• 3216 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am a public health researcher with expertise in physical activity, sedentary behaviour (too much sitting as opposed to not enough exercise), health promotion, and program evaluation.

My core research focuses on adults and workplace settings. This has involved designing and evaluating ‘move more, sit less’ initiatives, and investigating the social and environmental factors (people, places, and policies) that affect workers’ moving and sitting, as well as their mental wellbeing and productivity. I am also interested in media analysis about communication of health issues, such as sitting guidelines for office workers and claims that "sitting is the new smoking" (it's not!). My current projects include exploring high intensity interval training as a way to accumulate physical activity in daily life, evaluating the impacts of Play Streets on community health and wellbeing, and investigating the potential of a co-ops approach to improve fruit and vegetable intake of families from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I have worked on a range of multidisciplinary projects funded by different agencies, including the NSW Ministry of Health, Heart Foundation, and the World Health Organization. I was a National Heart Foundation of Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2015-2017).

External positions

Senior Research Fellow (Honorary), Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

6 Aug 2018 → …

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Research Outputs 2004 2019

  • 3216 Citations
  • 28 h-Index
  • 63 Article
  • 5 Review article
  • 4 Letter
  • 3 Meeting abstract

Recent trends in physical activity in New South Wales. Is the tide of inactivity turning?

Chau, J., Smith, B. J., Bauman, A., Merom, D., Eyeson-Annan, M., Chey, T. & Farrell, L., 1 Feb 2008, In : Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 32, 1, p. 82-85 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
New South Wales
Insurance Benefits
Health Surveys

Is activity-based working impacting health, work performance and perceptions? A systematic review

Engelen, L., Chau, J., Young, S., Mackey, M., Jeyapalan, D. & Bauman, A., 2019, In : Building Research and Information. 47, 4, p. 468-479 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Daily sitting time and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis

Chau, J. Y., Grunseit, A. C., Chey, T., Stamatakis, E., Brown, W. J., Matthews, C. E., Bauman, A. E. & van der Ploeg, H. P., 13 Nov 2013, In : PLoS ONE. 8, 11, p. 1-14 14 p., e80000.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
physical activity
Odds Ratio

More standing and just as productive: effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study

Chau, J. Y., Sukala, W., Fedel, K., Do, A., Engelen, L., Kingham, M., Sainsbury, A. & Bauman, A. E., 1 Jun 2016, In : Preventive Medicine Reports. 3, p. 68-74 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Control Groups
Postal Service

Low physical activity, high television viewing and poor sleep duration cluster in overweight and obese adults: a cross-sectional study of 398,984 participants from the UK Biobank

Cassidy, S., Chau, J. Y., Catt, M., Bauman, A. & Trenell, M. I., 28 Apr 2017, In : International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 14, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., 57.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cross-Sectional Studies
Life Style

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Membership of committee

Australian Health Promotion Association (External organisation)

Josephine Chau (Member)
Jun 2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Press / Media

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work

Catriona Bonfiglioli & Josephine Chau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Walking challenges aren’t doing you much good if you’re swapping running for walking

Lina Engelen & Josephine Chau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Health Check: the low-down on standing desks

Josephine Chau & Lina Engelen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment