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Dr Megan Teychenne

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, 2011
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport), Deakin University, 2007
Bachelor of Physical Education, Deakin University, 2006

Contact

Biography

Dr Megan Teychenne is a behavioural epidemiologist at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition and is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. She has a rapidly growing profile nationally and internationally for her research in the area of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and mental illness (particularly anxiety and depression), with a key focus on targeting ‘at-risk’ population groups including women (including postpartum and prenatal women) and socio-economically disadvantaged adults.

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Research interests

Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and Mental Health (particularly anxiety and depression), ‘at-risk’ population groups including women (including postpartum and prenatal women) and socio-economically disadvantaged adults.

Affiliations

Member of the Mental Health and Physical Activity (journal) editorial board (June 2015 – current)

International Society for Physical Activity and Health (2018)

International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (Melbourne, 2016) local organising committee member

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2007, 2010/2011, 2013, 2017)

Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine (2008-2009, 2012-2013)

Teaching interests

Currently:
Co-supervisor for 2 PhD students
Principal supervisor for 2 Honours students

Have supervised/co-supervised 2 PhD students, 1 Masters student, and 6 Honours students to completion

Unit chair/campus chair for three undergraduate units

Units taught

HSE203 (Exercise Behaviour)
HSE212 (Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation)
HSE316 (Physical Activity and Population Health)

Conferences

Oral presentations

1. Teychenne, M. & Hinkley, T ‘Associations between screen-based sedentary behaviour and anxiety symptoms in mothers with young children’ The 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Health. Bangkok, Thailand. November 2016.

2. Teychenne M & Teychenne D. The development of a tailored, career-focused interactive online learning tool for physical activity and health students. Deakin University Teaching & Learning Conference, Burwood, 19th November 2015.

3. Teychenne M, Ball K, Salmon J. Prospective associations between sedentary behaviour and risk of depression in socio-economically disadvantaged women. Symposium: It’s all in the head: a life course perspective of associations between physical activity and sedentary behaviours with psychosocial and academic outcomes. 12th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium. May 2013.

4. Teychenne, M., Ball, K., Salmon. Mediators of the relationship between sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms amongst disadvantaged women. 4th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Sydney, Australia, 31 October-3 November 2012.

5. Teychenne, M., Ball, K., Salmon. Correlates of socio-economic inequalities in women’s television viewing: a study of intrapersonal, social and environmental mediators. 9th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Melbourne, Australia, 8-10 February 2012.

6. Teychenne M, Ball K, Salmon J. The perceived feasibility of intervention strategies to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour amongst women living in socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, 10th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia, 15-18 June 2011.

7. Teychenne M, Ball K, Salmon J. Associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and risk of depression in socio-economically disadvantaged women. 7th National Physical Activity Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 14-17 Oct, 2009.

8. Teychenne M, Ball K, Salmon J.  Associations between sedentary behaviour and risk of depression in adults. 6th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Auckland, New Zealand, 9-11 Feb, 2009.

Poster presentations
1. Teychenne, M., Sahlqvist, S., Parker K. ‘The efficacy of a tailored physical activity intervention for socioeconomically disadvantaged women: The Inspire study’ The International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Melbourne, Australia. December 2016.

2. Teychenne, M., Abbot, G., van der Pligt, P., Ball, K., Campbell, K.J., Milte, C.M., Hesketh, K.D. “Chasing away the baby blues?” Associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and postnatal depressive symptoms. 14th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2015

3. Teychenne, M. York, R. Physical activity, sedentary behavior and postnatal depression: A review. 12th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium. May 2013.

4. Teychenne, M., Ball, K., Salmon, J. Socio-economic inequalities in women’s depressive symptoms: The mediating role of neighbourhood characteristics. 10th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Newcastle, Australia, 6-8 Feb, 2013.

5. McCann, J., Ridgers, N.D., Carver, A., Thornton, L.E., Teychenne, M. Effective recruitment and retention strategies in Australian community health projects. 10th Annual Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Newcastle, Australia, 6-8 Feb, 2013.

