Hayley Christian

Ms, PhD, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M707), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley

    Australia

  • 2025 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
20022020
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Personal profile

Biography

Hayley’s research focusses on improving children’s physical activity levels, health and well-being through multi-level interventions focussed on the child, family, social and built environment. This includes identifying and testing strategies to create healthy early childhood education and care environments and investigating how the home and neighbourhood environment shapes children’s health and development.

Hayley leads the PLAYCE (Play Spaces & Environments for Children’s Physical Activity) program of research, a multidisciplinary team of staff and students based at the School of Population and Global Health. She is Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. Dr Christian has over 18 years professional experience in health promotion practice (3 years), health promotion research project management (13 years) and health promotion teaching and research (15 years). Dr Christian has research experience in the areas of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, paediatric exercise science, child health and development, the built environment and health, health promotion and public health, cohort studies, interventions and quantitative and qualitative research.

Funding overview

See Research Profile link below

FELLOWSHIPS:

2016-2020 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship

2012-2016 NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship

2004-2008 ARC Postgraduate Award - Industry

Teaching overview

Associate Lecturer, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia (current)

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

Research

Early Childhood Education and Care interventions to support and encourage healthy behaviours (i.e., physical activity, reduced sedentary and screen time, sleep) and optimal development in the early years
Influence of the home and neighbourhood environment on child health and development
Natural experiments of the impact of the built environment on health
Health and development benefits of pets for children and adults
Health benefits of nature contact and green space

Keywords

  • Physical activity (adult and child)
  • Obesity
  • Health and the built environment
  • Health benefits of pet ownership
  • Health promotion

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

Promoting physical activity – reducing obesity and non-communicable diseases

Giles-Corti, W., Bull, F., Christian, H., Sugiyama, T., Koohsari, M. J. & Hooper, P. 2018 Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health : The Role of Nature in Improving the Health of a Population. Bird, W. & van Den Bosch, M. (eds.). UK: Oxford University Press, p. 97-107

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

physical activity
obesity
public space
open space
health and disease
12 Citations

A collaborative approach to adopting/adapting guidelines - The Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the early years (Birth to 5 years): An integration of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep

Okely, A. D. , Ghersi, D. , Hesketh, K. D. , Santos, R. , Loughran, S. P. , Cliff, D. P. , Shilton, T. , Grant, D. , Jones, R. A. , Stanley, R. M. , Sherring, J. , Hinkley, T. , Trost, S. G. , McHugh, C. , Eckermann, S. , Thorpe, K. , Waters, K. , Olds, T. S. , Mackey, T. , Livingstone, R. & 7 others Christian, H., Carr, H., Verrender, A., Pereira, J. R., Zhang, Z., Downing, K. L. & Tremblay, M. S. 20 Nov 2017 In : BMC Public Health. 17, 869

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Sleep
Parturition
Guidelines
Exercise
Consensus
1 Citations
Open Access
File
Walking
Geographic Information Systems
Crime
Administrative Personnel
Esthetics
1 Citations

Dog walking

Christian, H., McCormack, G., Evenson, K. R. & Maitland, C. 2017 Walking: Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health. Mulley, C., Gebel, K. & Ding, D. (eds.). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 9, p. 113-135 (Transport and Sustainability; vol. 9)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

evidence
sense of responsibility
local law
social marketing
demographic situation

'Hesitant compliers': Qualitative analysis of concerned fully-vaccinating parents

Enkel, S. L., Attwell, K., Snelling, T. L. & Christian, H. E. 12 Oct 2017 In : Vaccine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

qualitative analysis
Vaccines
Parents
vaccines
Appointments and Schedules