Professor Kylie Ball

Field of Research: 
Stream 1: Early Childhood
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition
Deakin University
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Kylie Ball is a NHMRC Principle Research Fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She has more than 14 years’ experience in population health research, with a focus on promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviours and healthy weight among children and adults. She is particularly interested in understanding and modifying the behavioural, social and environmental determinants of body weight and weight-related behaviours, especially amongst women and those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.

Her recent publications include:

Ball K, Cleland V, Salmon J, Timperio A, McNaughton S, Thornton L, Campbell K, Jackson M, Baur LA, Mishra G, Brug J, Jeffery RW, King A, Kawachi I, Crawford, D. Cohort Profile: The Resilience for Eating and Activity Despite Inequality (READI) study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2012:(Epub ahead of print). 1-11.  doi: 10.1093/ije/dys165.

Cleland V, Granados A, Crawford D, Winzenberg T, Ball K (2013). Effectiveness of interventions to promote physical activity among socioeconomically disadvantaged women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. 14(3): 197-212. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2012.01058.x.

Ball K, Abbott G, Cleland V, Timperio A, Thornton L, Mishra G, Jeffery RW, Brug J, King A, Crawford D. Resilience to obesity amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged women: The READI study. International Journal of Obesity 2012; 36, 855-865. doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.183.

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).

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

Her 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)

2011-2014   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.

2012-2015   Preventing weight gain in young to mid-aged women living in rural communities: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Teede H, Lombard C, Zoungas, Keating C, Jolly D, Ball K, Moodie M. NHMRC Project Grant.

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