Head of School for Sport and Recreation
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7224
AUT University, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142
- PhD (AUT)
- MSc (U of Oregon)
- BSc (UC San Diego)
Memberships and Affiliations
- Member of the Citizen Science Global Network
- Invited member of the Citizen Science Leadership Task Force
- Co-chair of the Council for Environment and Physical Activity (International Society of Physical Activity and Health)
- NZ country leader for the Global Observatory for Physical Activity: monitor physical activity surveillance, research, and policy worldwide
- Co-leader and founder of the New Zealand Physical Activity Network
- Member of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Member of the Steering Committee of International Physical Activity and Environment Network-Adolescents
Research Center Membership
- Centre for Child Health, National Institute of Public and Mental Health (Co-director and founding member)
- Human Potential Centre, Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand
- 50 Journals including: British Medical Journal (IF=17.445)
- Obesity Reviews (IF=7.995)
- Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (IF=9.185)
- Pediatric Obesity (IF=4.573)
- International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (IF=4.11)
- Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise (IF=3.93)
- Journal of Adolescent Health (IF=3.60)
- Plos-One (IF=3.234)
- Preventive Medicine (IF=3.06)
- BMJ Open (IF=2.271)
Professor Erica Hinckson is the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research) of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at AUT University. Her program of research focuses on the science of behaviour, in particular the patterns, causes and effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health in youth and adults, within the context of the built environment. Her research aims to provide evidence for the empowerment of communities and to inform policy decisions. She has been involved in large national regional programmes (e.g. Travelwise, School Travel Plan Programme). She also specialises in the assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour using the most up-to-date technologies. She is active internationally with key environment groups. She is on the steering committee for the International Physical Activity and Environment Network - Adolescents (IPEN), and on the executive committee for the Council of Environment and Physical Activity. Erica is collaborating with key leading researchers nationally and internationally on population-based studies and has attracted funding of ~NZ$6.0 million.
- Physical Activity and Health (Undergraduate)
- Physical Activity and Health Promotion (Postgraduate)
- Research Methods (Postgraduate)
Children & Youth
- Active commuting
- Built environment
- Children and youth
- Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
- Physical Activity
- Postprandial lipemia
- Sedentary behaviour
- Standing desks
- Standing desks
- Women's health
Current Research Projects
- International Physical activity & Environment Network-Adolescents study. Funded by National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI; Primary) and National Cancer Institute (NCI; Secondary)-(2011)- PA-10-067. Investigators: Jim Sallis (USA), Erica Hinckson (New Zealand), Jo Salmon/Anna Timperio (Australia), Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij/Femke DeMeester (Belgium), Rodrigo Reis (Brazil), Ester Cerin (Hong Kong), Jens Troelsen (Denmark), Noela Wilson (Malaysia), Jorge Mota/Maria Paula Santos (Portugal)-$ 2,823,300
- Built Environments and Physical Activity in New Zealand Youth. Funded by Health Research Council (2012). Other investigators: Grant Schofield, Erica Hinckson (Co-PI), Scott Duncan, Melody Oliver, Hannah Badland-$1,300,000
- Built environments, physical activity and obesity: A national and international study. Funded by Health Research Council (HRC-07-356). Investigators: Grant Schofield, Karen Witten, Robin Kearns, Erica Hinckson, Hannah Badland. $1,128,187
- Participation, Productivity and Wellbeing in the Future of Work. Funded by Auckland University of Technology-AUT Strategic Research Investment Fund (2015). Other investigators: Tim Bentley (PI), Gail Pacheco (PI), Erica Hinckson (AI). $230,000
- Digital Media in Children's and Adolescents' Lives. Funded by Auckland University of Technology-AUT Strategic Research Investment Fund (2014). Other investigators: Erica Hinckson (CO-PI), Erik Landuis, Charles Crothers, Wendy Wrapson. $60,000
- Child and Adolescent health: Understanding children’s sitting behaviour through innovative technologies. Auckland University of Technology-AUT Strategic Research Investment Fund (2014). Other investigators: Erica Hinckson (CO-PI), Sigrid Norris $20,000
Recent Peer Review PublicationsLogan GR, Duncan S, Harris NK, Hinckson EA, Schofield G. Adolescent physical activity levels: discrepancies with accelerometer data analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2016:1-7.
