Leon Straker is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Physiotherapy, focussed on adolescent behaviour and health.
As the Scientific Director of the Raine Study, Leon has fostered longitudinal analysis of behaviour and health data across adolescence, specifically related to trajectories of obesity, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, mental health and musculoskeletal health. He has also led a family-based multi-disciplinary intervention for adolescents who are overweight or obese and led analysis of the work productivity costs of spinal pain and mental ill-health in young people.
Leon will provide support and guidance for data analysis and health pathways analysis in Pathways & Costs. As a member of the Active Healthy Kids Australia Executive, he will also be involved in the translation of WH&Y findings.
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- Straker, L., Harris, C., Oosten, J., & Howie, E. (2018). Mobile technology dominates school children's IT use in an advantaged school community and is associated with musculoskeletal and vision symptoms. Ergonomics, 61(5), 658-669.
- Harris, C., Straker, L., & Pollock, C. (2017). A socioeconomic related 'digital divide' exists in how, not if, young people use computers. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0175011.
- Straker, L., Howie, E., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Gomersall, S., . . . Tomkinson, G. (2016). Nations are failing to meet sedentary behaviour guidelines for children: implications and a way forward. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13, 177-188.
- McVeigh, J., Smith, A., Howie, E., & Straker, L. (2016). Trajectories of television watching from childhood to early adulthood and their association with body composition and mental health outcomes in young adults. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0152879.
- Howie, E., McVeigh, J., Smith, A., & Straker, L. (2016). Organised sport trajectories from childhood to adolescence and health associations. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(7), 1331-1339.