Professional activities

Editorial board member for Mental Health and Physical Activity (2015 – current)

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Deputy Academic Progress Committee (APC) chair (2017 – current)

Physical activity and Exercise for Health major leader (ESS and Health Sci courses) (2017 – current)

Reviewer for more than 20 journals in the field

Co-opted member of Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline committee (2015 – current)

Member of the Faculty Access, Equity and Diversity Committee (2015 – 2016)

Member of the Faculty of Health Board (2013-2014)

Member of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Board (2013-2014)

Reviewer for Better Health Channel (2012 – 2014)

Media appearances

Radio (list not exhaustive):
1. Interview – ‘Is walking enough?’ FIVEaa (Adelaide) 17/09/17
2. Interview – “Why Wednesday?: Is walking enough?” ABC Goldfields 16/08/17
3. Interview – ‘Is walking enough?’ ABC Sydney – morning show (with Robbie Buck) 11/08/17
4. Interview – ‘Is walking enough?’ ABC774 Melbourne – afternoon show (with Clare Bowditch) 10/08/17
5. ‘World Mental Health Week’ ABC774 Melbourne – breakfast show (with Red Symons) Oct 12th 2016
6. ‘Revolutions: Let’s get physical (or not)’ 774 ABC Melbourne (with Lindy Burns) Oct 10th 2012
7. ‘Physical activity and staying motivated in winter’ 774 ABC Melbourne (with John Fain) July 25th 2012

Newspaper (list not exhaustive)
1. ‘Strength of mind (April 2018) Australian House and Garden (magazine)  - circulation 98,028
2.  ‘Depressed? Drop the vacuum and get out of the house for a walk’ Dec 1st 2017-  The Herald Sun (and Geelong Advertiser)
3. ‘Stress hits web mums’ The Herald Sun, May 22nd 2016
4. Sitting too much can lead to anxiety’ The Boston Globe, US, Aug 8th 2015
5. ‘Vegged out Couch potatoes run risk of anxiety’ The Age (19/6/15 - page - ‘The latest problem with sitting too long’ The New Zealand Herald, June 19th 2015
6.  ‘Sitting down? It could be giving you anxiety’ The Australian, June 19th 2015
7.  ‘Sitting down too much increases anxiety’ The Brisbane Times,  June 19th 2015

Web (list not exhaustive):
ABC News (2017), The Conversation (2017), The Huffington Post (2015), Sky News.Com (2015), Nine News.Com (2015), Reuters (2015),  Medical News Today (2014), Medicine Today Magazine (2013), Ninemsn (2009)

Research groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

Awards

Winner - Jim and Alison Leslie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning (Vice Chancellor award - Deakin University) $7,000 to the Enhancing Career Development for Physical Activity and Health Students team – Led by Megan Teychenne. October 2017.

Highly Commended – School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences Early-Mid Career Researcher of the Year, September 2017 (Outstanding contributions to research).

Projects

2018 – “Mums on the Move” study
2018 – “The effectiveness of an online career planning tool on students' career adaptability”
2017 - “Healthy lifestyles for preschoolers and their mums”
2016 – The “Mums On the Run” study
2015 – “Student’s perceptions of using a tailored, career-focused interactive online learning tool developed for physical activity and health students”
2013 - The Inspire Study: “Increasing physical activity in socioeconomically disadvantaged women through a tailored intervention approach”

Publications

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2019

Associations between aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise with depressive symptom severity among 17,839 U.S. adults

Jason Bennie, Megan Teychenne, Katrien De Cocker, Stuart Biddle

(2019), Vol. 121, pp. 121-127, Preventive medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The epidemiology of aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity guideline adherence among 383,928?U.S. adults

Jason Bennie, Katrien De Cocker, Megan Teychenne, Wendy Brown, Stuart Biddle

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-11, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal

A pre-post evaluation of an online career planning module on university students' career adaptability

M Teychenne, K Parker, D Teychenne, S Sahlqvist, S Macfarlane, S Costigan

(2019), Vol. 10, pp. 42-55, Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability, Perth, W.A., C1

journal

General strength and conditioning versus motor control with manual therapy for improving depressive symptoms in chronic low back pain: A randomised feasibility trial

