Karen Campbell is Geelong born and bred. She attended Oberon high school – not far from the doors of Kardinia Health – studied science and dietetics at Deakin University, health promotion at La Trobe, public health at Monash and finally returned to Geelong with her two children to complete a PhD back at Deakin.

Karen is now the Professor of Population Nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science and the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University. She also co-directs the nationally funded Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood Centre for Research Excellence.

She brings to these roles a passion for disease prevention. Her focus is squarely on research that examines how we can support all families, in cost effective and sustainable ways, to promote the best health outcomes for themselves and their children.  One example of this work is her research with Maternal and Child Health nurses, focused on supporting first-time parents to promote healthy eating and active play from birth, thus reducing childhood obesity and its lifelong effects.  This intervention research, known as the Infant Program has generated wide spread interest across Australia and internationally.