Hinckson E, Salmon J, Benden M, Clemes SA, Sudholz B, Barber SE, et al. Standing Classrooms: Research and Lessons Learned from Around the World. Sports Medicine. 2015:1-11.
Van Dyck D, Cerin E, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Hinckson E, Reis R, Davey R, et al. International study of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time with body mass index and obesity: IPEN adult study. International Journal of Obesity. 2015;39(2):199-207.
Rowe K, Shilbury D, Ferkins L, Hinckson E. Challenges for sport development: Women's entry level cycling participation. Sport Management Review. 2015;doi:10.1016/j.smr.2015.11.001.
Ross K, Hinckson E, Zinn C. Effect of Intermittent Sitting time on Acute Postprandial Lipemia in Children. Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology. 2015;Accepted.
McGrath LJ, Hopkins WG, Hinckson EA. Associations of Objectively Measured Built-Environment Attributes with Youth Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports medicine. 2015;45(6):841-65.
Ikeda E, Krägeloh C, Water T, Hinckson EA. An Exploratory Study of Self-reported Quality of Life in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Child Ind Res. 2015:1-21.
Duncan S, White K, Mavoa S, Stewart T, Hinckson E, Schofield G. Active Transport, Physical Activity, and Distance Between Home and School in Children and Adolescents. Journal of physical activity & health. 2015;DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2015-0054.
D'Haese S, Vanwolleghem G, Hinckson E, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Deforche B, Van Dyck D, et al. Cross-continental comparison of the association between the physical environment and active transportation in children: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2015;12(1):145.
Aminian S, Hinckson EA, Stewart T. Modifying the classroom environment to increase standing and reduce sitting. Building Research & Information. 2015;43(5):631-45.
Ali N, Payne D, Hinckson E. Being muslim and doing islam: Narratives that influence physical activity of muslim women in New Zealand. Sites. 2015;In Press.
Sallis J, Hinckson EA. Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Building Up the Physical Activity Side of Energy Balance. The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. 2014;2(3):190 - 1.
Oliver M, Badland H, Mavoa S, Witten K, Kearns R, Ellaway A, et al. Environmental and socio-demographic associates of children's active transport to school: a cross-sectional investigation from the URBAN Study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2014;11(1):70.
Hinckson E, Duncan S, Oliver M, Mavoa S, Cerin E, Badland H, et al. Built environment and physical activity in New Zealand adolescents: a protocol for a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004475 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004475.
Cerin E, Cain KL, Conway TL, Van Dyck D, Hinckson E, Schipperijn J, et al. Neighborhood environments and objectively measured physical activity in 11 countries. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2014;46(12):2253-64.
*Aminian S, White K, Duncan S, Hinckson E. Using the ActivPAL Monitor to Quantify Time Spent Sitting, Standing and Stepping at School: A One-day Snapshot. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports. 2014;3(6): http://www.sciencedomain.org/abstract.php?iid=417&id=22&aid=3588#.U03y-PmSySo.
*Rowe K, Shilbury D, Ferkins L, Hinckson E. Sport development and physical activity promotion: An integrated model to enhance collaboration and understanding. Sport Management Review. 2013;16(3):364-77.
*Mc Grath L, Hinckson E, Hopkins WG. Power of Play: A Primary School Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in NZ Children. In: Papanikos GT, ed. Physical Education and Learning. Athens, Greece: ATINER, 2013.
*Ikeda E, Hinckson E, Krägeloh C. Assessment of quality of life in children and youth with autism spectrum disorder: a critical review. Qual Life Res. 2013:1-17.
