MCN Committee Members

Verity Cleland
is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. She is a behavioural epidemiologist, has a background in health promotion, and has main research interests in the individual, social and environmental influences on physical activity. Her work has often focused on groups at high risk of inactivity including women, those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage and rural communities. She is Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council, works closely with local and state authorities and partners, and is passionate about research that can answer important questions of direct relevance to policy and practice.

Trynke Hoekstra is an assistant professor at the Department of Health Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She teaches epidemiology and biostatistics courses on BSc-, MSc and postgraduate level. Her research concerns active lifestyle promotion in clinical rehabilitation among people with physical disabilities or chronic diseases. Additionally, her more methodologically oriented research projects focus on the unraveling of (patient) heterogeneity. Trynke likes to work in multidisciplinary teams and aims to educate her students in becoming critical and constructive academics.

Erica Hinckson is the Head of School of Sport and Recreation, at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She is interested in improving the understanding of the associations, patterns, and effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health across the lifespan within the context of the built environment. Findings from her work are used for submissions, hearings and invited meetings with council, local boards and agencies responsible for neighbourhood and city developments. She serves on the International Physical activity & Environment Network (UCSD) and Global Citizen Science Research Network (Stanford University). She values and encourages personal leadership and caring for one another.

Jinan Banna is Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. She is a registered dietitian, and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her research interest is in obesity prevention and developing tools to assess dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. In addition, her work focuses on aspects of sustainable food systems, such as food waste reduction. Dr. Banna teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels such as Community Nutrition, Concepts in Nutrition Education, and Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition. She recently completed an assignment as a Fulbright Specialist at the Universidad VERITAS in Costa Rica.

Cindy Sit is Associate Professor at the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research areas include investigations of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and assessment of the impact of physical activity interventions on motor skills and psychosocial outcomes of children with and without disabilities. She is a fellow of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA) and the Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science (HKASMSS). As a registered social worker, Cindy is adept at integrating sports science principles with social work philosophy to help children develop their well-being through physical activity.