Okely, Anthony D. Senior Professor

Director of Research

  • Director of Research - Early Start Research 2015 - 2018

Overview


Anthony (Tony) Okely is a Senior Professor and Director of Research at Early Start at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has been awarded over $11 Million in competitive funding, and published around 200 peer-reviewed journal articles that have been cited more than 10,000 times.

Tony’s research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and motor development in children.

Tony led the research team that developed and recently updated the Australian Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years, and the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Young People. He is also part of the Guideline Development Group for the upcoming WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours in children under 5 years of age.

He is leading a proposed international surveillance study of 24-hour movement behaviours in the early years (called SUNRISE) which will involve around 25 countries, more than half of which are either low- or middle-income according to the UN Human Development Index.

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  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services Tonge, Karen
    Doctor of Philosophy SITTING TIME IN YOUNG CHILDREN AT CHILDCARE: Prevalence, health consequences, and intervention effects Ellis, Yvonne
    Doctor of Philosophy Evidence Based technology-mediated professional learning package for Early Childhood Education and Care addressing physical activity and nutrition behaviours of young children Peden, Michele
    Doctor of Philosophy Time2bHealthy: The effect of an online behaviour change program for parents of preschool- aged children Hammersley, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy A Sports-Based Family Intervention to Promote Mental Health among Adolescent males. Hurley, Diarmuid
    Doctor of Philosophy Infant behaviour and development - tummy time Hewitt, Lyndel
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Impact of the Spatial Environment on Adolescents - Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Cognition within the High School Environment. Kariippanon, Katharina
    Doctor of Philosophy Relationships between gross motor skills and health and developmental outcomes in young children. Kazmierska-Kowalewska, Kalina
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of Reduced Sitting on Toddlers, Cardiovascular Health; A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. De Sousa Rodrigues de Sa, Eduarda Manuela
    Doctor of Philosophy Measurement, Levels, Patterns and Correlates of Sedentary Behaviour in Toddlers and Pre-schoolers. Rodrigues Pereira, Joao Rafael
    Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Features, Quality of the Childcare Practices and Adiposity in Toddlers Zhang, Zhiguang
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring changes in non-organised physical activity participation from childhood to adolescence: an interdisciplinary approach Kemp, Byron
    Doctor of Philosophy 24-hour movement behaviours across the primary-secondary school transition: Associations with physical and psychosocial health in preadolescent children Chong, Kar-Hau
    Doctor of Philosophy Fine motor skill acquisition in the early years: Understanding children’s progression and supporting development Strooband, Karel
    Doctor of Philosophy Healthy Eating and Active Play in Family Day Care Kerr, Erin

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • R-1679-2018

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Investigator On


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services Tonge, Karen
    Doctor of Philosophy SITTING TIME IN YOUNG CHILDREN AT CHILDCARE: Prevalence, health consequences, and intervention effects Ellis, Yvonne
    Doctor of Philosophy Evidence Based technology-mediated professional learning package for Early Childhood Education and Care addressing physical activity and nutrition behaviours of young children Peden, Michele
    Doctor of Philosophy Time2bHealthy: The effect of an online behaviour change program for parents of preschool- aged children Hammersley, Megan
    Doctor of Philosophy A Sports-Based Family Intervention to Promote Mental Health among Adolescent males. Hurley, Diarmuid
    Doctor of Philosophy Infant behaviour and development - tummy time Hewitt, Lyndel
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Impact of the Spatial Environment on Adolescents - Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Cognition within the High School Environment. Kariippanon, Katharina
    Doctor of Philosophy Relationships between gross motor skills and health and developmental outcomes in young children. Kazmierska-Kowalewska, Kalina
    Doctor of Philosophy Effects of Reduced Sitting on Toddlers, Cardiovascular Health; A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. De Sousa Rodrigues de Sa, Eduarda Manuela
    Doctor of Philosophy Measurement, Levels, Patterns and Correlates of Sedentary Behaviour in Toddlers and Pre-schoolers. Rodrigues Pereira, Joao Rafael
    Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Features, Quality of the Childcare Practices and Adiposity in Toddlers Zhang, Zhiguang
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring changes in non-organised physical activity participation from childhood to adolescence: an interdisciplinary approach Kemp, Byron
    Doctor of Philosophy 24-hour movement behaviours across the primary-secondary school transition: Associations with physical and psychosocial health in preadolescent children Chong, Kar-Hau
    Doctor of Philosophy Fine motor skill acquisition in the early years: Understanding children’s progression and supporting development Strooband, Karel
    Doctor of Philosophy Healthy Eating and Active Play in Family Day Care Kerr, Erin

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • R-1679-2018
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