Student & ECR spotlights – Meet Stephanie Alley, using new technology to promote older adults’ activity

tell us about your career pathway to date (positions and institutes).  

I completed my Bachelor and
Honours degree in Psychological science at LaTrobe University Australia before working
as a research assistant at the Center for Behavioural Research in Cancer at the
Cancer Council Victoria, Australia. Through this position I enjoyed working on
a range of health psychology and public health research projects which lead me
to to do my PhD in physical activity promotion at CQUniversity Australia with
Prof Corneel Vandelanotte. I now work as a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow in
the Physical Activity Research Group at CQUniversity.

How would
you briefly describe your current research/job to someone who is not familiar with
your field of study/work? What is your main research interest? 

I investigate older adults’ physical activity behaviour and
what helps them to become more active. I also evaluate innovative physical
activity programs using new technology (e.g. Fitbits and websites with
personalised behaviour change support) to help older adults lead more active


What are
the main barriers you encounter/experience when conducting research, or what
information/skills do you lack to conduct high quality research?

I am confident
conducting small quality research projects, but would like to improve my skills
on building research collaborations with industry and disseminating my research
to have a positive impact on society.

What could
help you as a student/ECR to further develop/grow in your current position?

Building further
collaborations with researchers with extensive experience in active aging.

What do
you think will be the next most important development in the nutrition and/or
physical activity field? 

Within the e-and m-health special interest
group of ISBNPA and the Physical Activity Research Group where I work, there
has been much discussion about the potential artificial intelligence has in
providing smart, personalised support to help people to improve their health

[email protected] Twitter: @Steph_Alley