The Global Network

Nicolas Aguilar-Farias

Nicolas Aguilar-Farias is Assistant professor at the Department of Physical Education, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile where he leads the UFRO Activate Research Group. He holds a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy (UFRO, Chile), Master degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of Queensland, Australia) and PhD (University of Queensland, Australia). Nicolas is leading a range of studies in Chile with focus on improving and evaluating measuring tools for physical activity and sedentary behaviour in different age groups. He is currently measuring determinants of physical activity in children and older adults in ethnically diverse populations in the south of Chile as well as promoting PA in these disadvantaged communities. In the last two years has participated as member of the expert committee in the new Physical Activity recommendations and Physical Activity policy for Chile. He is part of the new board of directors of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH).

Mike Baiocchi

Mike Baiocchi is a health care statistician in Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford School of Medicine. He specializes in creating simple, easy to understand methodologies for causal inference and observational studies. He is particularly interested in interventions that can diffuse (e.g., educational or behavioral programs). His research team is developing, and evaluating, sexual assault prevention programs both in the settlements of Nairobi, Kenya as well as on Stanford campus.

Bonnie Broderick

Bonnie Broderick, RD, MPH, is a Senior Health Care Manager of the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) in the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.  Bonnie has over 20 years of experience in designing, directing programs and implementing environmental change strategies focused on health and wellness.  Known for her vision, leadership and commitment, Bonnie and her team have implemented many successful prevention strategies. They have also created numerous partnerships that have successfully advocated changes to promote healthy, safe, livable communities throughout Santa Clara County.  Bonnie leads and participates in numerous coalitions; work groups and community and education activities to build capacity in prevention related strategies, while integrating health and equity into the framework for social, education and economic change.

Matthew Buman

Matthew Buman, PhD, FACSM is an assistant professor of Exercise Science & Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU). Prior to ASU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Stanford Prevention Research Center working under the mentorship of Abby King. Matt's research interests involve determinants and intervention strategies to improve behaviors across the 24 hours including sleep, sedentary, and more active behaviors. Matt was part of the original design team of the Stanford Neighborhood Discovery Tool and is interested in advance the research evaluation aspects of Citizen Science.

Sebastien Chastin

Sebastien Chastin is a tenured Reader in the Institute of Applied Health Research at Glasgow University and Professor at Ghent University. He received BSc in metrology, a Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and a PhD in Non-linear physics.  He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Previously he had post at the British Antarctic Survey, Oxford and Edinburgh University. His research focusses on dynamics of behavior and compositional analysis applied to human movement behavior and participatory health research. Currently Sebastien heads the sedentary behavior investigations for the European Knowledge hub on Determinants of Diet and Physical activity (DEDIPAC) as well as a large portfolio of projects on the determinants of movement behavior in older adults and clinical populations.

Grace Chou

Yi-Jou Chou is a research associate at Center of Smart Health Care Research at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. She completed her MS of Biomedical Informatics at National Yang-Ming University.From 2011–2015 she worked at SHL Group (Scandinavian Health Limited) to test auto injector and manage schedule of the products and testing. Her research interests include medical informatics, personalized medical care, and medical data analysis.

Ayelet Dagan

Ayelet Dagan is a Project Manager in Health Promotion and Reablement at JDC Israel Eshel and lecturer in Geriatric Physical Education at the Kibbutzim College of Education. Ayelet holds a B.Ed in Physical Education and Movement from the Kibbutzim College of Education and M.A. in Gerontology from Haifa University. Ayelet has over 15 years' experience in developing and implementing community-based health promotion and physical activity programs for older Israelis. For nearly a decade, she has been at the forefront of developing the profession of physical educators for older adults, a new profession in Israel. Ayelet is currently taking part in a process to develop a national sports and physical activity program for older Israelis. 

Daniela Lopes Dos Santos

Daniela Lopes Dos Santos, PhD, is an associate professor and researcher on Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education, in 1989 at the same university, her Master`s Degree in Human Movement Sciences at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in 1994, and her PhD, also in Human Movement Sciences from Federal University of Santa Maria, in 2001. During 2014, she was a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford Prevention Research Center. Head of an interdisciplinary research group, she is the mentor of master`s degree students and junior scientists, studying healthy aging, physical activity and health and the environment influence on healthy behaviors. 

