Kym Guelfi

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Kym Guelfi completed her PhD with distinction at The University of Western Australia in 2006, investigating metabolic and hormonal responses to exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences. In this role she is involved in a number of research projects investigating the role of exercise in disease prevention and management (particular obesity and diabetes), as well as the relationship between exercise, appetite and food intake. Dr Guelfi is also an enthusiastic teacher and is currently involved in a number of service activities within the School, University and wider community.

Funding overview

A selection:

Dimmock JA, Jackson BJ, Guelfi KJ, Nguyen T, Gibson L. (2017). Healthways Health Promotion Exploratory Research Grant. Improving mental health in mothers: feasibility of the ‘Mummy Buddy’ program. ($66,284)

Guelfi KJ, Dimmock JA, Masih T. (2016). National Heart Foundation. The effect of guided relaxation on appetite and energy intake: implications for stress-induced eating, weight management and cardiovascular disease. ($35,000 AUD)

Jones TW, Fournier PA, Guelfi KJ. (2013 – 2015). National Health and Medical Research Council. Glycaemia-increasing effects of sprinting in type 1 diabetes: toward the validation of new clinical guidelines for hypoglycaemia prevention. ($579,939 AUD)

Newnham JP, Fournier PA, Guelfi KJ, Grove JR, Wallman KE, Doherty DA (2011 - 2013). National Health and Medical Research Council. Preventing gestational diabetes mellitus using a home-based supervised exercise program during pregnancy. ($740,709 AUD)

Teaching overview

Dr Kym Guelfi is currently involved in teaching Undergraduate units within the School of Human Sciences;
• SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
• SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement


The relationship between exercise and appetite/energy intake: implications for weight management
The role of exercise in disease prevention and management (particularly obesity and type 1 and 2 diabetes).
Pregnancy and Exercise (and the prevention of gestational diabetes mellitus)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research expertise keywords

  • Exercise metabolism
  • Exercise and appetite regulation
  • Exercise in pregnancy (and gestational diabetes)
  • Exercise in type 1 diabetes


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