ASPA organisational structure

ASPA Committee Members

Memberships Committee

Co-chairs: 

  • Verity Cleland

Members:

  • Nigel Harris, Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (Co-Chair) 
  • Hashi Peiris, Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka  
  • Alison Carver, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Australia 
  • Anne-Maree Parrish, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia 
  • Steph Chappel, Postdoctoral Researcher, Central Queensland University, Australia 

Early Career Network

Chair: Sarah Edney, Senior Research Fellow, Physical Activity & Nutrition Determinants in Asia (PANDA), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System

Members:

  • Matthew ‘Tepi’ McLaughlin, Senior Project Officer, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Western Australia and Senior Research Assistant, University of Newcastle
  • Jessica Seymour, PhD Candidate, University of Canberra
  • Kuston Sultoni, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney, based at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
  • Lucy Corbett, Associate Lecturer of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  • Liz McKibben, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Kristen Clark, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Health and Wellbeing Queensland
  • Kar-Hau Chong (John), Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Asia Committee

Chair: 

  • Yanping Duan (ASPA EC)

Members: 

  • Jingdong Liu, Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, China (Co-Chair) 
  • Hashi Peiris, Lecturer, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka 
  • Wei Liang, Post-doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 
  • Carman Ka Man Leung, Assistant Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
  • Shigeru Inoue, Professor and Chair,  Tokyo Medical University | TMU · Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 

Communications Committee

Chair:

  • Dr Ashleigh Homer, Research Centre Manager, Sports Performance, Recovery, Injury & New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre, Australian Catholic University (ASPA EC)

Co-Chair:

  • Courtney West, Research Assistant, University of Sydney

Members:

  • Dr Michael Wheeler, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes, Deakin University
  • Maddie Ratcliffe, Lecturer, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University
  • Rebecca Fuller, Student Member, Deakin University
  • Dr Susan Paudel Subedi, Executive Dean Health Research Fellow, School of Exer & Nutr Sciences, Deakin University (on leave)

Partnerships Committee

Co-Chairs:

  • David Dunstan (ASPA EC)
  • Justin Richards

Members: 

  • Nick Gilson, Assoc. Prof. Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour. Director of External Engagement – School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland. 
  • Leah Valente, Freelance Consultant & RA Deakin University. 
  • Suzie Schuster, National Coach · Samoa Swimming Federation / Senior Lecturer, Health and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, National University of Samoa    
  • Shiho Amagasa (Lecturer, Teikyo University Tokyo, Japan) 
  • Sione Hufanga (United Nations, UN Country Coordination Specialist) 
  • Takashi Arao, Senior research adviser – Physical Fitness Research Institute, Meiji-Yasuda Life Foundation of Health and Welfare, Tokyo, Japan. 

Advocacy Committee

Chair: 

  • Peter McCue (ASPA EC)

Members: 

  • Matthew ‘Tepi’ Mcloughin University of Newcastle, Hunter New England population health 
  • Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum, University of New South Wales 
  • Michelle Daly, NSW Ministry of Health 
  • Trevor Shilton, Adjunct Professor, Heart Foundation. 
  • Sam Cassar, Deans Strategic Implementation Science Fellow, Deakin University, School of Exercise & Nut. Sci. 
  • Dr Lindsey Reece, University of Sydney & Office of Sport, NSW 
  • Brittany Swelam, Lecturer, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

Scientific Program Committee 

Co-Chairs: 

  • Prof. David Lubans, Professor, University of Newcastle | Visiting Professor, University of Jyvaskyla
  • Dr. Lisa Mackay, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department, Auckland University of Technology

Members: 

  • Prof. Kylie Hesketh, Professor, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University 
  • Prof. Corneel Vandelanotte, Research Professor, Central Queensland University
  • Dr. Jordan Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Newcastle
  • Sarah Edney, Senior Research Fellow, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Hayley Christian, Telethon Kids Institute; The University of Western Australia
  • Asst. Prof. Justin Richards, Associate Professor, Te Hau Kori, Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka | Acadmic Lead, Sport New Zealand – Ihi Aotearoa
  • Nicky Ridgers, Associate Professor in Physical Activity and Health within Allied Health & Human Performance at the University of South Australia

Abstract Reviews Committee 

Chair:

  • Corneel Vandelanotte (ASPA EC)

Members:

  • Other committee members are shared with Scientific Program Committee 

SIG Committee

Chair: 

  • Scott Duncan (ASPA EC)

SIG Officers:

  • Harriet Koorts and Sarah Kennedy, Scaling Up Physical Activity SIG (SUPA SIG) 
  • Lisa Barnett and Pierre Comis, Physical Literacy SIG (PL SIG) 
  • Natalie Lander, Nick Riley, Narelle Eather, School-Based Research SIG 
  • Dr Sjaan Gomersall & Dr Nicole Freene, Physical Activity in Healthcare SIG 

Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) Committee 

Co-Chairs: 

  • Kylie Hesketh, ASPA EC
  • David Lubans, ASPA EC

Members:

  • Professor Timothy Olds, Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia  
  • Professor Grant Tomkinson, Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia 
  • Professor Leon Straker, School of Allied Health, Curtain University 
  • Dr Sjaan Gomersall, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland 
  • A/Prof Nicky Ridgers, Allied Health and Human Performance, University of South Australia  
  • Dr Michalis Stylianou, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland 
  • A/Prof Verity Cleland, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania 
  • Dr Lindsey Reece, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney 
  • Dr Simone Verswijveren, Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University  
  • Dr Angus Leahy, School of Education, University of Newcastle 

Finance Committee

Chair:

  • Nicky Ridgers (ASPA EC)

Members:

  • Jo Salmon (ASPA EC)
  • Leah Valente (ASPA EC)

Founding Executive Committee Members, 2020

All titles and affiliations listed as at the time of the establishment of ASPA. Some affiliations may have changed.

President:
Jo Salmon, Co-Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Vice-President:
David Dunstan, Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia.

Treasurer:
Nicola Ridgers, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Secretariat:
Trevor Shilton, National Director of Active Living with the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Melbourne, Australia.

Members: 
Corneel Vandelanotte, Head of the Physical Activity Research Group and the 10,000 Steps program at the Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

David Lubans, School of Education and Theme Lead for school-based research in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Erica Hinckson, Head of School of Sport and Recreation at the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Kylie Hesketh, Australian Research Council Future Fellow with the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Leah Valente, Business Executive in Health Sciences. Melbourne, Australia.

Lindsey Reece, Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia.

Lisa Mackay, Lecturer and research development fellow with the School of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Natasha Schranz, Principal Project Officer, Physical Activity, Prevention and Population Health Directorate, Wellbeing South Australia.

Peter McCue, Executive Manager of Physical Activity and Participation, NSW Office of Sport, Australia.

Sam Cassar, Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Melbourne, Australia.

Scott Duncan, Head of Department (Physical Activity, Nutrition and the Outdoors), School of Sport and Recreation and Associate Director of the Human Potential Centre, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Shariful Islam, National Heart Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Verity Cleland, Associate Professor, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Yanping Duan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, South China.