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A/Prof. Natalie Lander

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Position

ARC DECRA Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exer & Nutr Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), Deakin University, 2014

Contact

Biography

Dr Natalie Lander is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institiute for Physical Actiivty and Nutrition at Deakin University. Her research focus is around developing and delivering evidenced-based teacher education interventions, which aim to improve students’ health, learning and wellbeing outcomes.

Natalie has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (RMIT University), a Bachelor of Health Science: Honours (H1) (Deakin University), and a PhD (Deakin University). In addition, Natalie has 10 years’ experience as a leading teacher in both primary and secondary schools, and 10 years of university teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In conjunction with her experience and expertise in education, Natalie has quickly established herself as a noted and productive researcher in the field of teacher education, motor competence and physical activity.

She was the recipient of several awards throughout her PhD candidature, and on completion was awarded the ‘Deakin University Shortlisted award for Alfred Deakin medals for Doctoral Thesis’ and the ACHPER Award of Distinction: Most Outstanding Doctoral research. Natalie was awarded the highly competitive Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2019-2020).

Despite being only six years-post-PhD, Natalie has produced a number of key publications, has widely disseminated her research at key international and national conferences, and has been an invited speaker and a symposium discussant and chair. Natalie has also actively lead research, evidenced by her track record of obtaining research funding, and securing industry funding via stakeholder engagement (over $650,000).

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Career highlights

Winner of 2020 Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research Team - Transform-Us!

2020 winner of the International Society for Behaviour Nutrition
and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Innovation in conference presentation

Awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2019-2020)

100%  eVALUate Results Trimester 1, 2018, above 85% all Trimesters taught (2017-2021)

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria: Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Research – Doctoral.

Deakin University Shortlisted Award for Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses

Best Presentation: Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HDR Symposium. RACV Club, Melbourne: Australia: 9 September 2016.

North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Award

Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Award

Winner 3MT 2015: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development

Received the Deakin University, Faculty of Health publication scholarship award

Awarded best Honours Thesis: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development

Research interests

  • Teacher education
  • Student engagement
  • Physical activity
  • Active pedagogies
  • Perceived and actual Motor Competence
  • Physical Literacy

Teaching interests

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students:

Natalie has a track record of mentoring honours students (4 students) to successful completion, all of whom received publication and best thesis awards.

Natalie has two PhD completions as co-supervisor. She is currently the primary supervisor for one PhD student and is co supervising five PhD students, all in in the area of interventions to improve student health, learning and wellbeing outcomes.

Teaching Interests:

  • Teaching methodologies
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Motor Development
  • Motor Learning
  • Physical Activity behaviours
  • Health promotion
  • Inclusive education

Knowledge areas

Teacher Education

Physical Activity Behaviour

Wellbeing

Motor Competence

Self-Perception

Imlementation Science

Primary prevention

Conferences

Peer Reviewed Conference papers

  • Lander, N et al., 2022, ‘Empowering the future generation of teachers to promote optimal academic outcomes through physical activity - TransformED. International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education ( AIESEP ) 2022 World Congress ’, pp. 11
  • Lander, N et al., 2022, ‘Equipping future teachers with innovative
    strategies that increase physical activity in the classroom: A hybrid implementation trial across three Australian universities’, Asia Pacific Society of Physical Activity.
  • Lander, N et al., 2020, ‘Three-year sustainability of a teacher-led program targeting preadolescent girls’ motor competence’, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Virtual Conference.
  • Lander, N et al., 2021, ‘moodflx: a parent report instrument
    of child emotional wellbeing’, Asia Pacific Society of Physical Activity.
  • Snow, S & Lander, N 2021, ‘MOTOR COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT, RESEARCHTOPRACTICE:
    THE GREAT DIVIDE’, Fifth Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium (Virtual)
  • Lander N., et al  (2020). Effective teaching strategies for improved perceived and actual movement competence. ACHPER Victoria 2020 Virtual Conference: “Teachers in Action” on 20 – 22 October 2020.
  • Lander, N., et al (2020). Teacher perspectives of online continuing professional development in physical education. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference. October 11-13, 2020.
  • A Essiet, J Salmon, Lander N., et al  (2020). Can teachers assess aspects of children’s physical literacy? A systematic review of rating scales. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference. October 11-13, 2020.
  • Barnett, L., Lander N,et al (2020). Physical literacy in children questionnaire (PL-C-Quest) development. National Assembly of the International Motor Development Research Consortium Virtual Conference (NAIMDRC). October 11-13, 2020.
  • Lander, N et al., (2020). Three-year sustainability of a teacher-led program targeting pre-adolescent girls’ motor competence Virtual Conference. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.ISBNPA XChange Initiative June 20-30, 2020.
  • Tietjens, M., Lander, N. et al  (2018). Cultural perspective on the interaction of actual and perceived motor performance in children. 8th International Congress of Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology (ASPASP). Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea from June 29 to July 3, 2018.
  • Diao Yucui, Syahrial Bakhtiar, Lander, N (Discussant). Children need skills to be active and they need to think they are skilled: actual and perceived motor skill in children from Asia. International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Hong Kong, June 3-6, 2018
  • Lander, L., et al (2018). A teacher-led RCT can improve both perceived and actual motor competence adolescent girls’: But the outcomes are not associated! International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Hong Kong, June 3-6, 2018
  • Barnett, L.M., Lander, N. et al. (2018). Cultural perspective on the interaction of actual and perceived motor performance and their correlates in children. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. Denver: USA: 18-12 June, 2018 

Professional activities

Media appearances

Kids Spend Nearly Three-Quarters of Their School Day Sitting. Here’s How To Get Them Moving — During Lessons.
The Conversation, 26 August 2020.

‘Wearable Tech’ Could Transform how we Teach Children Motor Skills.
Deakin Disruptr, 3 June 2020.

New 'Wearable Tech' Can Improve a Child's Motor Skills.
Deakin University media release, 2 April 2020.

Teachers are Key to Girls' Self-Perception.
Deakin Disruptr, 11 October 2018.

Confidence has Girls Moving. Lander, N (2018). ‘A break-through feature piece’. Geelong Advertiser. November 8, 2018.

Research groups

Deakin University Motor Skill Network

Physical Literacy Reference Group

Awards

2020     Winner of 2020 the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Research Team - Transform-Us!
2019     Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: 2019-2020
2018     Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Victoria: Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Research – Doctoral
2018     Deakin University Shortlisted Award for Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Theses
2018     Excellence in Teaching Award: eVALUate result of 100% in Trimester 1, 2018, eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 2, 2018
2017     Excellence in Teaching Award: eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 1, 2017, eVALUate result of above 85% in Trimester 2, 2017
2016     Best Presentation: Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HDR Symposium. RACV Club, Melbourne: Australia: 9 September 2016
2016     North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Award
2015     Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Award
2015     Winner 3MT 2015: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development
2014     Awarded Deakin University PhD Scholarship
2014     Received the Deakin University, Faculty of Health publication scholarship award
2014     Awarded Best Honours Thesis: Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development
2010-2013    Recipient of the RMIT University Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Teaching (GTS of above 86%) in Semesters 1 and 2 for:
Thematic Approach to Teaching Physical Education
Methods of Teaching Physical Education
     Applied Exercise Science

Projects

  • Transfrom-ED! Longitudinal Study (Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship $10,00)
  • Shifting the Game: Coach Education Program
  • Moving the Next Generation (Phase 2) CI Sports and Recreation Victoria, and YMCA, $60,000 2018/2019
  • Transform-ED! Pilot/Feasibility project, CI Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Industry Collaboration Development Grant, $10,000 2018
  • Transform-ED! Pilot/Feasibility project, CI Research for Educational Impact (REDI) 2017 Small Grants Award $700 2018
  • Moving the Next Generation (Phase 1)
    CI Sports and Recreation Victoria, and YMCA, $34,000, 2017/2018
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence Deakin  University, School of Health and Social Development Seed funds, $9,450 2017
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence Deakin University, School of Health and Social Development Seed funds,$8,293 2016
  • Global Assessment of Children's Motor Competence 2015-2016 Universities Australia – Germany Joint Research $25,000 2016 
  • Improving early adolescent girls’ motor skill: A cluster randomized controlled trial, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA):Graduate Student Research Grant $3,500 2016
  • Improving early adolescent girls’ motor skill: A cluster randomized controlled trial, Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, Graduate Student Research Grant, $2,000 2015 
  • Physical Education Teachers perceptions of teaching motor skills to preadolescent girls, Faculty of Health publication scholarship grant, $500 2015

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

TransformUs Higher Ed: Developing confident, 'classroom-ready' graduates

A/Prof Natalie Lander, Prof Jo Salmon

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2024: $37,064

Other Public Sector Funding

Moving the next generation Phase 2

Prof Lisa Barnett, A/Prof Natalie Lander

Department of Health and Human Services - Victoria

  • 2019: $12,000
  • 2018: $48,000

Transform - Us ! Secondary Schools pilot

Prof Jo Salmon, Dr Ana Maria Contardo Ayala, Prof Anna Timperio, A/Prof Harriet Koorts, A/Prof Nicky Ridgers, Dr Kate Parker, A/Prof Natalie Lander, Dr Emiliano Mazzoli

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2022: $150,000
  • 2021: $250,000

Movement Assessment in Practice (MAP).

A/Prof Natalie Lander

VCAA Grant - Research - Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

  • 2023: $5,454

TransformUs Wellbeing

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Prof Jo Salmon, A/Prof Natalie Lander, A/Prof Alison Booth, A/Prof Kristy Bolton, A/Prof Serene Yoong, Dr Cadeyrn Gaskin, Mr Andrew Brown, Dr Michelle Jackson, Prof Steven Allender

VicHealth

  • 2023: $125,000

Industry and Other Funding

Moving the next generation: Dorsavi and Deakin University

Prof Lisa Barnett, A/Prof Natalie Lander

dorsaVi LTD

  • 2018: $6,781
  • 2017: $5,000

Student research grant - The state of PLAY: Should elementary school playgrounds be as safe as possible or as safe as necessary?

Prof Lisa Barnett, Ms Alethea Jerebine, A/Prof Natalie Lander, Dr Emma Eyre, Prof Michael Duncan

NASPSPA - North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

  • 2022: $2,918

Revolutionising vocational education through movement: The IVET / Transform Us VCEVM project.

A/Prof Natalie Lander, Ms Jess Orr, Prof Jo Salmon

IVET Training P/L

  • 2023: $180,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2023

Inimfon Aniema Essiet

Thesis entitled: Development of An Assessment Approach for Physical Literacy in Children

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health and Social Development

2022

Jiani Ma

Thesis entitled: Unpacking the 'black box': Implementation evaluation of interventions to improve motor competence in children and adolescents

Doctor of Philosophy (Health & Social Development), School of Health and Social Development