Team

Professor Philip Morgan

Professor Philip Morgan

Lead Investigator

Professor Philip Morgan is Deputy Director of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research focuses on the design, evaluation and translation of targeted interventions to promote physical activity and nutrition in men, fathers and children in school, community and workplace settings.

Along with the DADEE program, Professor Morgan has developed and tested a number of award winning community-based health education programs for men including Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids , SHED-IT (Self-Help Exercise and Diet using Information Technology) and Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit). These gender-tailored interventions have been highly successful and are now being rolled out in national and international translation trials. In 2014, Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids won national awards for ‘Excellence in Obesity Prevention’ and ‘Community Engagement’ and Workplace POWER was awarded an ANPHA National Preventive Health Award in 2013.

Professor Morgan has published more than 200 academic papers and served as an invited expert on multiple government and non-government committees focusing on obesity, physical activity and physical education. His contributions to research, teaching and community service have been recognised with over 30 prestigious academic awards including the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Australasia and the Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence from the National Office for Learning & Teaching.

As a father of three daughters and coach of multiple junior girls basketball, touch football and soccer teams, Professor Morgan is very aware of the important role fathers play in their children’s lives. He is a strong male advocate for gender equity and enhancing the father-daughter bond and wellbeing through physical activity and sport.

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Professor David Lubans

Professor David Lubans

Chief investigator

Professor Lubans is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. His research is focused on the development and evaluation of interventions to increase physical activity, improve mental health and reduce sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents.

Professor Lubans has been lead or Chief Investigator on more than 20 school based interventions, including a recent studies, funded by the NSW Department of Education and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, which will see his SCORES, NEAT and ATLAS programs delivered to over 2000 teachers and 60,000 students in NSW primary and secondary schools.

Outside of work, Professor Lubans can be seen building physical adventure challenges in his back yard, surfing, bike riding or playing soccer with his son and daughter.

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Doctor Alyce Barnes

Doctor Alyce Barnes

Chief Investigator and Senior Project Manager

Dr. Barnes completed a PhD at the University of Newcastle in 2015, focused on improving the physical activity levels of mothers and their daughters through an after-school program - M.A.D.E (Mothers And Daughters Exercising) 4 Life.


Prior to her postgraduate studies, Dr. Barnes completed a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health & Physical Education at the University of Newcastle (2008) and taught in high schools and as a Kindergarten - Year 6 Health and Physical Education specialist.


Dr Barnes is grateful of the opportunity to take a major role nurturing and empowering her new baby girl, Saylor, to an active life of positivity, health and well-being.


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Doctor Myles Young

Doctor Myles Young

Chief Investigator

Dr. Young is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition and the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. He was awarded his PhD in 2015, following completion of a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1A) at the University of Newcastle in 2009. Dr. Young's research focuses on the development and testing of innovative weight management programs designed specifically for men.


Dr Young has recently become the proud father of a baby boy, Amos. He looks forward to sharing his love of soccer with Amos and teaching him how he can contribute to a world where boys and girls have equal opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity through life.

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Doctor Narelle Eather

Doctor Narelle Eather

Chief Investigator

Dr Eather is the Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) at the University of Newcastle. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement and Health Education at the University of Sydney before obtaining her Masters of Education (Physical Education) through the University of New England and a PhD through the University of Newcastle.

The focus of Dr Eather's research is the promotion of physical activity and physical fitness among children, youth, and young adults, and with the development and evaluation of theoretically driven interventions in the school setting.

In addition to her academic achievements, Dr Eather is a current Australian OzTag representative, a former national league netball player and an inspiration to her two adolescent girls.

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Ms Emma Pollock

Ms Emma Pollock

Project Manager

Emma completed her Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle in 2009 and has taught in both primary and high schools.

Since 2012, Emma has been engaged as a project manager on numerous school and community based interventions led by Prof. Morgan and Prof. Lubans, to improve physical activity behaviour in children and adolescents.

Outside of work, Emma is a representative tennis player, experienced and engaging tennis coach, and a role model for positivity and physical activity to her baby niece.

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Ms Kristen Saunders

Ms Kristen Saunders

DADEE Project Team

Kristen has been engaged in Prof. Morgan's team as a Project manager/Senior Research assistant since 2008, working on Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids, SHED-IT and Workplace POWER Men's weight loss programs, and now DADEE. A 'Jill of all trades', Kristen assists with the multitude of tasks behind the scenes which help make DADEE such a success.

Outside of work, Kristen loves to run, bike ride and play sports with her family and role model the values learnt from the DADEE experience to her 3 children.

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Ms Stevie-Lee Kennedy

Ms Stevie-Lee Kennedy

DADEE Project Team

Stevie-Lee has been working with the DADEE team since completing her Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle in 2016. She has also taught in local high schools. 

Stevie-Lee has delivered the DADEE program as a Daughters facilitator since 2016 and is a key DADEE team member, assisting behind the scenes on a multitude of tasks to keep the DADEE project running seamlessly. 

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