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Dr Susan Clifford
Dr Susan Clifford is a post-doctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Community Child Health within the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Her research interests focus on childhood obesity and cardiometabolic health.
Dr Clifford is also the Project Manager of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's Child Health CheckPoint, a one-off physical health and biospecimen module for LSAC. The Child Health CheckPoint aimed to enrich LSAC with sophisticated health assessments and biological samples.
Dr Clifford has a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy & Physiology) with Honours. She completed a PhD in 2009 examining the health, stress, lifestyle and relationship characteristics of Western Australian Fly-in/Fly-out mining employees and their partners.
Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Dr Susan Clifford is currently the Project Manager for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children's Child Health CheckPoint. Working with a large and diverse team of Investigators, early career researchers and students, she oversees the day-to-day running of this large scale, national study of a broad range of child health characteristics.
She balances this role with manuscript writing and student supervision. Dr Clifford has co-authored papers in the field of childhood obesity epidemiology and interventions. She has also co-authored trial evaluation and scoping reports for government.
She currently supervisors two PhD, two honours and one Scholarly Selective medical students.
Dr Clifford actively shares her experience and knowledge of research management with peers across the Melbourne Children's Campus.
Gasser CE, Mensah FK, Clifford SA, Kerr JA, Wake M. Parental health behaviour predictors of childhood and adolescent dietary trajectories. Public Health Nutrition. 2018; doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000563
Kerr JA, Long C, Clifford SA, Muller J, Gillespie AN, Donath S, Wake M. Early-life exposures predicting onset and resolution of childhood overweight and obesity. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2017; http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2016-311568
Hanvey AN, Mensah FK, Clifford SA, Wake M. Adolescent Cardiovascular Functional and Structural Outcomes of Growth Trajectories from Infancy: Prospective Community-Based Study. Childhood Obesity. 2017; 13(2): 154-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/chi.2016.0263
Hanvey AN, Clifford SA, Mensah FK, Wake M.Which body composition measures are associated with cardiovascular function and structure in adolescence? Obesity Medicine 2016; 3:20-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obmed.2016.08.001
Clifford SA, Gold L, Mensah FK, Jansen PW, Lucas N, Nicholson JM, Wake M. Healthcare costs of underweight, overweight and obesity: Australian population-based study. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health 2015; 15(12):1199-1206. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12932
Wake M, Clifford SA, York E, Mensah F, Gold L, Burgner D, Davies S and the Child Health CheckPoint team. Introducing Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint. Family Matters 2014; 94:15-23. https://aifs.gov.au/publications/family-matters/issue-95/introducing-gro...
Lycett K, Wittert G, Gunn J, Hutton C, Clifford SA, Wake M. The challenges of real-world implementation of web-based shared care software: the HopSCOTCH Shared-Care Obesity Trial in Children. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014; 14:61-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-14-61
Wake M, Clifford SA, Lycett K, Jachno K, Sabin MA, Baldwin S, Carlin JB. Natural BMI reductions and overestimation of obesity trial effectiveness. Pediatrics. 2014; 135(2):e292-e295. http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2014-1832
Wake M, Lycett K, Clifford SA, Sabin M A, Gunn J, Gibbon K, Hutton C, McCallum Z, Arnup S, Wittert G. Shared-care obesity management in 3-10 year old children: 12 month outcomes of the HopSCOTCH randomised trial. BMJ 2013; 346:f3092. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3092
Jansen PW, Mensah K, Clifford SA, Nicholson JM, Wake M. Bi-directional associations between overweight and health-related quality of life from 4-11 years: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. International Journal of Obesity (London) 2013; 37(10):1307-1313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2013.71
Jansen PW, Mensah FK, Clifford SA, Tiemeier H, Nicholson JM, Wake M. Development of Mental Health Problems and Overweight Between Ages 4 and 11 Years: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Academic Pediatrics 2013; 13(2):159-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2012.12.001
Wake M, Clifford SA, Patton GC, Waters E, Williams J, Canterford L, Carlin JB. Morbidity patterns among the underweight, overweight and obese between 2 and 18 years: Population-based cross-sectional analyses. International Journal of Obesity (London) 2013; 37(1):86-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2012.86
Wake M, Price A, Clifford SA, Ukoumunne OC, Hiscock H. Does an intervention that improves infant sleep also improve overweight at age 6? Follow-up of a randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2011; 96(6):526-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/adc.2010.196832
Bayer J, Rapee R, Hiscock H, Ukoumunne O, Mihalopoulos C, Clifford SA, Wake M. The Cool Little Kids randomised controlled trial: Population-level early prevention for anxiety disorders. BMC Public Health 2012; 11(1):11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-11