Paul Gardiner is an epidemiologist and behaviour change scientist. He has over 15 years of experience in biomedical, clinical and public health research. He is currently an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow in the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland. His Fellowship focuses on the relationship between prolonged sitting and cognitive function. This is an extension of his PhD work on understanding and influencing sedentary behaviour in older adults. During his PhD he was the first to develop an evaluate an intervention to reduce sitting in older adults and he continues this research through collaborations with colleagues in Australia, Canada and USA.
Other research interests include health expectancies of conditions associated with ageing including frailty, dementia and sarcopenia. He is also involved in the impact of these conditions on health behaviours through trajectory modelling. A recent interest is the use of citizen science to promote active living in older people’s neighbourhood and within the domestic environment.
Paul is currently the President of the Queensland Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and also on the Board of PHAA. He is the founder and co-chair of the Ageing Special Interest Group of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.
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