Debra Judge

Associate Professor, MS PhD Calif.

  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 345 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
1976 …2019
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Family dynamics and child growth in East Timor
Social dynamics in families & health effects
Socio-ecology of rural East Timorese families
Intergenerational relationships
Primate social behaviour
reproductive ecology of birds and mammals

Future research

Family well-being in rural Timor-Leste
Life history and health outcomes
Allocare & cooperative breeding in Timor-Leste
Roles of grandmothers and other helpers in Western Australia

Funding overview

Australian Research Council
Univ. Western Australia
National Institutes of Health (USA)
Rockefeller Foundation
Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

Previous positions

Assistant Professor, UWA 2010-2014
Teaching and Research Fellow, UWA 2002-2010
Professional Research Ecologist, Univ California Davis

Current projects

Influences on family well-being in rural Timor-Leste.
Influences of intergenerational support on Western Australian women's reproductive timing and fertility.
Early life experience, reproductive careers, and women's health

Teaching overview

Coordinator ANHB 3315: Human Evolutionary Ecology
Coordinator ANHB 2215: Biological Anthropology: Human Variation
ANHB 3321: lecturer (demograph)
Primates & Human Evolution (in ANHB1101)
Human Behaviour (ANHB1102)
3310/3320: Applications
Population Growth, Evol of Menopause (ANHB 2216)


Family well-being in rural Timor-Leste.
The socioecology of family living species (including humans).
Life history theory and comparative ecology. Comparative biodemography of lifespan. Intergenerational transfers,
Human behavioural ecology.


functional French
basic Spanish
basic Tetun


  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Comparative biology/ecology
  • Evolution and biological anthropology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Evolutionary demography
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Intergenerational transmissions
  • Life history theory
  • Longevity
  • Parental investment
  • Parental investment theory
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Sociobiology
  • Family ecology

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Research Output 1976 2019

Determinants of objectively measured physical activity in rural East Timorese children

Spencer, P. R., Sanders, K. A. & Judge, D. S., 21 Apr 2019, In : American Journal of Human Biology. e23247.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

physical activity
Gorilla gorilla
life history
4 Citations (Scopus)
19 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Rural Livelihood Variation and its Effects on Child Growth in Timor-Leste

Spencer, P. R., Sanders, K. A. & Judge, D. S., Dec 2018, In : Human Ecology. 46, 6, p. 787-799 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Household agricultural activities and child growth: evidence from rural Timor-Leste

Thu, P. M. & Judge, D. S., May 2017, In : Geographical Research. 55, 2, p. 144-155 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Projects 2004 2014