Prof Ester Cerin - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Professor Ester Cerin is a health psychologist and statistician. Her research interests focus on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours (physical activity and diet) and health across the lifespan.

Professor Cerin is a member of the Executive Committees, the chief analyst and one of the main investigators of two multi-country studies on environmental correlates of physical activity and obesity in adults and adolescents (IPEN Adult and Adolescent studies) funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA). She holds an ARC Future Fellowship on urban design and active ageing and is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health. She leads the Institutea??s research program on the neighbourhood built environment, physical activity and cognitive health. She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.


Phone :8260 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Physical Activity ; Statistics ; Built environment ; Cognitive health ; Psychosocial determinants of health behaviour ;

Methods Expertise

Design and analysis of observational studies ; Spatial regression models ; Psychometrics ; Dynamic linear models ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


Neighborhood environments and objectively measured physical activity in 11 countries. , in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(12), 2253-2264.


Reliability and validity of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire a?? Long Form in a sample of Hong Kong urban older adults: does neighborhood of residence matter?, in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, 402-420.


Statistical approaches to testing the relationships of the built environment with resident-level physical activity behavior and health outcomes in cross-sectional studies with cluster sampling., in Journal of Planning Literature, 26, 151-167.


Perceived barriers to leisure-time physical activity in adults: An ecological perspective. , in Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 451-459.


A commentary on current practice in mediating variable analyses (MVA) in behavioral nutrition and physical activity. , in Public Health Nutrition, 12, 1182-1188.


Recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity: An analysis of moderators and self-efficacy as a mediator, in Health Psychology, 27(2S), S126-S135


Small-scale randomized controlled trials need more powerful methods of mediational analysis than Baron and Kenny's., in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 59, 457-464.

Neighborhood environment walkability scale: validity and development of a short form., in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38, 1682-1691.


Levels of physical activity for colon-cancer prevention compared to generic public health recommendations: Population prevalence and socio-demographic correlates, in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 14, 1000-1002.