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Dr Jason Bennie

Dr Jason Bennie
Name Jason Bennie
Position Senior Research Fellow (Public Health)
Section Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Office (Research and Innovation)
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4136
Extension 4136
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Qualifications PhD Deakin

Research interests
Dr Jason Bennie leads Muscle-strengthening Exercise Epidemiology Theme within the Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group, at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2011, Dr Bennie was awarded a PhD in Physical Activity Epidemiology from Deakin University. Dr Bennie has worked at USQ since 2017, and has previously held positions at Victoria University (2014-2016), University of Sydney (2012-2014) and Baker Heart Institute (2010-2012).

Dr Bennie’s research focus is on physical activity epidemiology. With a particular emphasis on muscle-strengthening exercise for chronic disease prevention/management. Dr Bennie has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, including first author publications in high impact journals: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Depression and Anxiety; Journal of Affective Disorders, American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Journal of Hypertension; and Obesity.

Industry affiliations
Project Leader: The FIT & WELL Study (FITness industry, public health and WELLbeing study) collaborating with Fitness Australia.

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Research most recent
Bennie, JA, et al (2020).Trends in Muscle-strengthening Exercise Among Nationally Representative Samples of United States Adults Between 2011 and 2017. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. doi:10.1123/jpah.2019-0472.

Bennie JA,et al (2020). Muscle-strengthening exercise and prevalent hypertension among 1.5 million adults: a little is better than none. J. Hypertens: doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002415.

Bennie, JA, et al (2020). Muscle-strengthening exercise and depressive symptom severity among a nationally representative sample of 23,635 German adults. J Affect Disord. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.172.


Research most notable
Bennie JA, et al (2019). Joint and Dose-dependent Associations Between Aerobic and Muscle-strengthening Activity With Depression: a Cross-sectional Study of 1.48 Million Adults Between 2011 and 2017. Depression and Anxiety. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22986

Bennie JA, et al (2019). Muscle-strengthening, aerobic exercise and obesity: a pooled analysis of 1.7 million U.S. adults. Obesity. doi:10.1002/22673.

Bennie JA, et al (2019). The epidemiology of aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity guideline adherence among 383,928 U.S. adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019;16(1):34. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0797-2.

Bennie JA, et al., (2018) Muscle-Strengthening Exercise Among 397,423 U.S. Adults: Prevalence, Correlates, and Associations With Health Conditions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.07.022.

Bennie JA, et al., (2017) Self-reported health-enhancing physical activity guideline adherence among 64,380 Finnish adults and older adults. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. doi:10.1111/sms.12863.

Bennie JA et al., (2016) Pumping Iron in Australia: Prevalence, Trends and Sociodemographic Correlates of Muscle Strengthening Activity Participation from a National Sample of 195,926 Adults. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153225. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153225.

Bennie JA, et al., (2013) The prevalence and correlates of sitting in European adults - a comparison of 32 Eurobarometer-participating countries. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-107


Publications in ePrints

Bennie, Jason A. and De Cocker, Katrien and Pavey, Toby and Stamatakis, Emmanuel and Biddle, Stuart J. H. and Ding, Ding (2020) Muscle strengthening, aerobic exercise, and obesity: a pooled analysis of 1.7 million US adults. Obesity, 28 (2). pp. 371-378. ISSN 1930-7381

Bennie, Jason A. and Teychenne, Megan J. and De Cocker, Katrien and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2019) Associations between aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise with depressive symptom severity among 17,839 U.S. adults. Preventive Medicine, 121. pp. 121-127. ISSN 0091-7435

Thomas, George and Bennie, Jason A. and De Cocker, Katrien and Castro, Oscar and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2019) A descriptive epidemiology of screen-based devices by children and adolescents: a scoping review of 130 surveillance studies since 2000. Child Indicators Research. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1874-897X

Bennie, Jason A. and Teychenne, Megan J. and De Cocker, Katrien De and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2019) Associations between aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise with depressive symptom severity among 17,839 U.S. adults. Preventive Medicine, 121. pp. 121-127. ISSN 0091-7435

Biddle, Stuart J. H. and Bennie, Jason A. and De Cocker, Katrien and Dunstan, David and Gardiner, Paul A. and Healy, Genevieve and Lynch, Brigid and Owen, Neville and Brakenridge, Charlotte and Brown, Wendy and Buman, Matthew and Clark, Bronwyn and Dohrn, Ing-Mari and Duncan, Mitch and Gilson, Nicholas and Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy and Pavey, Toby and Reid, Natasha and Vandelanotte, Corneel and Vergeer, Ineke and Vincent, Grace E (2019) Controversies in the science of sedentary behaviour and health: insights, perspectives and future directions from the 2018 Queensland sedentary behaviour think tank. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (23 - Article 4762). ISSN 1661-7827

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Dr Jason Bennie leads Muscle-strengthening Exercise Epidemiology Theme within the Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group, at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2011, Dr Bennie was awarded a PhD in Physical Activity Epidemiology from Deakin University. Dr Bennie has worked at USQ since 2017, and has previously held positions at Victoria University (2014-2016), University of Sydney (2012-2014) and Baker Heart Institute (2010-2012). Dr Bennie¿s research focus is on physical activity and public health. With a particular emphasis on muscle-strengthening exercise for chronic disease prevention/management. Dr Bennie has published ¿50 peer-reviewed journal articles, including first author publications in high impact journals: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Depression and Anxiety; Journal of Affective Disorders, American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Journal of Hypertension; and Obesity.


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