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Hayley Christian

Dr Hayley Christian

Research Fellow
Population Health, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Population Health
The University of Western Australia (M707)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 8501
Fax
+61 8 6488 1199
Email
hayley.christian@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BSc PhD W.Aust.
Biography
Hayley completed a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at The University of Western Australia in 1997. Since 1998 she has worked in health promotion research and in 2003 coordinated the RESIDE Project, bringing her knowledge and experience of research project management, promotion of physical activity, and research and analytical skills to RESIDE. From 2004-2008 Hayley was an Associate Lecturer at the School of Population Health and tutored health science and medical students. In 2004 Hayley received an Australian Research Council, Australian Postgraduate Award with the Petcare Information and Advisory Service as her PhD scholarship industry partner. In 2008 Hayley was awarded a PhD with distinction for her thesis titled “The Relationship between Dog Ownership and Physical Activity”. Currently, she is a Research Fellow on the RESIDE project at the Centre for the Built Environment and Health. Hayley’s interests incorporate the relationship between the physical and social environment (including dog ownership) and physical activity and obesity.
Key research
The impact of the urban environment on the health behaviours (physical activity, obesity, sedentary behaviour)of children and adults.
Publications
Levine, G, Allen, K, Braun, L, Christian, H, Friedmann, E, Taubert, K, Thomas, S.A, Wells, D, Lange,
R, In press, accepted 11th March 2013. Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk. Circulation.

Christian, H, Trapp, G, Lauritsen, C, Wright, K, Giles-Corti, B, 2012. Understanding the relationship between dog ownership and children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Pediatric Obesity. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00113.x

Trapp, G.S.A., Giles-Corti, B., Christian, H.E., Bulsara, M., Timperio, A.F., McCormack, G.R., Villaneuva, K.P, 2012. Increasing children's physical activity: Individual, social, and environmentalfactors associated with walking to and from school. Health Education and Behavior. 39, 172-182.

Christian, H, Giles-Corti, B, Knuiman, M, Timperio, A, Foster, S, 2011. The influence of the built environment, social environment and health behaviors on body mass index. Results from RESIDE.
Preventive Medicine. 53, 57-60.

Christian, H, Giles-Corti, B, Knuiman, M, Timperio, A, Foster, S, 2011. The influence of the built environment, social environment and health behaviors on body mass index. Results from RESIDE. Preventive Medicine. 53, 57-60.

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B., Knuiman, M., Timperio, A. & Bull, F. C. 2008, 'Understanding Dog Owners' Increased Levels of Physical Activity: Results From RESIDE', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 66-69.

Cutt, H., Knuiman, M. & Giles-Corti, B. 2008, ‘Does getting a dog increase recreational walking?’, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol. 5, pp. 17.

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. 2008, 'Encouraging physical activity through dog walking: Why don't some owners walk with their dog?', Preventive Medicine, vol. 48, pp. 120-126.

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B., Knuiman, M. & Pikora, T. J. 2008, 'Physical activity behaviour of dog owners: Development and reliability of the Dogs and Physical Activity (DAPA) tool', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 5, no. S1, pp. 73-89.

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B., Wood, L., Knuiman, M. & Burke, V. 2008, 'Barriers and motivators for owners walking their dog: results from qualitative research', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 118-124.

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. 2007, ‘Dog ownership, health and physical activity: A critical review of the literature’, Health & Place, vol. 13, pp. 261-272. Most downloaded article in Elsevier social science journals (April - June 2006).

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. 2006, ‘The effect of dog ownership on walking behavior. Results from RESIDE’ , International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2006 Annual Meeting, Boston, United States, International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Burke, V., Beilin, L.J., Cutt, H.E., Mansour, J., Williams, A. & Mori, T.A. 2007, ‘A lifestyle program for treated hypertensives improves health-related behaviours and cardiovascular risk factors: a randomized controlled trial’, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 133-141.

Burke, V., Beilin, L.J., Cutt, H.E., Mansour, J., & Mori, T.A. 2007, ‘Moderators and mediators of behaviour change in a lifestyle program for treated hypertensives: a randomized controlled trial (ADAPT)’, Health Education Research, vol. 23, pp. 583-591.

Burke, V., Mansour, J., Mori, T.A., Cutt, H.E. & Williams, A. 2007, ‘Changes in cognitive measures associated with a lifestyle program for treated hypertensives: A randomized controlled trial (ADAPT)’, Health Education Research, vol. 23, pp. 202-217.

Giles-Corti, B., Cutt, H., Timperio, A., Pikora, T.J., Bull, F.C.L., Knuiman, M., Bulsara, M., van Niel, K. & Shilton, K. 2006, ‘Development of a reliable measure of walking within and outside the local neighborhood: RESIDE’s Neighbourhood Physical Activity Questionnaire’, Preventive Medicine, vol. 42, pp. 455-99.

Heyworth, J.S., Cutt, H. & Glonek, G. 2006, ‘Does dog or cat ownership lead to increased gastroenteritis in young children in South Australia?’, Epidemiology & Infection, vol. 134, no. 5, pp. 926-34.
Future research
Dog walking intervention studies
Funding received
Christian, H. School of Population Health - Nationally competitive grant application support award. School of Population Health, UWA

Christian, H. New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards 2012. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health

Christian, H. Research to review the evidence of the relationship between dog ownership and physical activity. The Australian Anthrozoology Research
Foundation (AARF)

Christian, H (2011). Exploring the potential for built environment intervention to improve adult and child physical activity and health. Australian National Health and Medical Research Council/National Heart Foundation Early
Career Fellowship 2012-2015

Christian, H, Wood, L, Giles-Corti, B. Physical activity minimal intervention targeting dog owners. Healthway Starter Grant

Christian, H, Wood, L, Giles-Corti, B. Building capacity for dog walking intervention research. Petcare Australia,
Memberships
Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY), Member of The Early Years Learning &
Development Network

International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), Member of the Council on Environment
and Physical Activity - International Physical Activity and the Environment Network - Children and
Green Urban Space

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Australian Dance Council (Ausdance WA)
Honours and awards
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council (2012)

The Patricia New Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Public Health), National Heart Foundation (2012)

New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support (NIRIS) Awards, Government of Western Australia, Department of Health (2012)

Waltham Fellowship conference attendance award, 18th Annual International Society for Anthrozoology and 1st Human-Animal Interaction conference in Kansas City, MO, USA
Previous positions
Assistant Professor (Research), Centre for the Built Environment and Health, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (2009-2011)

Graduate Entry Medical Program PBL tutor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia (2006-2008)

Associate Lecturer, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (2005)

Graduate Entry Medical Program PBL tutor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia (2006-2008)

Project Coordinator - The RESIDE Project, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (2004-2005)

Research Coordinator - The ADAPT Study, The Department of Medicine (Royal Perth Hospital), The University of Western Australia (2000-2003)
Teaching
Graduate Entry Medical Program PBL tutor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia.

Associate Lecturer, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia.

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http://www.sph.uwa.edu.au/go/C_BEH
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