Professor Stewart Trost

Conjoint Professor in Allied Health

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 67768


Dr. Stewart Trost is a Professor in the School of Human Movement Studies Department at The University of Queensland. Trost received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Carolina, Colombia SC, USA. Trost leads the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG) at the QLD Centre of Children’s Health Research. CPARG is dedicated to expanding the body of knowledge on physical activity and its promotion in children and adolescents. An overarching aim of CPARG is to enhance the health of young people by generating the knowledge needed to design and implement effective programs to increase physical activity in children with typical development and those with chronic and complex health conditions. His research interests include device-based assessment of physical activity and sedentary behavior, early life prevention of childhood obesity and chronic disease, therapeutic exercise programs for children with chronic health conditions, and the relationships between physical activity and other health behaviors.

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Professor Trost was a member of the committee convened by the Australian Government to establish public health guidelines for physical in children and youth, as well as children under 5. Trost has developed algorithms for converting accelerometer output into estimates of physical activity intensity and energy expenditure. These algorithms have been adopted in software programs developed by the world’s leading manufacturers of accelerometer technology.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina-Columbia


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Book Chapter

  • Coombes, J., Trost, S. and Gomersall, S. (2022). Physical activity. ESSA’s Student Manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment. (pp. 1-25) edited by Jeff Coombes and Tina Skinner. Chatswood, NSW Australia: Elsevier.

  • Trost, Stewart G and Joschtel, Barbara (2017). Sport, physical activity, and other health behaviours. Oxford Textbook of Children's Sport and Exercise Medicine. (pp. 267-292) edited by Armstrong, Neil and van Mechelen, Willem. Oxford University PressOxford. doi: 10.1093/med/9780198757672.003.0019

  • Macdonald, Doune, Beckman, Emma, Bailey, Don, Mallett, Cliff and Trost, Stewart (2014). JOSHUA Optimising assets: (dis)ability and the path to active participation. Pedagogical cases in physical education and youth sport. (pp. 211-221) edited by Kathleen Armour. Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Brown, Wendy, Bauman, Adrian, Chey, Tien, Trost, Stewart and Mummery, Kerry (2009). Comparison of surveys used to measure physical activity. Using the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health as a Research and Teaching Resource. Survey Research. (pp. xx-xx) edited by Priscilla Robinson. North Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Public Health Association of Australia.

  • Trost, Stewart G. (2008). Sport, physical activity, and other health behaviours. Paediatric exercise science and medicine. (pp. 397-408) edited by Neil Armstrong and Willem Van Mechelen. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Hooper, S., Trost, S. and Phillips, M. (2007). Health and welfare of junior sport participants. Junior sport matters: Briefing papers for Australian junior sport. (pp. 41-48) edited by Hooper, S., Macdonald, D. and Phillips, M.. Belconnen, ACT: Australian Sports Commission.

  • Trost, S. (2007). Trends in sport and physical activity participation in Australian children and youth. Junior sport matters: Briefing papers for Australian junior sport. (pp. 7-12) edited by Hooper, S, Macdonald, D and Phillips, M. Belconnen, Australia: Australian Sports Commission.

  • Trost, Stewart G. (2006). Public health and physical education. Handbook of physical education. (pp. 163-187) edited by David Kirk, Doune Macdonald and Mary O'Sullivan. London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications.

  • Trost, S. G. and Ward, D. S. (2005). Factors related to Girls’ Participation in Physical Activity. Ensuring the health of active and athletic girls and women. (pp. 3-28) edited by L. Ransdell and L. Petlichkoff. Reston, VA: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.

  • Schofield, Grant, Mummery, Kerry, Brown, Wendy, Eakin, Elizabeth, Trost, Stewart and Abernethy, Peter (2004). Using the internet in a physical activity health promotion campaign: the 10,000 Steps Rockhampton Project. Using Community Informatics to Transform Regions. (pp. 238-251) edited by Stewart Marshall, Wal Taylor and Xinghuo Yu. Hershey, PA, United States: Idea Group Publishing. doi: 10.4018/978-1-59140-132-2.ch016

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