Associate Professor Dylan Cliff

Dr Dylan Cliff’s research focuses on supporting children’s development and health through investigating movement behaviours such as physical activity, sedentary behaviour and use of electronic media. As Chief Investigator in the Healthy Child program and contributor to the Longitudinal Family Study, Dylan specifically focusses on associations between children’s digital technology use and health outcomes. He hopes his work with the Centre will contribute to a world where digital technology enhances children’s development, connectedness and wellbeing, and where risks of harm can be controlled and minimised.

Dylan has led and contributed to research supported by $6.5 million in funding, including a current ARC Discovery Project that aims to pool international data to identify how much daily physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep is associated with the best health and developmental outcomes for young children. He also investigated the influence of physical activity and electronic media use on cognitive and psychosocial development in preschool children as part of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award project. Dylan has co-authored more than 125 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, edited book chapters and government reports.

Earliest digital memory
Watching Sesame Street as a toddler on TV, which was originally developed to improve learning outcomes among disadvantaged children – an early example of how “entertainment” programs can be used to support child development.

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