Our team

Our team

Prof Karen Campbell

Prof Karen Campbell

Professor, Population Nutrition

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Karen co-led the development of INFANT with Professor Kylie Hesketh.  Karen trained as a dietitian and health educator and has PhD in behavioural epidemiology.  She is now a Professor of Population Nutrition.  Her work focuses on improving health during pregnancy and early life.  Karen is responsible for the overall INFANT project leadership.

Dr Rachel Laws

Dr Rachel Laws

Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Rachel trained as a dietitian. Her PhD explored obesity prevention within primary care. She is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research primarily focuses on early life nutrition and developing obesity prevention interventions for families with young children. Rachel is one of the leaders of the INFANT implementation evaluation.

Prof Kylie Hesketh

Prof Kylie Hesketh

Professor

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Kylie co-led the development of INFANT. She has training in psychology, paediatric public health and behavioural epidemiology. She leads a program of research that focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviours and obesity prevention in children and youth, with a focus on the early childhood period. Kylie is one of the leaders of the INFANT effectiveness trial.

Prof Elizabeth Denney Wilson

Prof Elizabeth Denney Wilson

Conjoint Professor of Nursing

University of Sydney

Elizabeth co-led the development of My Baby Now. She has academic qualifications in nursing, public health and epidemiology. Her research focuses on obesity prevention and management with an emphasis on the role of nurses and the primary health care setting. Elizabeth is one of the leaders of the INFANT effectiveness trial.

Prof Marj Moodie

Prof Marj Moodie

Alfred Deakin Professor

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Marj is a health economist, her work focuses on economic evaluation and priority setting, primarily in the field of obesity. She has conducted the economic evaluation of several large community-based obesity prevention projects in Australia and the Pacific. Marj is responsible for the health economics component of the INFANT project.

Dr Harriet Koorts

Dr Harriet Koorts

Research Fellow

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Harriet is an Implementation Scientist; her research focuses on the implementation and scale-up of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions at a population level. Harriet is one of the leaders of the INFANT implementation evaluation.

A/Prof Kok-Leong Ong

A/Prof Kok-Leong Ong

Associate Professor, Business Analytics

La Trobe University

Kok-Leong specialises in data analytics research and has served in over 50 Program Committees of international conferences related to analytics. Kok-Leong is responsible for the My Baby Now app maintenance and analytics.

Prof Liliana Orellana

Prof Liliana Orellana

Professor of Biostatistics

Deakin University

Liliana is a biostatistician; her areas of interest include oncology, palliative care, nutrition and eating disorders in children and adolescents. She also teaches statistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Orellana will lead the INFANT statistical analysis.

Dr Penny Love

Dr Penny Love

Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

Deakin University

Penny trained as an accredited practising dietitian and Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research focuses on the translation, implementation and sustainability of early childhood prevention. Penny is one of the leaders of the INFANT implementation evaluation.

Dr Jennifer Browne

Dr Jennifer Browne

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Deakin University

Jennifer is a public health nutritionist and researcher at the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE). She is also an advocate for Aboriginal health equality. Her research involves exploring policy agenda-setting in Aboriginal health, with a focus on nutrition as a policy priority. Jennifer leads the research with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

Andrew Cain

Associate Professor, Software Engineering

Deakin University

Sarah Taki

Senior Research Officer and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health Government of New South Wales

Sandrine Lioret

Epidemiologist and Public Health Senior Researcher

Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research

Erica Nixon

Policy Manager

Population Health Protection and Prevention Division
Australian Capital Territory Government

Alison Ward

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Community Dietitian

Public Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Government of Tasmania

Julie-Anne McWhinnie

Chief Project Officer, Public Health Nutrition

SA Health
Government of South Australia

Christina Pollard

Principal Policy Consultant

Population and Community Health, East Metropolitan Health Service Organisation
Government of Western Australia

Alexander Wetten

Senior Policy Officer (Child Health), Health Improvement, Strategy Policy & Planning

Department of Health
Northern Territory Government

Janny Goris

Senior Public Health Nutritionist

Preventive Health Branch
Department of Health
Queensland Government

Christine Innes-Hughes

Senior Public Health Nutritionist

NSW Office for Preventative Health
Government of New South Wales

Sunraysia Community Health Service

Sunraysia Community Health Service

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

The INFANT Program is led by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University.

Project partners include: