Geraldine Naughton is a Professor in Paediatric Exercise Science in the School of Exercise Science, at the Melbourne campus of the Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses of improving health-related outcomes through physical activity, in young people. She has researched with a range of young populations from overweight and obese children to intensively training adolescents. She provides physical activity expertise for a team at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (The Filling the Gaps Team) working to produce evidence-based resources and services for health professionals, state and national governments.
• Along with colleagues from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and UNSW, Geraldine’s current projects involve physical and social health improvements from increased play opportunity in the early years of life (Sydney Playground Project).
• Her recent work with dieticians from the Royal Children’s Hospital involved a Needs Analysis of the Health (nutrition and physical activity needs) of children 0 to 8 years – this project involved over 400 families from two socially disadvantaged areas in Victoria
• Geraldine is part of a number of projects looking at the bone-related responses to physical activity in the first two decades of life.
• She is a member of the Victorian State Government’s Sporting Injury Prevention Task Force and has collaborated with the Australian Rugby Union about junior sporting pathways for the past 10 years.
She has successfully supervised 22 PhD and 6 Masters and 12 Honours students.
Main area of expertise
Pediatric Exercise Science
Healthy development in early childhood
Childhood overweight and obesity
Child and adolescent sport