Current President

Mai Chin A Paw


I am University Research Chair professor at Amsterdam University Medical Centers. In my research I take a true translational approach from science to society by combining my scientific expertise in human movement science and epidemiology resulting in innovative studies in real-world situations. My research focuses on determinants and health consequences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in youth, with a strong interest in underlying mechanisms and innovations in risk factor research. I am acknowledged for my innovations in methodology (e.g. mediation analyses, participatory action methods with children). Recently I developed novel analytical methods of accelerometer data providing detailed, unique information on SB and PA patterns.I am chair of the section ‘Child Health & Care Research’ and the Academic Collaborative Center ´Child Public Health´, a fruitful collaboration between Amsterdam University Medical Centers and five Municipal Health Services in North-Holland aiming to improve evidence-based Child Health Care practice. In addition, I have been chosen as one of the two program directors of the research program Health Behaviours and Chronic Diseases of the Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute.

I am involved in teaching for students in Medicine, Health Sciences, and Epidemiology. I am member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Past President

Ralph Maddison

Ralph Maddison was elected in 2015-2016 to hold ISBNPA’s President position from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019.
Professor Physical Activity and Disease Prevention
Deakin University
Institute for Physical Activity and Disease Prevention

Jo Salmon

Jo Salmon is an Alfred Deakin Professor, holds a Personal Chair and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Deakin University. Her position is supported by a Principal Research Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. She has published more than 220 peer review papers and has been a Chief Investigator on 24 nationally-funded studies and 12 international studies. Over the last 15 years, her research has involved using cutting edge measurement tools for assessing children’s sitting time and physical activity and examining the cross-sectional and longitudinal influences on these behaviours, and the efficacy of pedagogical and environmental changes in the school and family environments targeting these health behaviours.

Greet Cardon

Greet Cardon is Full Professor at the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences of Ghent University Belgium, where she co-leads the Research group Physical Activity, Fitness and Health. She holds a Master degree in Physical Education and a Master degree in Physical therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Her research focuses on understanding the determinants of physical activity and sedentary behavior, as well as identifying the most effective ways to promote more physical activity and less sitting in different age groups, with a main focus on children and adolescents. She published over 130 international peer-reviewed articles.

Greet Cardon is an investigator in several European Commission projects, including ToyBox, Spotlight and DEDIPAC and in projects funded by the Flemish Government. Next to research she is highly involved in teaching at Ghent University and in getting research findings to actors in the field, by giving workshops and lectures and by participating in several policy related advisory boards. She is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a mother of three, and enjoys travelling and being physically active.

Pedro Teixeira

Pedro Teixeira is Full Professor of Exercise and Health at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics, where he leads the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity (PANO) research group. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. His main research interest is the study of motivational and self-regulatory predictors of healthful eating, physical activity, and weight control. Furthermore, he seeks to apply theory, especially self-determination theory, to the design and testing of behavior change interventions in obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors. He has published 2 books, several book chapters, and over 70 international peer-reviewed articles. Prof. Teixeira has been an investigator in several NIH and European Commission projects, including SPOTLIGHT and EuroFIT (FP7), and he is a PI in the Portuguese National Weight Control Registry and the PESO Study, among other projects. He is an Associate Editor for Obesity Facts, and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, among other journals. He is a father of two, and enjoys being physically active, from leisurely walks to marathoning.

David Crawford

David Crawford served as the President of ISBNPA for the year 2012-2013.

Professor David Crawford is the Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. He has over 30 year experience in population health research, with a focus on the promotion of nutrition and physical activity behaviours. He is interested in understanding the behavioural, social and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity; the epidemiology of overweight and obesity; and the development and evaluation of obesity prevention strategies for children and adults.

Deanna Hoelscher

Deanna Hoelscher served as the President of ISBNPA for the year 2011-2012.

Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is the John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, and Associate Regional Dean for Research at The University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus. Her research interests include child and adolescent nutrition, school-based health promotion programs, dietary assessment methodology, evaluation of child obesity policies, linkages between primary care and public health, and dissemination of school health programs. Dr. Hoelscher was President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).

She is currently principal investigator of the Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (TX CORD) Project funded by the CDC and the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) survey funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services. She has been the principal investigator on many other NIH, RWJF, and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation grants, including the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH), Lunch is in the Bag, and the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation study. She was a reviewer on the Institute of Medicine consensus reports on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States (2010), School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children (2010), and Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way toward Healthier Youth (2007). Dr. Hoelscher was also a member of the IOM committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts.

