Professor Hayley Christian

Professor Hayley Christian is experienced in public health and health promotion research, teaching and practice. To help people enjoy good health and wellbeing throughout their lives, Professor Christian’s research focuses on improving children’s physical activity, health and wellbeing through multi-level interventions that are focused on the child, the family, and social and built environments. This includes identifying strategies to create healthy early childhood education and care environments, and investigating how the home and neighbourhood environment shapes children’s health and development.
To make an impact on a wider scale, Professor Christian and her team work closely with government, non-government organisations, professional bodies and the private sector to identify and implement programs and policies to help children establish healthy behaviours early to provide the foundation for lifelong health.
Professor Christian is a Principal Senior Research Fellow and National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow. She is Head of the Child Physical Activity, Health & Development team at the Telethon Kids Institute. Hayley leads the PLAYCE program of research, which is a multidisciplinary team focused on turning challenges into opportunities to make a positive difference in the health and wellbeing of children and families.

Partner Organisations


Chief Investigator


  • Environmental Influences

  • Implementation and Evaluation

  • Intervention Research

  • Policy and practice based research

  • Public Health

  • Research Translation

  • Stakeholder Engagement


BSc (1st Class Hons), PhD W.Aust.