M Teychenne, K Lamb, L Main, C Miller, A Hahne, J Ford, S Rosenbaum, D Belavy

(2019), Vol. 14, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Total physical activity but not diet quality associated with postnatal depressive symptoms amongst women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods

Miriam Pollak, Catherine Milte, Paige van der Pligt, Megan Teychenne

(2019), Vol. 68, pp. 54-61, Nutrition research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2018

The views of first time mothers completing an intervention to reduce postpartum weight retention: a qualitative evaluation of the mums OnLiNE study

P van der Pligt, K Ball, K Hesketh, D Crawford, M Teychenne, K Campbell

(2018), Vol. 56, pp. 23-28, Midwifery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

A pilot intervention to reduce postpartum weight retention and central adiposity in first-time mothers: results from the mums OnLiNE (Online, Lifestyle, Nutrition & Exercise) study

P van der Pligt, K Ball, K Hesketh, M Teychenne, D Crawford, P Morgan, C Collins, K Campbell

(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 314-328, Journal of human nutrition & dietetics, London, Eng., C1

journal

Feasibility and acceptability of a home-based physical activity program for postnatal women with depressive symptoms: a pilot study

M Teychenne, P van der Pligt, G Abbott, L Brennan, E Olander

(2018), Vol. 14, pp. 82-89, Mental health and physical activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Sedentary behaviour and hair cortisol amongst women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods: a cross-sectional study

Megan Teychenne, Dana Olstad, Anne Turner, Sarah Costigan, Kylie Ball

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

The perceived feasibility and acceptability of a conceptually challenging exercise training program in older adults

Clint Miller, Megan Teychenne, Jaimie-Lee Maple

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 451-461, Clinical interventions in aging, Macclesfield, Eng., C1

journal

Cross sectional associations of screen time and outdoor play with social skills in preschool children

T Hinkley, H Brown, V Carson, M Teychenne

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 1-15, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

The impact of activity based working (ABW) on workplace activity, eating behaviours, productivity, and satisfaction

Lauren Arundell, Bronwyn Sudholz, Megan Teychenne, Jo Salmon, Brooke Hayward, Genevieve Healy, Anna Timperio

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-16, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2017

Associations between access to alcohol outlets and alcohol intake and depressive symptoms in women from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Australia

K Lamb, L Thornton, M Teychenne, C Milte, E Cerin, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Can targeted policies reduce obesity and improve obesity-related behaviours in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations? A systematic review

D Olstad, R Ancilotto, M Teychenne, L Minaker, D Taber, K Raine, C Nykiforuk, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 791-807, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1

journal

Optimising conservative management of chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

K Simson, C Miller, J Ford, A Hahne, L Main, T Rantalainen, W-P Teo, M Teychenne, D Connell, G Trudel, G Zheng, G Thickbroom, D Belavy

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 1-13, Trials, London, Eng., C1

journal

The development of a tailored, career-focused interactive online learning tool for physical activity and health students: a pilot study

M Teychenne, S Sahlqvist, D Teychenne, S Macfarlane, P Dawson, S Costigan

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 60-74, Journal of teaching and learning for graduate employability, [Melbourne, Vic.], C1

journal

Is the link between movement and mental health a two-way street? Prospective associations between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and depressive symptoms among women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods

M Teychenne, G Abbott, K Lamb, S Rosenbaum, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 102, pp. 72-78, Preventative medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Is gestational weight gain and early postpartum weight retention associated with clinician advice in first time mothers?

P van der Pligt, K Ball, K Hesketh, M Teychenne, D Crawford, Dodd J, K Campbell

(2017), Vol. 6, Journal of women's health care, Hyderabad, India, C1-1

journal
2016

Maternal dietary intake and physical activity habits during the postpartum period: associations with clinician advice in a sample of Australian first time mothers

P van der Pligt, E Olander, K Ball, D Crawford, K Hesketh, M Teychenne, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, BMC pregnancy and childbirth, London, Eng., C1

journal

Higher adherence to the Australian dietary guidelines is associated with better mental health status among Australian adult first-time mothers

R Huddy, S Torres, C Milte, S McNaughton, M Teychenne, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 1406-1412, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Associations between screen-based sedentary behaviour and anxiety symptoms in mothers with young children