Dr. Hoelscher received her B.S. in food science and technology from Texas A&M University and her M.A. in nutrition and Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and she is a registered dietitian, licensed in Texas. She is a Fellow of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (FISBNPA).

Knut-Inge Klepp

Professor Klepp is the Director-General of the Public Health Division of the Norwegian Directorate of Health and an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo, where he served as a full professor in public health nutrition in 1996–2006. He had previously been a professor in international health promotion at the University of Bergen, Norway.

He has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, primarily on adolescent health promotion, nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has coordinated and served as investigator on a large number of European Union research projects, and been involved in research on HIV/AIDS prevention and adolescent health in eastern and southern Africa for more than 20 years.

Professor Klepp was recently involved in WHO’s efforts to reduce noncommunicable diseases, and has chaired the WHO/Europe network on reducing marketing pressure on children since 2008. He has chaired the Norwegian National Council on Nutrition and Physical Activity, and research programmes on public health within the Norwegian Research Council. He is a former President of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Stuart Biddle

Stuart Biddle served as the President of ISBNPA for the year 2009-2010.

Stuart Biddle joined ISEAL in 2014 from Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK), where he was Professor of Physical Activity & Health.

Between 2001 and 2007 he was Head of the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough. Stuart’s research focussed initially on the psychology of sport, exercise and physical education with an emphasis on motivation. He now adopts a wider behavioural medicine approach on physical activity and sedentary behaviour with a particular emphasis on the measurement, prevalence, correlates and behaviour change elements of sedentary behaviour (sitting time).

Stuart has been heavily involved with UK guidelines and policy, including heading the initial physical activity guidelines for young people in 1998, being a member of the 2011 guidelines writing group, and chairing the expert group that assessed the evidence on sedentary behaviour. The latter led to the inclusion of sedentary behaviour guidelines for the first time in the UK in 2011. In 2009-10, Stuart was President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). He is a Fellow of ISBNPA, BASES and the UK PE Association, and was the first to be elected to Honorary Membership of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity.

Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij served as the President of ISBNPA for the year 2008-2009.

Prof. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij is full professor at the Department of Movement and Sport Sciences at Ghent University. She is a clinical psychologist and behaviour therapist and obtained a PhD in Health Psychology. Her research topics are the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity, including research on determinants and on developing and evaluating interventions to promote both health behaviours in all ages. Research designs include literature reviews, validation studies, surveys on nutrition and activity habits and their determinants, quasi-experimental designs in schools, and randomized controlled trials to test intervention effects. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij is and has been involved as partner and/or work package leader in various European Commission funded projects including Pro Children, HOPE, ALPHA, TEENAGE, HELENA, IDEFICS, ENERGY and TOY BOX.

Johannes Brug

Johannes Brug served as President of ISBNPA for the year 2007-2008.

Hans joined VUmc in 2007, where he was appointed to the post of director of the EMGO Institute for research into healthcare and health. He combined this work with an appointment as division chairman starting in 2008. In 2012 he was appointed to the post of vice dean at VUmc. Prior to joining VUmc, Hand Brug worked at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, and as the Director of Education at Maastricht University and the Open University of the Netherlands.

Hans studied nutritional sciences and epidemiology, among other subjects. He received his PhD in health sciences from Maastricht University. He has received much international recognition for his scientific work. He served as the president of the international scientific society in nutritional sciences and epidemiology and he has held a visiting professorship at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Kylie Ball

Kylie Ball served as the President of ISBNPA for the year 2006-2007.

Kylie Ball is a NHMRC Principle Research Fellow in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She has more than 14 years’ experience in population health research, with a focus on promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviours and healthy weight among children and adults. She is particularly interested in understanding and modifying the behavioural, social and environmental determinants of body weight and weight-related behaviours, especially amongst women and those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage.

