and physical activity behaviours, and of strategies to promote healthy eating and increase activity across the population. He has a detailed understanding of psychological, social and environmental determinants of behaviour.

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Career highlights

2019  Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to science, education and research in the field of public health nutrition. Awarded Australia Day, 2019.

2017 Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher. (Previously known as Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher). 2015, 2016 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

2016  Presidents Award, Victorian Heart Foundation in recognition for research and raising awareness of heart disease.

2015, 2016 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2015 and 2016 (highlycited.com)

2015  Elected as a Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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’.

Research interests

Professor Crawford's research focuses on the role of nutrition and physical activity in chronic disease prevention and management; development of behaviour change strategies to improve health; population strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Professor Crawford's research involves large scale population studies including cross sectional population studies and cohort studies (including the use of area based geo-spatial data) and intervention projects.
 

Affiliations

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Fellow and past president. Also held  numerous committee roles since 2001.

Teaching interests

Associate supervisor for 2 PhD students.

Knowledge areas

The role of nutrition and physical activity in chronic disease prevention and management; development of behaviour change strategies to improve health; population strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Conferences

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.

Professional activities

Membership of expert advisory committees  

2018-2019   Healthy Eating and Active Living Roundtable, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

2017-current    Research Advisory Group, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Lady Cilento Hospital, Brisbane.

2016-current   VicHealth Healthy Eating Taskforce.

2015   Working Group on Diabetes and Obesity, Australian Health Policy Collaboration.


2015   Steering Group, Citizens Jury on Obesity, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

2015-2018   NHMRC Assigners Academy.

2014-2016   Advisory Committee, Healthy Eating Advisory Service, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. 


2013-2018   Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee, Heart Foundation. 

2012   NHMRC Assigners Academy.
2011-2013   External Advisory Panel Member, VUMC Amsterdam, EU-funded F7 project: ‘Sustainable prevention of obesity  through integrated strategies’.

2009   Active Ageing Expert Assistance Program Advisory Committee, YMCA.

2008-2009   Scientific Program Committee, 2009 Heart Foundation National Conference.

2008   Obesity Working Group, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing Preventative Health Taskforce.

2008   Advisory Group, Cancer Prevention Research Centre, University of Queensland.

2007-2010   National Heart Foundation, Panel of Experts.

2007   Research Quality Assessment Panel, School of Population Health, University of Queensland.

2006-2013   Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Performance Evaluation Committee.

2006-2007   National Health and Medical Research Council Grant Review Panel (Public Health).

2006   Heart Foundation Children and Families Initiative Advisory Group, Obesity Action Plan.

2004-2006   Healthy Eating Advisory Panel, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

2005   Invited Expert Participant, Review of Environmental Determinants and Interventions for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Smoking, Erasmus University, The Netherlands.

2004   Steering Committee, Nutrition in Schools Advisory Service, Nutrition Australia.

2003-2005   Scientific Trustee, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), Australasia.

2003   Advisory Board, Health Promotion Strategic Review, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

1999   Chair, Data Collection Taskforce, Weight Management Code Administration Council.

2000   Reference Panel, Best Investments in Childhood Obesity, Commonwealth Department Health & Ageing.   

2000-2002   National Research Advisory Committee, National Heart Foundation.

2001   Research Priorities Working Group, National Heart Foundation.

1998-2006   Nutrition and Metabolism Advisory Committee, National Heart Foundation.

 

Awards

2019   Finalist, 2019 Overall Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Innovation Award. The REVAMP Study 24 July (one of seven) (ARC LP 12020  0396: Veitch, Timperio, Salmon, Crawford, Giles-Corti, Carver).

2019   Winner, 2019 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards. Category: Playground Design and Development. The REVAMP Study, ARC LP 120200396. (Veitch, Timperio, Salmon, Crawford, Giles-Corti, Carver). July.

2019   Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to science, education and research in the field of public health nutrition. Awarded Australia Day, 2019.

2018  Winner, Parks and Leisure Australia, National Awards of Excellence 2018, Research Project Award, The REVAMP study, ARC LP 120200396. (Veitch, Timperio, Salmon, Crawford, Giles-Corti, Carver, Hume).October.
                             
2018   Winner, Parks and Leisure Australia, Vic/Tas Awards of Excellence 2018, Research Project     Award, The REVAMP study, ARC LP 120200396. (Veitch, Timperio, Salmon, Crawford, Giles-Corti, Carver, Hume). May.

2017   Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher.  Highly Cited Researchers 2017 represents some of world’s most influential scientific minds — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field.

2015, 2016   Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2015 and 2016 (highlycited.com)

2016  Finalist, 2016 VicHealth Awards. Category: Encouraging Physical Activity (REVAMP Study, ARC LP120200396). (Veitch, Timperio, Salmon, Crawford, Giles-Corti, Carver, Hume) December.

2016   Victorian Heart Foundation, President’s Award in recognition for research and raising awareness of heart disease.

2016   Council of Academic Public Health Institutions (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation  in Public Health Team Research: The Melbourne Infant Feeding Activity and Nutrition Trial Program: Moving from RCT to sustainable implementation across Victoria. (Campbell, Hesketh, Laws, McNaughton, Salmon, Ball, Crawford).

2015  Elected as a Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

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).



 




 

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’

 



 

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2013

Maree Ortika

Thesis entitled: Cultural identity and eating behaviours of Italian and Chinese Adolescents

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

2011

Trina Hinkley

Thesis entitled: Multidimensional Correlates of Preschool Children's Physical Activity

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

2009

Alison Carver

Thesis entitled: Associations between Neighbourhood Safety and Physical Activity Among Youth

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

Wei Chun Wang

Thesis entitled: Social Ideological Influences on Food Consumption and BMI

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

2007

Rosemary Anna McGinnes

Thesis entitled: Physical Activity Advice and Obesity

Doctor of Health Science, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2004

Karen Jane Campbell

Thesis entitled: Family Food Environments as Determinants of Children's Obesongenic Eating Behaviours

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

2000

Anna Timperio

Thesis entitled: Physical Activity, Dietary Change and Weight Control: A Public Health Perspective

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

Associate Supervisor
2020

Jennifer Roseanne Hatt

Thesis entitled: Examining Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Changes in Late Adolescence

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

2019

Davina Elizabeth Mann

Thesis entitled: Understanding and promoting healthy and sustainable food behaviours

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

2018

Adam David Walsh

Thesis entitled: Fathers' impact on the dietary and physical activity behaviours of children aged 0-5 years

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

2016

Maree Mead

Thesis entitled: Dietary patterns and cardiometabolic risk among older adults

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

Jane Willcox

Thesis entitled: txt4two: Developing an mHealth model promoting healthy gestational weight gain

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

2015

Paige Felicity Van Der Pligt

Thesis entitled: Opportunities to promote healthy maternal weight during and following pregnancy

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

2013

Lena Diana Amber Stephens

Thesis entitled: EXPLORING INFLUENCES ON EATING BEHAVIOURS OF ADOLESCENTS EXPERIENCING SOCIOECONOMIC DISADVANTAGE

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

2010

Jason Bennie

Thesis entitled: Describing and Understanding Physical Activity in Desk-based Workplace Settings

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

2008

Victoria Inglis

Thesis entitled: Socioeconomic Influences on Women's Eating Behaviours

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

2003

Amanda Telford

Thesis entitled: The Influence of the Family Environment on Children's Physical Activity

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Health Sciences

2002

Mark Lawrence

Thesis entitled: Folate Fortification: A Case Study of Public Health Policy-Making

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

2000

Jo-Ann Salmon

Thesis entitled: Leisure-Time Physical Activity, Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Health Sciences