Dr Taren Sanders

Deputy Program Leader & Research Fellow
Motivation and Behaviour Program

Areas of expertise: physical activity; youth health; screen time; school-based interventions

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Full

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4504-6008

Phone: +61 02 9701 4704

Email: taren.sanders@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU North Sydney Campus

Dr Taren Sanders is the Deputy Program Leader and a Research Fellow in the Motivation and Behaviour Program at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. His research interests focus on the health of children and young people, including perspectives from public health and education. He has particular expertise in the determinants of physical activity and screen time, understanding how movement behaviours influence health, and how measurement of movement behaviour can be improved.

Dr Sanders’ work has been published in leading journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Review of Educational Research, Learning & Instruction, and International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He has received more than $1m in competitive research funding, including grants from the ARC, NSW Department of Health, and Sport Australia.

Dr Sanders has substantial expertise in the management of large, complex projects. He oversaw the research and delivery components of the 180-school and 2,600 teacher iPLAY project, which include both a randomised controlled trial and a dissemination study. He has also worked on other large projects, such as the NHMRC-funded Transform-Us! project, and the Movember-funded Ahead of the Game.

Select publications

  • Lonsdale, C., Sanders, T., Parker, P., Noetel, M., Hartwig, T., Vasconcellos, D., … & Lubans, D., Effect of a Scalable School-Based Intervention on Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Children: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatrics (Accepted December 2020)
  • Antczak, D., Lonsdale, C., Lee, J., Hilland, T., Duncan, M. J., del Pozo Cruz, B., ... & Sanders, T. (2020). Physical activity and sleep are inconsistently related in healthy children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep medicine reviews51, 101278
  • Sanders, T., Feng, X., Fahey, P. P., Lonsdale, C., & Astell-Burt, T. (2015). The influence of neighbourhood green space on children’s physical activity and screen time: findings from the longitudinal study of Australian children. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity12(1), 1-9.
  • Hartwig, T. B., Sanders, T., Vasconcellos, D., Noetel, M., Parker, P. D., Lubans, D. R., ... & del Pozo Cruz, B. (2021). School-based interventions modestly increase physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness but are least effective for youth who need them most: an individual participant pooled analysis of 20 controlled trials. British journal of sports medicine.

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