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Associate Professor Melinda Craike

BHons (Leis Mgt), PhD Griffith

Senior Lecturer, College of Sport and Exercise Science

Dr Craike is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science, and the Research Foci leader for Movement for Healthy Communities in the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL).

Melinda’s program of research focuses on improving population health through physical activity. Her work explores the determinants and outcomes of participation in physical activity in both community and clinical populations. Dr Craike has a particular interest in research translation and has partnered with government, the health care sector, and community organisations to improve population health outcomes.

Dr Craike has expertise in applying a comprehensive range of research methods and designs in her research. These include:

  • randomised controlled trials
  • quantitative cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys
  • qualitative interviews and focus groups
  • retrospective audits
  • secondary analysis of datasets
  • systematic reviews.

Her recent research includes interventions to improve physical activity and quality of life among prostate cancer survivors; understanding factors that influence adolescent female’s participation in physical activity; and factors important to translating interventions to improve physical activity during pregnancy.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Craike, M., Gaskin, C.J., Courneya, K.S. Fraser, S.F., Salmon, J., Owen, P., Broadbent, S., & Livingston, P.M. (2016). Predictors of adherence to a 12-week exercise program among men treated for prostate cancer: ENGAGE study. Cancer Medicine DOI: doi: 10.1002/cam4.639

Livingston, P.M., Craike, M., Salmon, J., Courneya, K.S., Gaskin, C.J., Fraser, S.F., Mohebbi, M., Broadbent, S., Botti, M., Kent, B. & the ENGAGE Uro-Oncology Clinicians' Group (2015). Effects of a clinician referral and exercise program for men who have completed active treatment for prostate cancer: a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial [ENGAGE]. Cancer 121(15):2646-54.

Young, J.A., Symons, C.M., Pain, M.D., Harvey, J.T., Eime, R.M., Craike, M.J. & Payne, W.R. (2015). Role models of Australian female adolescents: A longitudinal study to inform programs designed to increase physical activity and sport participation. European Physical Education Review. Published online 7 April 2015.

Spellman, C., Craike, M., & Livingston, P.M. Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of clinicians in promoting physical activity to prostate cancer survivors. (2014). Health Education Journal. 73(5), 566-575. Doi:10.1177/0017896913508395 (IF 0.821; SJR Ranking: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health 318/460 Q3)

Craike, M., Polman, R., Eime, R., Symons, C., Harvey, J., & Payne, W. (2014).  Associations between behavior regulation, competence, physical activity and health for adolescent females. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(2):410-8.

Conference presentations

Livingston PM, Craike M, Salmon J, Courneya K, Gaskin C, Fraser S, Mohabi M, , Broadbent S, Botti M Kent B, & ENGAGE Uro-Oncology Clinicians’ Group.  Effects of a clinician referral and exercise program for men who have completed active treatment for prostate cancer: a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial [ENGAGE]. 2014 World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Asia-Pac J Clin Oncol 2014; 10 (Suppl. 9), 161.

Livingston PM, Craike M, Salmon J, Courneya K, Gaskin C, Fraser S, Mohabi M, Botti M, Broadbent S, Kent B. Effects of a clinician referral and exercise program for men who have completed active treatment for prostate cancer: a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial [ENGAGE]. ANZUP Cancer Trials Group; Melbourne, 2014.

Hose K, Craike M, Courneya K, Harrison, S., Livingston P. What factors would influence whether a person with multiple myeloma would participate in a physical activity program? HAA 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, 2014.

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Sawyer, N., Craike, M., Symons, C., Polman, R., Payne, W. Female adolescent participation in sport and physical activity: Where and when are the declines? International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Austin, Texas, USA. 2012.

Polman, R., Symons, C., Eime, R., Harvey, J., Craike, M., Banting, L., Payne, W.  Female adolescents body image perceptions, physical activity levels, health and behavioural regulation: Age and regional influences.  British Psychological Society Annual Conference. Longdon, UK, 2012.

View more of Melinda's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Teaching responsibilities

Coordination

Unit coordination

  • AHE1105 Research Methods for Exercise Professionals
  • AHE3125 Applied Exercise Psychology
  • SMG7240 Behavioural Aspects of Active Living
  • SMG7340 Active Living Programs

Stream coordination

  • Active Living stream of HMPG Master of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living)

Research grants

Craike  MJ (AI). ‘Improving quality of life outcomes for people with multiple myeloma’. Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) Seeding Grant. Deakin University. 2011. $17,459. (Grant No. 2011-07-002)

Craike, M.J. (PI): An In-Depth Analysis of Factors that Influence Physical Activity Participation for Survivors of Prostate Cancer. Deakin University Faculty Development Grant. 2008, $11,000

Areas of expertise

  • Physical activity determinants and outcomes

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5659