Professor Philip Morgan is Co-Deputy-Director of the Centre for Active Living and Learning at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research focuses on the design, evaluation and translation of targeted interventions to promote physical activity and healthy eating in men, fathers and children in school, community and workplace settings.
Along with the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program, Professor Morgan has developed and tested a number of award winning community-based health education programs for men including Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids , Healthy Youngsters Healthy Dads, SHED-IT (Self-Help Exercise and Diet using Information Technology) and Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit). From their roots in the Hunter, NSW, these internationally acclaimed programs are now being expanded worldwide following incredible demand from the global academic community, as well as from not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors.
Professor Morgan has published more than 300 academic papers and served as an invited expert on multiple government and non-government committees focusing on obesity, physical activity and physical education. His contributions to research, teaching and community service have been recognised with over 30 prestigious academic awards including the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Australasia and the Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence from the National Office for Learning & Teaching.
As a father of three daughters and coach of multiple junior girls basketball, touch football and soccer teams, Professor Morgan is very aware of the important role fathers play in their children’s lives. He is a strong male advocate for gender equity and enhancing the father-daughter bond and wellbeing through physical activity and sport.
Read about Professor Morgan and his research here