Hinckson EA, Hopkins WG, Aminian S, Ross K. Week-to-week differences of children's habitual activity and postural allocation as measured by the ActivPAL monitor. Gait & Posture. 2013;38(4):663-7.
Hinckson EA, Dickinson A, Water T, Sands M, Penman L. Physical activity, dietary habits and overall health in overweight and obese children and youth with intellectual disability or autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2013;34(4):1170-8.
Hinckson E, Curtis A. Measuring physical activity in children and youth living with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2013;34:72-86.
Hinckson E, Aminian S, Ikeda E, Steward T, Duncan S, Oliver M, et al. Acceptability of standing workstations in elementary schools. Preventive Medicine. 2013;56:82-5.
Cerin E, Conway TL, Cain KL, Kerr J, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Owen N, et al. Sharing good NEWS across the world: developing comparable scores across 12 countries for the neighborhood environment walkability scale (NEWS). BMC Public Health. 2013;13(1):309.
Witten K, Blakely T, Bagheri N, Badland H, Ivory V, Pearce J, et al. Neighborhood Built Environment and Transport and Leisure Physical Activity: Findings Using Objective Exposure and Outcome Measures in New Zealand. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2012;120(7):971.
Sedentary Behaviour Research Network. Letter to the Editor: standardized use of the term "sedentary" and "sedentary behaviours". Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism. 2012;37:540-2.
*de Wit B, Loman K, Faithfull K, Hinckson EA. Reliability and validity of the hands-up survey in assessing commuting to school in New Zealand elementary school children. Health Promotion Practice. 2012;13(3):349-54.
*Curtis A, Hinckson E, Water T. Physical activity is not play: perceptions of children and parents from deprived areas. The New Zealand medical journal. 2012;125(1365):38.
*Aminian S, Hinckson EA. Examining the validity of the ActivPAL monitor in measuring posture and ambulatory movement in children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2012;9(1):119.
Rush E, Coppinger T, Obolonkin V, Hinckson E, McGrath L, McLennan S, et al. Use of pedometers to identify less active children and time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity in the school setting. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2011;15(3):226-30.
Hinckson EA, Garrett N, Duncan JS. Active commuting to school in New Zealand Children (2004-2008): A quantitative analysis. Preventive Medicine. 2011;52:332-6.
Hinckson EA, Badland HM. School Travel Plans: Preliminary Evidence for Changing School-Related Travel Patterns in Elementary School Children. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2011;25(6):368-71.
*Castillo M, Hinckson EA. Measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour at work: A review. Work. 2011;40:1-13.
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2016 Won the bid to host the 2020 International Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity conference in Auckland
2016 Editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
2015 2015 Hall of Fame, University of California San Diego, Athletics: recognising and honouring student-athletes who have made exceptional contributions to the tradition and heritage of UC San Diego Athletics
2014 Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
2014 New Zealand Women in Leadership Programme Award, NZ Vice Chancellor’s Committee
2014 Invited speaker at the Sport Physiotherapy NZ, Rotorua
2014 Invited speaker on behalf of Diabetes NZ to Ministers of Parliament, Wellington
2013 Associate Editor for the Frontiers of Child Health and Human Development journal (a Specialty Section of Frontiers in Pediatrics and Frontiers in Public Health).
2011 Vice Chancellor Established Research Team Excellence award, AUT University
2010-2012 Travel awards, AUT University, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences contestable grant ($12,000)
2009 Emerging Researcher Award, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (AUT)
2006 Senior Research Award (Sport & Recreation), AUT
2005 New Investigator Award (Sport & Recreation), AUT
2004 Unitec Young Achievers Award
1993-1994 Woman of the Year Award - California Region (UCSD)
1993 NCAA National Champion in Track and Field (UCSD)
1993 Women’s Minority Program Scholarship (UCSD)
1991-1994 UCSD Outstanding Athlete of the Year (Track & Field)
1991-1994 NCAA 10 All American Titles (Track & Field)