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Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University

Professor Jo Salmon holds a Personal Chair in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She is Associate Head of School (Research) and a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN). Professor Salmon currently holds a 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship (to finish July, 2017). She supervises 6 research degree students and 4 post-doctoral fellows. Professor Salmon is an active researcher in understanding and influencing physical activity in populations, in particular children and families.

Professor Salmon's program of research focuses on the behavioural epidemiology of children’s' and adults’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She is interested in the assessment of these behaviours; in understanding the individual, social and environmental factors that influence participation; and the development of strategies to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary time among children and adults.

Recent research includes the development and validation of instruments to assess physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children; descriptive studies of influences on child and youth physical activity and sedentary behaviour; and examination of the effectiveness of strategies to reduce children’s sitting time and promote physical activity at school and at home.


  • –present
    Personal Chair; Associate Head of School (Research); NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University
  • 2007–2012
    National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Fellow, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University


  • 2000 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 1987 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Hons Psych)
  • 1984 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Human Movement And Sports Science (1106)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)