Dr Louisa Peralta

BEdHons(UOW), MEdL (UC), GradCert(Higher Ed)(Sydney), PhD(UOW)
Lecturer in Physical Education and Professional Practice
First Year Experience and Social Inclusion Academic Coordinator
Faculty Ethics Reviewer

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 5399
Fax +61 2 9351 5027

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Biographical details

Louisa Peralta is a physical education and professional practice educator and researcher in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. She teaches in the areas of primary and secondary health and physical education and professional practice studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her teaching, research and publications focus on: a) school-based programs for improving students' physical activity levels and motivation; and b) enhancing the life skill development of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Research interests

Health and sport

  • Health promotion

Research on teaching and learning

  • Health and physical education and development
  • Tertiary education and development

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Indigenous issues

Keywords: pedagogies in physical education, physical activity, health promotion, life skills, school-based programs, positive youth development.

Teaching and supervision

Project title Degree Research student
Factors affecting the body image and weight status of Australian schoolchildren in a 6-year longitudinal study (Associate Supervisor). PhD Hueiwen Chiang
Poststructuralism and the 'obesity epidemic': Fat loss camps (Associate Supervisor). PhD Brittany Johnson

Current projects

2012-2015: Lonsdale C, Lubans DR, Kolt G,Peralta LR,Maeder AJ, Gore JM, Cerin E, Ntoumanis N. A cluster randomized controlled trial of a school-based physical activity intervention in at-risk communities.Australian Research Council (ARC) funded discovery project ($484,000).

2012-2013:Peralta LR, Bennie A, Cotton W, O’Connor D. Improving physical activity levels and life skills among Indigenous adolescents: A randomized controlled trial (RCT). National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy ($13,777)

2012: Lonsdale C, Rosenkranz R, Lubans D, Peralta LR, Bennie A.The Active Learning project: Increasing active learning time in Physical Education by applying Self-Determination Theory. UWS School of Health Science Grant ($24,949).

2011-2012:Peralta LR, O'Connor D, Cotton W, Bennie A, & Burns K. Increasing Indigenous students in higher education: Is participation in sport associated with academic achievement and higher education aspirations among Indigenous students? The University of Sydney Widening Participation Grant ($20,900)

2011-2012:Peralta LR, Bennie A, Cotton W, O’Connor D, Evans J. Partnerships with local Indigenous community agencies: Do service learning opportunities enhance sociocultural understanding and competence of Human Movement Health Education (HMHE) preservice teachers? The University of Sydney Strategic Teaching Enhancement Program Grants (STEPs) ($25,867)

2011-2012:Peralta LR, Cotton W, Evans J, O'Connor D, & Bennie A. (2011). The acceptability and potential efficacy of a community and school sport-based program designed to enhance Indigenous adolescents’ physical activity levels and life skills. The University of Sydney, Centre of Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease (CODCD) ($5,000)

Associations

  • 2013-2014: Member of the Board of Studies NSW HSC PDHPE examination committee.

  • 2013: NSW Board/Executive member (Vice President), Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

  • 2011-2012: NSW Board/Executive member (Tertiary and Primary Educators’ Representative), Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

Awards and honours

  • 2011: University of Sydney Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Award.
  • 2010: University of Wollongong Faculty of Education Highly Commended for PhD Research and Thesis.
  • 2006-2009: Australian Postgraduate Award.
  • 2005-2006: University of Wollongong Faculty of Education Summer Research Scholarship.
  • 2001: University of Wollongong, Alumni Association Prize Giving for Honours Research in Education – Highly Commended.
  • 2001: Australian Rugby Union and Touch Association Scholarship for Research
  • 2001: University of Wollongong Cunningham-D’Souza Family Award for Excellence in Research