M Teychenne, T Hinkley

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal

Can policy ameliorate socioeconomic inequities in obesity and obesity-related behaviours? A systematic review of the impact of universal policies on adults and children

D Olstad, M Teychenne, L Minaker, D Taber, K Raine, C Nykiforuk, K Ball

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 1198-1217, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Relationship of the perceived social and physical environment with mental health-related quality of life in middle-aged and older adults: mediating effects of physical activity

D Van Dyck, M Teychenne, S McNaughton, I De Bourdeaudhuij, J Salmon

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-16, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal

Modifiable barriers to leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy: a qualitative study investigating first time mother's views and experiences

M Connelly, H Brown, P van der Pligt, M Teychenne

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-7, BMC pregnancy childbirth, London, Eng., C1

journal

The association between sedentary behaviour and risk of anxiety: a systematic review

M Teychenne, S Costigan, K Parker

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Adoption and maintenance of gym-based strength training in the community setting in adults with excess weight or type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled trial

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon, R Daly, D Crawford, P Sethi, M Jorna, D Dunstan

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal

Associations between physical activity, television viewing and postnatal depressive symptoms amongst healthy primiparous mothers

M Teychenne, G Abbott, P van der Pligt, K Ball, K Campbell, C Milte, K Hesketh

(2015), pp. 1-6, Mental health and physical activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2014

Early childhood physical activity, sedentary behaviors and psychosocial well-being: A systematic review

T Hinkley, M Teychenne, K Downing, K Ball, J Salmon, K Hesketh

(2014), Vol. 62, pp. 182-192, Preventive Medicine, C1

journal

Mediators of the relationship between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms amongst disadvantaged women

M Teychenne, S Torres, S McNaughton, J Salmon, K Ball

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 30-36, Mental health and physical activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Prospective associations between sedentary behaviour and risk of depression in socio-economically disadvantaged women

M Teychenne, G Abbott, K Ball, J Salmon

(2014), Vol. 65, pp. 82-86, Preventive Medicine, C1

journal

Social and physical environmental correlates of adults' weekend sitting time and moderating effects of retirement status and physical health

V Van Holle, S McNaughton, M Teychenne, A Timperio, D Van Dyck, I De Bourdeaudhuij, J Salmon

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 9790-9810, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2013

Physical activity, sedentary behavior, and postnatal depressive symptoms: A review

M Teychenne, R York

(2013), Vol. 45, pp. 217-227, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, C1

journal

Effective recruitment and retention strategies in community health programs

J McCann, N Ridgers, A Carver, L Thornton, M Teychenne

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 104-110, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, C1

journal

Educational inequalities in TV viewing among older adults: A mediation analysis of ecological factors

K De Cocker, I De Bourdeaudhuij, M Teychenne, S McNaughton, J Salmon

(2013), Vol. 10, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal
2012

Correlates of socio-economic inequalities in women's television viewing: A study of intrapersonal, social and environmental mediators

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

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

journal

Promoting Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behavior in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: A Qualitative Study of What Women Want

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2012), Vol. 7, PLoS ONE, C1

journal

Educational inequalities in women's depressive symptoms: The mediating role of perceived neighbourhood characteristics

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 4241-4253, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, C1

journal
2011

Perceived influences on and strategies to reduce sedentary behavior in disadvantaged women experiencing depressive symptoms: A qualitative study

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 95-102, Mental Health and Physical Activity, C1

journal
2010

Physical activity, sedentary behavior and depression among disadvantaged women

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2010), Vol. 25, pp. 632-644, Health Education Research, C1

journal

Sedentary behavior and depression among adults: A review

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2010), Vol. 17, pp. 246-254, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, C1

journal
2008

Associations between physical activity and depressive symptoms in women

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2008), Vol. 5, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal

Physical activity and likelihood of depression in adults: A review

M Teychenne, K Ball, J Salmon

(2008), Vol. 46, pp. 397-411, Preventive Medicine, C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2018

Daniel James Van Den Hoek

Thesis entitled: Exercise, energy restriction and psycho-social health for women with obesity

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High 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