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About Paola Chivers

Dr Chivers' research has focused on investigating physical activity and movement related health outcomes. Her research interests are in the area of child and adolescent health with a particular emphasis on motor control, disability, education and obesity. Her current research interest is in the area of bone mineral density and movement difficulties, specifically Developmental Coordination Disorder. Through these experiences Dr Chivers now provides Research and  Biostatistics training and support to HDR students, staff and research  projects.

Dr Chivers completed her doctoral studies in adolescent obesity working with the internationally renown Raine Study. She utilised epidemiological research methodology exploring causal pathways to obesity using statistical modelling. These investigations identified possible early preventive health measures that could be targeted to reduce the risk of obesity in adolescence.


Professional Affiliations:
The Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) (1992-)
West Australian College of Teaching (2005-)
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2010-)
Developmental Coordination Disorder Network of Western Australia (2014-)
Western Australia Bone Research Collaboration (2016-)

Community Engagement:
Chivers, P. (2015) “How to read and understand research.” The Know Injury Knowledge Exchange. 28-29th October 2015, Perth, Western Australia.
CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program (2011-)
Board Member, Willetton Senior High School (2014-)

Other Professional Activities:
  • Chivers, P., Farringdon, F. (2014). Mixed Messages: Is young people's food intake being affected by confusion over healthy weight and healthy eating messages? School of Health Science Research Seminar, 28 March.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Parker, H., Bulsara, M. (2010). Critical periods for the development of adolescent obesity. Oral presentation at the Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research, Research Seminar, 3 November.
  • Chivers, P. T. (2010). Individual, behavioural and environmental pathways to adolescent obesity. Thesis. The University of Notre Dame. http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/theses.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Parker, H., Bulsara, M. (2009). Individual, behavioural and environmental pathways to healthy weight from birth to adolescence. Oral presentation at the Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research, Research Seminar, 17 December.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Parker, H., Bulsara, M. (2009). Physical Activity and BMI inter-relationships at 14 years. Oral presentation at the Raine Study Scientific Day, 4 December.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Parker, H., Bulsara, M. (2009) Individual, behavioural and environmental pathways to healthy weight from birth to adolescence. Report on Progress. Oral presentation to Raine Study Core Management Meeting. 23 September.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Larkin, D., Parker, H, Rose, E., Kendall, G., Bulsara, M. (2008). Physical Activity, Fitness and Motor Competence. Oral presentation at the Raine Study Scientific Meeting, 28 November.
  • Chivers, P., Hands, B., Parker, H., Bulsara, M. (2008) BMI Modelling. Oral presentation to Telethon Institute for Child and Health Research, Management Committee, 17 September.
 

Positions

Present Lecturer, Research and Biostatistics Officer, The University of Notre Dame Australia Institute for Health Research
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Fresh Science UNDA representative
  • 2015 University of Notre Dame Australia Professional Development Award (ASPIRE Program)
  • 2010 RACGP Best Student Presentation Award, PHCRED Conference

Courses

  • Research methods and Data Analysis
  • Biostatistical Support


Contact Information

Dr Paola Chivers
PhD, GradDipFET, BSc(Hons).
Lecturer, Research & Biostatistics Officer
Phone: 9433 0602


Articles (9)

Conference Papers (1)