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PETRUNOFF Nicholas Alexander

Nick has expertise in conducting qualitative and quantitative research to inform policy and interventions which aim to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases. Nick is excited to be contributing to these research areas in South-East Asia. In his spare time, he guides eight-year-olds around a soccer pitch whilst volunteering as coach of a children's soccer team.


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Research Areas:

  • Health promotion, physical activity and nutrition, qualitative, epidemiology, inter-disciplinary, research translation.

Teaching Areas:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Health Promotion

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MSc Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)


  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Award

Career History:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (2017-Present), School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Research Affiliate (2017), School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Full-Time PhD Candidate (2015 – 2016), School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Program Manager (2013– 2015), NSW Ministry of Health
  • Part-Time PhD Candidate (2011–2015), School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Program Manager, Health Promotion (2011–2013), South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health District
  • Research Affiliate (2010–2011), School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Senior Community Dietitian (2006 – Jun 2010), Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Selected Publications:

  • Mueller-Riemenschneider F, Petrunoff N, Sia A, Ramiah A, Ng A, Han J, et al. Prescribing Physical Activity in Parks to Improve Health and Wellbeing: Protocol of the Park Prescription Randomized Controlled Trial. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 2018;15(6).
  • Petrunoff N, Crane M, Rissel C. A Case Study Exploring Associations of Quality of Life Measures with Car and Active Transport Commute Modes in Sydney. In: Friman M, Ettema D, Olsson LE, editors. Quality of Life and Daily Travel. 2213-994X. 1. Cham: Springer; 2018. p. 183-98.
  • Petrunoff N, Rissel C, Wen LM. "If You Don't Do Parking Management .. Forget Your Behaviour Change, It's Not Going to Work.": Health and Transport Practitioner Perspectives on Workplace Active Travel Promotion. PLoS One. 2017;12(1):e0170064.
  • Petrunoff N, Rissel C, Wen LM. The effect of active travel interventions conducted in work settings on driving to work: A systematic review. Journal of Transport & Health. 2016;3(1):61-76.
  • Petrunoff N, Wen LM, Rissel C. Effects of a workplace travel plan intervention encouraging active travel to work: outcomes from a three-year time-series study. Public Health. 2016;135(C):38-47.
  • Petrunoff N, Rissel C, Wen LM, Martin J. Carrots and sticks vs carrots: Comparing approaches to workplace travel plans using disincentives for driving and incentives for active travel. Journal of Transport & Health. 2015;2(4):563-7
  • Rissel C, Petrunoff N, Wen LM, Crane M. Travel to work and self-reported stress: Findings from a workplace survey in south west Sydney, Australia. Journal of Transport & Health. 2014;1(1):50-3.
  • Petrunoff NA, Wilkenfeld RL, King LA, Flood VM. 'Treats', 'sometimes foods', 'junk': a qualitative study exploring 'extra foods' with parents of young children. Public Health Nutrition. 2014;17(05):979-86.
  • Petrunoff NA, Xu H, Rissel C, Wen LM, van der Ploeg HP. Measuring Workplace Travel Behaviour: Validity and Reliability of Survey Questions. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. 2013;2013:1-6.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email nickpetrunoff@nus.edu.sg


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