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.
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2016-2020 National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship
2012-2016 NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship
2004-2008 ARC Postgraduate Award - Industry
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)
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