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Dylan Cliff

Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Phone: (02) 4221 5929
Email: dylanc@uow.edu.au

Biography

Dylan Cliff is a qualified Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) teacher and is currently a Heart Foundation - Macquarie Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute, University of Wollongong. Dylan has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing age-appropriate physical activity programs, having delivered such programs during both his honours and doctoral research. As part of his PhD he was the primary facilitator for the physical activity component of a large multi-site study for overweight and obese children. He also has considerable expertise in the objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among young people.

UOW Scholars Profile - Dylan Cliff

Research Interests

Dylan Cliff is a National Heart Foundation of Australia postdoctoral research fellow in the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. His research focuses on the objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents, as well as the development and evaluation of generalisable strategies to promote increased physical activity and decreased sedentary behaviour among young people. During his fellowship, Dylan will examine the associations between objectively measured physical activity, sedentary behaviour and metabolic outcomes among overweight and obese children.

Awards

  • 2012-2014 National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • 2010-2012 National Heart Foundation - Macquarie Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • 2008-2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong
  • 2006 Abstract awarded to the Presidents poster session - International Congress on Obesity
  • 2004-2007 Australian Postgraduate Award

Future Research Topics

  • 2012-14 Cliff D. Sedentary behaviour in children: measurement, patterns and determinants. National Heart Foundation of Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Public Health (PH 11S 6025): $157,016.
  • 2012-13 Okely A, Cliff D, Reilly JJ, Brage S, Ekelund U, Jones R, Batterham M. Validity of activity monitors for measuring physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and energy expenditure in children: a whole body calorimeter study. National Heart Foundation of Australia Grant-in-Aid (G 11S 5975): $130,000.
  • 2011-13 Hesketh K, Salmon J, Okely A, Timperio A, Cliff D, Andrianopoulos. Determinants of children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a follow-up study from early childhood. ARC Discovery Project (DP110101434): $547,861.
  • 2010-11 Okely A, Reilly JJ, Ekelund U, Brage S, Cliff D, Jones R. Lillioja S, Batterham M. Validity of energy expenditure equations in pre-school children: A whole body calorimeter study. National Heart Foundation of Australia Grant-in-Aid (G 09S 4441): $125,635.
  • 2010-12 Cliff D. Relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors among overweight and obese children. National Heart Foundation of Australia - Macquarie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: $139,500.
  • 2009 Cliff D, Okely A, Jones R. Wollongong Sport: A community-based after-school activity program for overweight and at-risk of overweight 8- to 11-year-old children. Foundation for Children, 2009: $74,170.

Research Students

  • Yvonne Ellis (Doctor of Philosophy): Sitting time in Young Children at Childcare: How much and how to intervene?
  • Jade McNeill (Doctor of Philosophy): Do Physical Activity and Electronic Screen Behaviours Influence Psychosocial Development in Preschool Children?
  • Lyndel Hewitt (Doctor of Philosophy): Understanding and Promoting Gross Motor Skills in Young Children
  • Christel van Loo (Doctor of Philosophy): Validation and calibration of activity monitors in children
Last reviewed: 29 June, 2016