Professor David Crawford

Field of Research: 
Stream 1: Early Childhood
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
Deakin University
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Professor David Crawford is the Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University.  He has over 30 year experience in population health research, with a focus on the promotion of nutrition and physical activity behaviours. He is interested in understanding the behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity; the epidemiology of overweight and obesity; and the development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults.

His recent publications include:

Cameron A, Ball K, Pearson N, Lioret S, Crawford D, Campbell K, Hesketh K, McNaughton S. Socio-economic variation in diet and activity-related behaviors of Australian children and adolescents aged 2-16 years. Pediatric Obesity (In press, accepted 8 March 12).

Lioret S, McNaughton S, Spence A, Crawford D, Campbell K. Tracking of dietary intakes in early childhood: The Melbourne InFANT Program. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013; 67: 275-281. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2576.

Lioret S, Cameron A, Campbell K, McNaughton S, Crawford D, Hesketh K, Spence A. Association between maternal education and diet of children at 9 months is partially explained by mothers’ diet. Maternal &Child Nutrition. (In press, accepted 13 December 2012).

Campbell K, Lioret S, McNaughton S, Crawford D, Salmon J, Ball K, McCallum Z, Gerner B, Spence A, Cameron A, Hnatiuk J, Ukoumunne O, Gold L, Abbott G, Hesketh K. A parent-focused intervention to reduce infant obesity risk behaviors: A randomized trial. Pediatrics 2013; 131: 652-660. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2576

Ball K, Abbott G, Cleland V, Timperio A, Thornton L, Mishra G, Jeffery R, Brug J, King A, Crawford D. Resilience to obesity amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged women: The READI study. International Journal of Obesity 2011; September 20 (Advance online publication) doi:101038/ijo.2011.183.

His recent grants/research studies include:

2012-2014    Ni Mhurchu C, McRobbie H, Ball K, Maddison R, Whittaker R, Jiang Y, Myers   R,Crawford D. New horizons for weight loss using mobile technologies. Bupa Foundation (UK)                                                                           

2011-2013    Hesketh, Campbell, Crawford, Salmon, McNaughton, McCallum, Cameron. Assessing sustainability of positive outcomes in a successful child obesity prevention intervention: Follow-up of the Melbourne InFANT Program. NHMRC

2011-2014    Campbell, Hesketh, Crawford, Lynch, Ball, McNaughton, McCallum.  "Enhancing the evidence    base by value adding to an existing successful intervention for child obesity prevention: The InFANT-Extend Randomised Controlled Trial".  UK World Cancer Research Fund.


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