Board of Directors

Dr. Bronwyn K. Clark

Dr. Bronwyn K. Clark

PRESIDENT

School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr. Bronwyn Clark is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the School of Population Health based at Herston. She was awarded her PhD on the topic of measurement of adults’ sedentary behaviour in May 2012. Since that time she has worked as a part-time research fellow focussing on measures of sedentary behaviour and the quality of these measures for health behaviour and epidemiological studies.

Professor Alan Donnelly

Professor Alan Donnelly

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland

Professor Donnelly teaches the undergraduate programmes of Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, and taught postgraduate programmes in Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Professor Malcolm Granat

Professor Malcolm Granat

PAST PRESIDENT

School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Malcolm Granat is a Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Salford. He is engaged in research looking at the quantification of free-living physical behaviours in a range of populations and conditions.

Dr. Martina Mancini

Dr. Martina Mancini

SECRETARY

Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Neurology and Balance Disorders Laboratory

Martina Mancini is Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Neurology, and co-director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory. She is a bioengineer focusing on using technologies to characterize movement and brain activity to determine the role of the central nervous system in integrating sensory information in individuals with movement or cognitive impairments. 

Dr. Karin Allor Pfeiffer

Dr. Karin Allor Pfeiffer

TREASURER

Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Karin Pfeiffer is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty in the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Pfeiffer’s main areas of expertise are in measurement of physical activity and interventions to increase physical activity. Most of her work in both areas involves pediatric populations.

Dr. Miriam Cabrita

Dr. Miriam Cabrita

COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR

Innovation Sprint, the Netherlands

Miriam Cabrita is a biomedical engineer by background and currently a researcher at a R&D company in the field of digital therapeutics. Miriam’s research focuses on exploring the use of mobile technology in the measurement, understanding, and coaching of physical activity in daily life to design personalized strategies for the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Dr. Sarah Keadle

Dr. Sarah Keadle

BOARD MEMBER

Department of Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Dr. Sarah Keadle is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University. Her research interests are examining the dose-response relationship between physical activity, sedentary behavior and cancer prevention and understanding the impact of different measurement tools on the interpretation of these relationships.

 

Professor Jorunn Helbostad

Professor Jorunn Helbostad

BOARD MEMBER

Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Jorunn L Helbostad is physiotherapist by background and holds a professor position at the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is leading the cross disciplinary research network, Human Motor Control, as part of NTNUs thematic area of priority Medical Technology. Her research focuses on movement disorders, gait and balance disorders, and falls in older persons, as well as on assessment of gait and physical activity by use of body worn sensors.

Dr. Dinesh John

Dr. Dinesh John

BOARD MEMBER

Northeastern University, USA

Dr. Dinesh John is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University and his research involves the application of wearable sensors to measure and modify physical behavior. A degree in exercise physiology combined with an in-depth understanding of sensor function, sensor signal response to human movement and physiology, and signal processing, places him uniquely at the intersection of technology and lifestyle disease prevention. This has enabled him to pursue novel applications of technology in health through collaborative work with scientists from diverse fields such as engineering computer science, behavior change psychology, and public health. 

Professor Jeff Hausdorff

Professor Jeff Hausdorff

BOARD MEMBER

Movement Disorders Unit at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC), Israel

For the past twenty years, Dr. Hausdorff has studied neurodynamics and the application of statistical physics to the study of gait, heart rate dynamics, and brain function, with a special focus on gait variability, “fractal” physiology, and falls in older adults and patients with neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Richard (Rick) Troiano

Dr. Richard (Rick) Troiano

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, National Cancer Institute, USA

Dr. Richard (Rick) Troiano is a Program Director in the Risk Factor Assessment Branch of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Dr. Troiano promotes the validation and use of accelerometer-based devices in the assessment of physical activity in research and population surveillance. He is interested in promoting improved understanding of the information obtained from devices and self-reports and the analytic implications of different data sources.

Dr. David R. Bassett, Jr.

Dr. David R. Bassett, Jr.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Professor and Interim Department Head, Exercise Physiology, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA

David Bassett’s main research interest is the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure in humans, especially with objective methods. He and his colleagues have studied the validity and reliability of pedometers, accelerometers, and heart rate monitors, and have developed new methods to measure physical activity in free-living people. Bassett has used pedometers to measure walking in various populations. Bassett has collaborated with researchers in the transportation policy and planning field to publish a study on walking, cycling, and obesity rates in fifteen countries on three continents.  They reported that Europeans walked and cycled more than North Americans and Australians, and that levels of active transportation were inversely related to obesity rates in these countries. Currently, he and his colleagues are studying relationships between physical activity and obesity using state-level data within the US. 

Professor Hans Bussmann

Professor Hans Bussmann

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Erasmus MC – University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Hans Bussmann is Associate Professor at Erasmus MC. He is responsible for the research within the research line MoveFit, aiming at understanding and optimizing physical behaviour and fitness in people with chronic conditions.