Randi Garber

Randi is currently Area Head, Rehabilitation and Reablement at Eshel - The Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel. Over her three-decade career, Randi has held a variety of positions at the intersection of health, well-being, rehabilitation and function. She has worked in clinical, managerial, research and development capacities with people of all ages from early infancy to the elderly. Previous professional experiences include: Developmental Physical Therapist and Assistant Director, Child Development Center; Director, JDC-Middle East Program; Area Head, Health Promotion, JDC Unlimited (Division for People with Disabilities) and Area Head, Health and Wellbeing, Eshel. Randi holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Health from Clark University (MA) and a BSc in Health Science and Physical Therapy from Hunter College (NY).

Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner is an epidemiologist and behaviour change scientist with over 15 years research experience. He is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at The University of Queensland. His Fellowship focuses on relationships of prolonged sitting with cognitive function. With Australian and international colleagues, he develops programs to reduce prolonged sitting in older adults and people with chronic conditions. Other research interests include investigating conditions associated with ageing, e.g. frailty, via estimations of health expectancies and trajectory modelling. More recently he is using citizen science to promote active living with older people.

Peter Gelius

Peter Gelius is a lecturer and research associate at the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU). He received his education at FAU and at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from FAU. Since 2008, he has been part of the Division of Physical Activity and Public Health (Prof. Dr. Alfred Rütten) at the ISS. Since 2014, he has also been a team member of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity and Public Health at the ISS. In 2014, he worked as a consultant at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark, supporting the development of the WHO European Physical Activity Strategy. He has been involved in the scientific coordination of several multi-national research projects funded by the European Commission, as well as in projects funded by the German Federal Government and the Bavarian State Government. 

Carmen Harris

Prior to joining GirlTrek, Carmen served over 10 years in the federal government as an Epidemiologist and Health Scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Division of Diabetes Translation, and Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. While at the CDC, Carmen was responsible for assessing the number of adults who meet federal physical activity guidelines and developing innovative strategies and approaches to reduce obesity, prevent diabetes and heart disease, and increase physical activity rates among U.S. adults and youth. Most recently, Carmen served as Manager of Innovation and Partnerships for the non-profit, research arm of America’s Essential Hospitals where she was responsible for cultivating private and public partnerships to improve population health outcomes of America's most vulnerable populations.

Erica Hinkson

Assistant Professor Erica Hinckson is the co-director of the Centre for Child Health Research, National Institute of Mental and Public Health and member of the Human Potential Centre at AUT, Auckland, New Zealand. Taking a socio-ecological approach, she is primarily focused on understanding the associations, patterns, causes and effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health across the lifespan. She studies these relationships within the context of the physical environment. She has been involved in large national, and regional projects and she is active internationally with key groups. She is on the steering committee for IPEN-Adolescents, on the executive committee for the Council of Environment and Physical Activity and invited member of Citizen Science Global Network and Citizen Science Leadership Task Force. In collaboration with leading researchers nationally and internationally has attracted funding of ~NZ$6.0M. 

Alice Kawaguchi

Alice Kawaguchi is Health Program Specialist for Active and Safe Communities in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Center of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. She manages programs supporting active transportation (walking, bicycling, and transit use) and traffic related injury prevention including the County’s Safe Routes to School program. Alice has a Master’s degree in Public Health, is a certified bicycling instructor, and a Registered Dietitian.

Diane King

Diane King is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds a faculty appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Public Policy. Dr. King received her Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Science from the University of Colorado Denver. Before joining CBHRS in 2011, Dr. King was a researcher at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Her research interests include studying the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based programs, practices and policy changes, within community and healthcare settings to promote population health through behavior change. Dr. King is also engaged in research to promote healthy aging. 

Estelle "Vicki" Lambert

Estelle (Vicki) Lambert is the Director of UCT Research Centre on Health through Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Sport (HPALS), professor and head of the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), in the Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Cape Town. She is actively involved in research on physical activity, obesity and health, particularly in the Global South and in underserved communities. She regularly serves as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) on issues related to the Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, and Developing a Global Physical Activity Plan for Health.  She served on the executive council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (2012-2016). At present, she is the chairperson of the global advocacy movement for physical activity, Agita Mundo, and the first chair-person of the African Physical Activity Network (2007-2013), representing more than 10 countries.   She is the in-country principal investigator (PI) for the NIH-funded, Modelling the Epidemiological Transition study (METS), the co-principal investigator for World Diabetes Foundation-funded, school-based intervention, Health Kick, as well as the South African PI for the ISCOLE study (International Study on Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and Environment).  She is presently the PI of the STOP-SA Study (Slow, Stop or Stem the Tide of Obesity in the People of South Africa).  She recently served on the South African Department of Health National Obesity Task Force, the end result of which was the Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Obesity in South Africa, 2015-2020. She has also been the lead researcher for the Healthy Active Kids South Africa Report Card consensus and advocacy initiative, having produced a report card in 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2016.  From 2015-2017, she has coordinated and evaluated a health promotion project, in conjunction with the Western Cape Department of Health (Western Cape on Wellness!, WoW!), between the Universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town and Stellenbosch. 