Selected grants

2013

  • A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of a School-based Physical Activity Intervention in At-risk Communities; Lonsdale C, Kolt G, Lubans D, Peralta L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Peralta, L. (2012). Enhancing Educational, Health and Physical Activity Goals among Children and Adolescents: The Development of School Curriculum Areas. In Jennifer A. O'Dea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 211-221). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Peralta, L. (2011). Are schools responsible for engaging youth in sport and physical activity? In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 179-192). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • O'Dea, J., Chiang, H., Peralta, L. (2014). Socioeconomic patterns of overweight, obesity but not thinness persist from childhood to adolescence in a 6-year longitudinal cohort of Australian schoolchildren from 2007 to 2012. BMC Public Health, 14(1). [More Information]
  • Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Sanders, T., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Jackson, B., Taylor, I., Lubans, D. (2013). A cluster randomized controlled trial of strategies to increase adolescents' physical activity and motivation in physical education: Results of the Motivating Active Learning in Physical Education (MALP) trial. Preventive Medicine, 57(5), 696-702. [More Information]
  • Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Fahey, P., Lubans, D. (2013). A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions designed to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in school Physical Education lessons. Preventive Medicine, 56, 152-161. [More Information]
  • Rosenkranz, R., Lubans, D., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Sanders, T., Lonsdale, C. (2012). A cluster-randomised trial of strategies to increase adolescents' physical activity and motivation during physical education lessons: the Motivating Active Learning in Physical Education (MALP) trial. BMC Public Health, 12, 834.
  • Kapellos, N., Peralta, L. (2012). A cross-sectional study of physical activity, time spent in small screen recreation and sleep behaviours among adolescent girls from high socioeconomic backgrounds. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 45-60.
  • Peralta, L., Burns, K. (2012). First off the blocks: professional experience and learning for first-year preservice Physical and Health Education teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 40(2), 127-141. [More Information]
  • Edwards, K., Peralta, L. (2012). The fundamental movement skills of adolescent girls attending a Performing Arts High School compared with those in the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (NSW SPANS 2004): A cross-sectional study. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 29-43.
  • Okely, A., Cotton, W., Lubans, D., Morgan, P., Puglisi, L., Miller, J., Wright, J., Batterham, M., Peralta, L., Perry, J. (2011). A school-based intervention to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: Rationale, design, and baseline data from the Girls in Sport group randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 11, 658-668. [More Information]
  • O'Dea, J., Peralta, L. (2011). Perceptions of the teaching practicum among Human Movement and Health Education pre-service teachers in Australia: The role of university coursework, university-school partnerships and e-learning. Waikato Journal of Education, 16(1), 79-94.
  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Peralta, L., Jones, R., Okely, A. (2010). Preventing obesity among adolescent boys: The fitness improvement and lifestyle awareness (FILA Program) randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12(Supplement 2), e85-e85.
  • Peralta, L., Jones, R., Okely, A. (2009). Promoting healthy lifestyles among adolescent boys: The Fitness Improvement and Lifestyle Awareness Program RCT. Preventive Medicine, 48(6), 537-542. [More Information]

2014

  • O'Dea, J., Chiang, H., Peralta, L. (2014). Socioeconomic patterns of overweight, obesity but not thinness persist from childhood to adolescence in a 6-year longitudinal cohort of Australian schoolchildren from 2007 to 2012. BMC Public Health, 14(1). [More Information]

2013

  • Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Sanders, T., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Jackson, B., Taylor, I., Lubans, D. (2013). A cluster randomized controlled trial of strategies to increase adolescents' physical activity and motivation in physical education: Results of the Motivating Active Learning in Physical Education (MALP) trial. Preventive Medicine, 57(5), 696-702. [More Information]
  • Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Fahey, P., Lubans, D. (2013). A systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions designed to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in school Physical Education lessons. Preventive Medicine, 56, 152-161. [More Information]

2012

  • Rosenkranz, R., Lubans, D., Peralta, L., Bennie, A., Sanders, T., Lonsdale, C. (2012). A cluster-randomised trial of strategies to increase adolescents' physical activity and motivation during physical education lessons: the Motivating Active Learning in Physical Education (MALP) trial. BMC Public Health, 12, 834.
  • Kapellos, N., Peralta, L. (2012). A cross-sectional study of physical activity, time spent in small screen recreation and sleep behaviours among adolescent girls from high socioeconomic backgrounds. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 45-60.
  • Peralta, L. (2012). Enhancing Educational, Health and Physical Activity Goals among Children and Adolescents: The Development of School Curriculum Areas. In Jennifer A. O'Dea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 211-221). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Peralta, L., Burns, K. (2012). First off the blocks: professional experience and learning for first-year preservice Physical and Health Education teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 40(2), 127-141. [More Information]
  • Edwards, K., Peralta, L. (2012). The fundamental movement skills of adolescent girls attending a Performing Arts High School compared with those in the NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (NSW SPANS 2004): A cross-sectional study. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 29-43.

2011

  • Okely, A., Cotton, W., Lubans, D., Morgan, P., Puglisi, L., Miller, J., Wright, J., Batterham, M., Peralta, L., Perry, J. (2011). A school-based intervention to promote physical activity among adolescent girls: Rationale, design, and baseline data from the Girls in Sport group randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 11, 658-668. [More Information]
  • Peralta, L. (2011). Are schools responsible for engaging youth in sport and physical activity? In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 179-192). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • O'Dea, J., Peralta, L. (2011). Perceptions of the teaching practicum among Human Movement and Health Education pre-service teachers in Australia: The role of university coursework, university-school partnerships and e-learning. Waikato Journal of Education, 16(1), 79-94.

2010

  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Peralta, L., Jones, R., Okely, A. (2010). Preventing obesity among adolescent boys: The fitness improvement and lifestyle awareness (FILA Program) randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12(Supplement 2), e85-e85.

2009

  • Peralta, L., Jones, R., Okely, A. (2009). Promoting healthy lifestyles among adolescent boys: The Fitness Improvement and Lifestyle Awareness Program RCT. Preventive Medicine, 48(6), 537-542. [More Information]

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