President: Ester Cerin

Ester Cerin

Professor Ester Cerin is a Psychologist and Statistician.

Her research interests focus on environmental and psychosocial determinants of lifestyle behaviours and health across the lifespan. She has held substantive academic positions in Australia (University of Queensland and Deakin University), USA (Baylor College of Medicine) and Hong Kong (The University of Hong Kong). She is an Honorary Professorial Fellow of Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong where she was ranked among the top 1% scholars. She is also a Professor in Statistics at Department of Community Medicine of UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Professor Cerin is currently one of the main investigators of two multi-country studies on environmental correlates of physical activity and obesity in adults and adolescents (IPEN Adult and Adolescent studies) funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health and the Principal Investigator of the international Mind, Activities and urban Places (iMAP) and Environment and Pollution On Cognitive Health (EPOCH) studies. She is also co-founder of the International Cognitive Health and the Environment Network (ICHEN), dedicated to facilitating research and advocacy actions for the creation of community environments that support cognitive health. She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IF: 6.714) and Associate Editor of Health & Place (IF: 3.290).

Professor Cerin has authored over 250 scientific articles in high-impact international peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Annual Review of Public Health, BMJ, Journal of Clinical Oncology, International Journal of Obesity, The Lancet and Nature). Since 2010, she has been awarded 32 research grants / fellowships, twelve as Lead Investigator, totalling over $24 million. Bodies that have funded her research include the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), National Institutes of Health (USA), World Cancer Research Fund, UK Research and Innovation, and the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Food and Health Bureau (Hong Kong).Professor Cerin leads the Institute’s Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program with intersecting interests in neighbourhood built environment.


Past President

Seb Chastin // President-Elect
Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Chair, Climate Action Committee, 2022-2023
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2017-2023
  • Chair, Communications Committee, 2017-2022

Delfien Van Dyck
Ghent University

  • ISBNPA Secretary, Executive Committee, 2022-2025
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2019-2022;
  • Member, Finance Committee, 2019-2021; Chair,
  • Sponsorship sub-committee, 2019-2021

Meg Bruening
Penn State University

  • Treasurer, Executive Committee, 2019-2025
  • Member, Sponsorship sub-committee, 2019-2021;
  • Member, Finance Committee, 2019-2021

Scott Duncan
Auckland University of Technology

  • Chair, SIG Committee, 2021-2023
  • Co-chair, Scientific Program Committee 2022-2023
  • Member-at-large, (Representative of Oceania), 2023-2026
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2020-2023

Jenna Hollis
University of Newscatle

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2020-2025
  • Chair, Membership Committee, 2020-2022

Adewale L. Oyeyemi
Arizona State University

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee (Representative of Africa), 2023-2026
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2020-2023

Inês Santos
Universidade de Lisboa

  • Chair, Communications Committee, 2022-2023
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2020-2025
  • Member, Communications Committee, 2018-2021
  • Member, #Dare2Share Committee, 2019-2020
  • Member-at-large, Membership Committee, 2020-2022

Carol Marher
University of South Australia

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2022-2025

Simone Verswijveren
Deakin University

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2024-2027

Andrea Ramirez Varela

University of Texas at Austin

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee,(Representative of Latin America and Caribbean),  2023-2026
Deborah Salvo University of Texas at Austin
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2023-2026

Sarah Shaw
MRC at the University of Cambridge

  • Early Career Researcher Representative, Executive Committee, 2024-2026
  • Student-Representative (Member-at-large), Executive Committee, 2022-2024

Angelica Ochoa-Aviles
Universidad de Cuenca

  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2024-2027

Kylie Wilson
Arizona State University 

  • Student Representative (Member-at-large), Executive Committee, 2024-2026

António L. Palmeira
Universidade Lusófona

  • Newsletter coordinator, 2007-Present
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, 2012-2014
  • Executive Director, 2014-Present