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In the last few decades, governmental and other funding agencies have prioritized the development, piloting and evaluation of evidence-based public health programs, including those focused on healthy nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Despite evidence for the positive impact of such programs, and the increasing recognition of the importance of robust process evaluations within trials, there is less evidence for program effectiveness at scale and little evidence about successful scale-ups and sustained implementation.


There appears to be a gap between the development of efficacious interventions and their wide scale uptake and sustainability in practice. With the public health impact of these programs dependent on implementation on a wider scale, it is timely to develop multi-disciplinary, international and collaborative forum for researchers which combines the expertise of relevant behavioural, physical activity, nutrition, policy and sociological disciplines. Implementation science in the field of physical activity, nutrition and sedentary behaviours is relatively new and set to grow as the need to understand how implementation, scalability and sustainability can be promoted and evaluated.


The SIG aims to build a multidisciplinary community of ISBNPA members interested in Implementation Science related to nutrition, promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.

This SIG will:

  • provide a platform to discuss, disseminate evidence and promote networking and collaboration on issues related to implementation and translation research;
  • support efforts which aim to assist translation of research into practice and policy by moving from research ideas, through feasibility/piloting and randomised controlled trials to widespread real world implementation and translation trials;
  • support efforts which aim to assist more standardized implementation evaluation and how to measure degree of implementation and sustainability;
  • offer professional support through exchanging information about relevant conferences, seminars and workshops.

The SIG will communicate with members via email, through the ISBNPA newsletters, social media and also via a face-to-face meeting at the ISBNPA Annual Scientific Meeting. Documentation will be exchanged through a Dropbox communications folder (key references, funding calls, members interested in collaborations).

SIG Team

(photos represent the names below, ordered clockwise)

Dr. Nicole Nathan (SIG Co-chair)

Health Promotion Research Practioner, Hunter New England Population Health; Lecturer  at the University of Newcastle, Australia

Implementation and scalability research interest

For more than 15 years, Nicole has led the implementation and evaluation of Australia’s largest population-wide child obesity prevention services and research trials in community settings, primarily within schools, where she has developed and managed an integrated model of research and practice, to improve the delivery and impact of obesity prevention services at scale.

Contact: [email protected] 

Dr. Erin Hennessy (SIG Co-chair)

Assistant Professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Nutrition Interventions, Communications, and Behavior Change at Tufts University, USA.

Implementation and scalability research interest

Erin is interested in implementation of community-based behavior change interventions. She has led the implementation and dissemination of several health promotion programs. 

Contact: [email protected] 

Dr Taren Swindle (Past-Chair) 

Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Implementation and scalability research interest

Taren is interested in increasing adoption of evidence-based practices and interventions in community settings. She currently has funded projects to develop and test implementation strategies for nutrition promotion in Head Start, deimplementation of detrimental feeding practices in childcare, translation of clinical exercise protocols for expecting women to the community, and designing a physical activity intervention for children born to mothers of excess weight. Across projects, she has an interest in studying fidelity/adaptation and sustainability. 

Contact: [email protected]; @taren_swindle


Dr Femke van Nassau (SIG Founder and Past-Chair) 

Researcher, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health research institute at the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, The Netherlands. 

Implementation and scalability research interest

Femke’s expertise includes implementation research, process evaluation, determinants of implementation, fidelity vs. adaptations, measurement of sedentary and physical activity behaviour, and intervention development Femke is currently involved in several lifestyle promotion projects in different settings (schools, workplace, football clubs, community, and clinical setting) most of stem with a strong implementation focus.

Contact: [email protected]; @femkevnvn

Dr Patti-Jean Naylor (Past Chair) 

Professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria, Canada. 

Implementation and scalability research interest

PJ’s work has focused on evaluating implementation of interventions in the ‘real world’ both before and after scale-up. Most notable is that PJ worked alongside Drs. Heather McKay and Louise Masse to study implementation after the scale-up of Action Schools! BC – a comprehensive school health based multi-component intervention to enhance physical activity and healthy eating in elementary schools. PJ has also been involved in the scale-up of healthy eating interventions in municipal recreation facilities across Canada and in the scale-up of interventions for early year’s settings.

Contact: [email protected]

Dr. Elaine Murtagh (SIG Officer)

Senior Lecturer,  Athena SWAN Project Director at Mary Immaculate College | University of Limerick

Implementation and scalability research interest

Elaine’s work focusses on developing and evaluating programmes to increase physical activity in children and adults. She has a particular interest in addressing physical inactivity in adolescent girls and using family-based intervention approaches.  Elaine is interested in the full cycle of intervention development, from formative research to feasibility testing, to evaluation and implementation/dissemination.

Contact: [email protected] 

Dr. Lisa Moran (SIG Officer)

Associate Professor, Monash University

Implementation and scalability research interest

Lisa’s is a research dietitian and research interests include the assessment and management of obesity-related health for women. Her work includes translation of evidence-based guidelines for women’s health into clinical and community models of care.

Contact: [email protected] 

Dr. Jannah Jones (SIG Officer)

Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Jannah works to improve the health of young children through the implementation and scale up of effective policy and practice change interventions delivered in community settings.

Contact: [email protected] 

Dr. Rachel Sutherland (SIG Officer)

Health Promotion Research Practitioner, Hunter New England Population Health; Medical Research Future Fund Investigator Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia

Implementation and scalability research interest
Rachel’s work focuses on preventing chronic disease, particularly preventing excessive weight gain and obesity through implementing nutrition and physical activity interventions in primary and secondary school settings and evaluating methods of implementing evidence-based programs at scale.

Contact: [email protected]  

Matthew ‘Tepi’ McLaughlin (SIG  Officer) 

Senior Research Officer at Telethon Kids Institute, Australia.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Tepi is a passionate advocate for healthier and more liveable communities. His work focuses on improving children’s physical activity levels, health and development through investigating environments, policies and programs to facilitate physically active lifestyles for lifelong health and wellbeing.

Contact: [email protected]; @HealthTepi

Dr Chris Pfledderer (SIG Officer) 

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health, USA.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Chris’ expertise relates to school-based physical activity promotion, optimization and scale-up of childhood obesity-related interventions, and rural health promotion.

Contact: [email protected]; @chrispfledderer

Dr Karen Lee (SIG Officer) 

Research Fellow Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Karen’s research interests are implementation, scale up and evaluation of chronic disease prevention, obesity prevention and physical activity programs, especially improving scaling up decisions and processes to deliver population health benefits.

Contact: [email protected]; @karen_c_lee

Dr Bailey Houghtaling (SIG Officer) 

Research Scientist at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech, USA.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Bailey is focused on mixed methods and implementation science alongside health equity and food and nutrition policy, systems and environmental changes. Her interests also include the influence of context on program adoption, implementation and sustainability.

Contact: [email protected]

Dr Gabriela Argumedo (SIG Officer) 

Researcher at the Department of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles National Institute of Public Health, Mexico.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Gaby’s interest is in physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviour in children and youth, specifically health promotion and health literacy in school settings.

Contact: [email protected]; @GabyArgumedoG

Lauren von Klinggraeff (SIG Student Officer) 

PhD Student at the University of South Carolina, USA.

Implementation and scalability research interest
Lauren is pursuing a PhD in Exercise Science. Her PhD project focuses on determining the best methods for scaling up health interventions to advance cardiovascular disease prevention.

Contact: [email protected]; @Lauren_vonK