Gaston Godin

Dr Gaston Godin is Canada Research Chair on Behaviour and Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Tier 1), 2004-2011. He is also the principal investigator of several research projects and the scientific director of the research group on behaviour in the field of health. This group has as its unifying research theme, the study of processes of adoption and change of behaviours in the field of health. This group is mainly interested in the investigation of methodological and basic theoretical issues related to the prediction of behaviour in the field of health. He is currently involved in projects investigating the determinants of healthy behaviours (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) in subjects with and without a genetic susceptibility to obesity and the regular practice of physical activity in a cohort of high school adolescents. Gaston Godin received his Ph.D. in Community Health, with an emphasis on behavioural sciences in 1983, from the University of Toronto, Canada. Since then, his research implications have included health promotion and disease prevention initiatives, and the study of behaviours in the field of health (e.g., exercising). Among the well known products of his research program are the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (Godin & Shephard, 1986) and the narrative review of the applications of the Theory of Planned Behaviour to health-related behaviours (Godin and Kok, 1996). With respect to this latter topic, he was one of the first scientists to apply the Theory of Reasoned Action (later to become the Theory of Planned Behavior) to health-related behaviours, especially physical activity. Between 1976 and 1985, Dr Godin was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education (Department of Physical Education) at Laval University. In 1985, he became a Full Professor with the Faculty of Nursing Sciences at the same institution. Over the years, he has also been Visiting Professor on several occasions: at Harvard School of Public Health in the 1987-88 academic year; at the Deprtent of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, in the 1994-95 academic year; at the Department of Psychology, the University of Sheffield, and the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, in the 2002 academic year.

Deborah Bowen

Dr. Bowen is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention
Research Program of the Public Health Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also a Full Professor in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Bowen is currently an investigator in the regional Cancer Prevention Network, focused on community based research on cancer prevention targets, where she chairs the Screening working group. She is also a co-investigator on the regional Native American Community Health Network, a group of investigators and community health experts working to conduct research and training in Native communities in the West. Dr. Bowen is also the principal investigator on a Melanoma study, which adapts a cancer-related behavior change intervention for delivery via the Internet. She has been the principal investigator of several NIH-funded grants involving breast cancer risk communications, including the Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Studies, the RISK study and the WIRES study.
Dr. Bowen has been an investigator in the coordinating centers of three large multi-center prevention trials: the Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET), the Women’s Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations (WHT:FSMP) and the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). In addition, Dr. Bowen has led or participated in numerous community intervention studies that have successfully recruited and maintained advisory committees, including members of the community representing the target audience. She was also the principal investigator for a church-based dietary intervention trial and in that role chaired an advisory committee of local church leaders representing a broad variety of denominations. She also leads the Social and Behavioral Sciences Affinity group at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a group that includes over 20 scientists and associated project staff focused on a wide range of cancer prevention interventions. Dr. Bowen is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Cancer Information Service located at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Ronald Kleinman

Ron Kleinman, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit and Associate Chief of Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA.

He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College, Hartford, CT (1968) and his MD from New York Medical College (1972). He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in NY where he also served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics and completed a fellowship in Developmental Biology. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1981 and has remained there as a member of the faculty since then.

Ron was a basic scientist in the area of gastrointestinal immunology and immune tolerance to enteric antigens for the first 15 years of his career, supported by grants from the NIH and foundations. More recently he has focused on clinical investigation, examining interventions to protect infants and children against diarrheal illness both in developed and developing nations. His major effort during the past 10 years has been to examine the immediate and long term effects of hunger on the psychosocial performance and health of school age children and to determine the value of interventions such as school feeding programs to alleviate hunger. This work has been supported by government, foundation and industry grants.

In addition to his peer reviewed publications, he is the editor of 4 textbooks, has served as Chair of the Committee on Nutrition for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Past President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Tom Baranowski

Tom Baranowski, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and leader of the Behavioral Nutrition group, with the USDA funded Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Tom received his undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University (’68) and his masters (’70) and doctorate (’74) in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. Tom is principal investigator for four currently funded grants and co-investigator on six other funded projects. His funded grants as Principal Investigator include a middle school obesity and diabetes prevention grant from NIDDK, a subcontract to an SBIR grant to develop interactive multimedia for obesity and diabetes prevention for middle school children funded by NIDDK, a 5 A Day and Fit for Life Boy Scout badge project funded by the American Cancer Society, and a grant to investigate the influences on home availability of fruit and vegetables, a major correlate of children’s fruit and vegetable intake, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

He is co-investigator on funded grants to study neighborhood correlates of child physical activity (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation), incentive mechanisms to log onto children’s weight management web sites (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), how fantasy influences change on interactive multimedia for promoting physical activity (funded by the National Cancer Institute), how interactive multimedia can be used to influence parents to provide better foods to their children (funded by the National Cancer Institute), time trends in obesity related dietary practices in the Bogalusa community epidemiology study (funded by the Department of Agriculture), and how families influence young children’s diet (funded by the National Cancer Institute). He is immediate Past President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He is author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed articles, 10 non-peer reviewed articles, 18 book chapters, two editions of a textbook on methods of evaluation for health promotion programs and editor of four special issue volumes.