Yan Min

Yan Min, MB, MA, is a first year master student in Epidemiology at Stanford. Yan obtained her Bachelor of Medicine from Peking University Health Science Center, and Master of Arts in health policy from Stanford. Her previous research was focused on health inequity, population aging and long-term care insurance in developing countries.  Yan has worked in the WHO Department of Healthcare System Financing, where she looked at long-term care insurance programs and analysis of healthcare system efficiencies within 8 Asian Countries. In 2014, she joined Stanford as a full time researcher working on the WELL for Life (WELL) Project. During the past 2 years, she helped to established the WELL bio-bank and cohort platform in China, which has recruited >3,000 participants and is still actively recruiting. She is leading the WELL-China Microbiome Study and Epigenetic Study.  

Der Ming Liou

Der-Ming Liou is Vice Superintendent of the Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, where he also serves as Professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration and Medical Information.  He studied at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University, and completed his PhD at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His current areas of research include medical informatics, electronic health records systems, and telemedicine.

Felipe Montes Jimenez

Felipe Montes is an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Prior to joining the department, Dr. Montes has been the Director for Quality Assurance for Higher Education at the Ministry of National Education of Colombia. Dr. Montes is interested in contributing to improving public health and higher education indicators of Colombia by modeling populations as complex systems using data analytics and mathematical simulations, specially by applying network science. He has been a visiting researcher at the Complexity Lab- University de Barcelon and at the Biostatistics Department- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he has developed social network analyses to potentiate public health interventions with spill-over effects. 

Feyisayo Odunitan-Wayas

Odunitan-Wayas obtained her PhD in Food Security at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has background in Agriculture and Food Security. Her previous research focused on the utilisation of provitamin A biofortified maize in indigenous chickens to alleviate vitamin A deficiency, especially among the resource-poor communities. Her research interests are sustainable interventions in curbing obesity and food insecurity, especially in resource-poor communities. Dr Odunitan-Wayas is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. She is currently examining the association of food environment and individual-related factors as drivers of obesity and food insecurity in obesogenic settings with community ethnography, intercept interviews and Citizen Science using the Discovery Tool for health-related interventions.

Kufre Joseph Okop

Kufre  Okop (PhD) is a researcher and monitoring & evaluation specialist. He holds a Masters and Doctoral degrees in Public Health. He is a research fellow with the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa and a Post-Doctoral Research fellow with the Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, in the Department of Human Biology of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.  His current fellowship focuses on ecological drivers of obesity and food insecurity in settings undergoing nutrition and epidemiologic transitions; community ethnography to understand food and neighborhood environments and social mobilization for health. Dr Okop has designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation of large-scale comprehensive HIV/AIDS interventions in Nigeria, and has learnt and utilized proven strategies to engage with relevant stakeholders at community, regional and national levels on program implementation and evaluation. More recently, he provides technical support on Citizen Science research to promote active living and improve access to healthy food in resource-poor communities in Cape Town. 

Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and Director of the Centre on Aging, at the University of Manitoba. She received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research broadly falls within the area of mobility and aging- more specifically she has studied exercise and aging, as well as older drivers. She has been and continues to be engaged in several boards, locally, provincially and nationally (in Canada) such as the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba, and the Transportation Options Network for Seniors. 

Alfred Rütten

Alfred Rütten is director of the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) and head of the Division of Public Health and Physical Activity, at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Since 2014, he has also been director of the first WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity and Public Health in Europe. He received his Ph.D. in political science, sociology and sport science from RWTH Aachen University and his habilitation in sport science from the University of Stuttgart. Alfred Rütten has led several cross-national research and development projects on behalf of the European Commission and WHO. In 2015, he and his team conducted several reviews supporting the development of the new WHO Physical Activity Strategy for the European Region and the German National Recommendations for Physical Activity. Since 2014, he has also been the coordinator of a BMBF-funded research network on capabilities for active lifestyle and interactive knowledge-to-action – Capital4Health.  Rütten is a leading national expert on integrated planning and local sport development and has coordinated planning processes in multiple municipalities and regions, including the Frankfurt/Main metropolitan area. 

Deborah Salvo

Deborah Salvo is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), School Of Public Health (UTSPH - Austin). She is also an Adjunct Researcher and Faculty Member at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP). Dr. Salvo joined UTSPH in January, 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Prior to this, she worked as a Biomedical Research Associate at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Nutrition and Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Public Health track) from Emory University in 2013, and served as the Co-Principal Investigator for the IPEN study in Mexico (IPEN: International Physical Activity Environment Network). Her research interests include understanding the context-specific relations between physical activity and the built environment; documenting and ameliorating spatial health disparities; and using and improving objective measures to quantify physical activity and built environment features. 

Olga L. Sarmiento

Olga L. Sarmiento is an Associate Professor of the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). In 2011 she received the Honorary Distinction from The National Institute of Sports in Colombia for the academic work towards promoting healthy behaviors in Colombia. In 2015 received the honorary distinction from the Institute of Sports and Recreation from Bogota for the academic work towards the evaluation of the Recreovia and Ciclovia programs. Her current research interests include physical activity, nutrition and built environment among the populations of children and adults in Latin America. She is the PI from Colombia of the IPEN project. She is the PI from Colombia of the project ISCOLE. She is the PI of the natural experiment Al Ritmo de las Comunidades and the study of the evaluation of the Ciclovía of Bogotá. She is the director of the physical activity component of the Colombian National Survey of Nutrition. She is the PI of the research project Nuestra Voz en la Ciclovia Colombia that uses as the Citizen Science framework.

Margaret Schneider

Margaret Schneider, PhD., is a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, Department of Planning, Policy and Design, School of Social Ecology. Dr. Schneider has been active as a community-based researcher in disease prevention and health promotion since she was a student intern with the Stanford Center for Disease Prevention in 1985. Her research primarily focuses on the environmental, social, and psychobiological influences on adolescent physical activity. Funded by the NIH for the past 20 years, recent work investigates how individual differences in affective experience predict physical activity behavior. She also directs the Evaluation for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at UCI. 

Rebecca Seguin

Rebecca Seguin, PhD, CSCS, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition (Tufts University) and holds an M.S. and B.S. in Nutrition Communications and Exercise Physiology, respectively. Dr. Seguin’s primary research is in the area of community-based exercise and nutrition interventions and dissemination research targeting obesity and chronic disease prevention through behavior change, civic engagement, and local policy initiatives. Her work is largely focused on underserved populations and areas, including low-income families, older adults, and rural communities. She aims to understand how people’s social, food, and physical activity environments influence short and long-term behavior change and related outcomes, as well as to evaluate intervention cost effectiveness. 

Afroditi Stathi

Dr Afroditi Stathi is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Physical Activity, Ageing and Health at the University of Bath, UK. Afroditi’s research interests cover the promotion of active ageing and the development of lifestyle interventions targeting lifelong health and well-being. She currently leads Project REACT, a full-scale pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research.  Afroditi’s research is firmly based on public engagement and multidisciplinary partnerships. Externally Afroditi is a member of the International Citizen Science Leadership Task Force, Trustee in the Golden Oldies Charitable Trust and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science. 

Camilo Andres Triana Reyes

Dr. Triana is a physician from Universidad de los Andes. He has great interest on researchs about health promotion and prevention. He has collaborated in studies that evaluated the Ciclovía like an attractive program to promove physical activity. Currently participates in the analysis of the National Survey of the Nutritional Situation 2015 (ENSIN) and is the coordinator of the Our Voice project from Bogotá, Colombia.  as well as to evaluate intervention cost effectiveness. 

Anthony Tuckett

Anthony Tuckett undertakes health services research (HSR) and is interested in how social factors, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect health care and the quality of health care, and ultimately health and well-being. HSR domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations. He is particularly interested in population aging and the role that older people as citizen scientists can play in changing their world. 

Andrea Wolff 

Andrea Rivka Wolff is a research associate at the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU). She received her education at FAU. She holds a Diploma in Social Science from FAU. Since 2008, she has been part of the Division of Physical Activity and Public Health (Prof. Dr. Alfred Rütten) at the ISS. Her research interests include physical activity promotion at the local, regional, and national level, and community-based approaches to physical activity promotion. She is involved in the scientific coordination of several research projects, e.g. the transfer and dissemination of BIG projects (Movement as Investment for Health - physical activity promotion among women in difficult life situations) and the GESTALT project (dementia prevention through physical activity among older people).