• Associate Professor Dylan Cliff
  • Healthy Child Co-Leader and Chief Investigator
  • University of Wollongong

Associate Professor Dylan Cliff’s research focuses on supporting children’s development and health through investigating digital technology contexts, such as the types of technology and content children engage with, whether children engage alone or with others, and how long children engage for. He also has expertise in children’s movement behaviours including physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

As Chief Investigator in, and Co-Leader of the Healthy Child program, Dylan focusses on children’s digital technology use and their health and development. He hopes his work with the Centre will contribute to a world where digital technology enhances children’s development, connectedness and wellbeing, and where risks of harm can be minimised. 

In addition to this Centre, Dylan has led and contributed to research supported by $8 million in funding, including a current NSW Health Project – Healthy Bytes – which aims to understand the place of digital technology use among diverse young children and families from South Western Sydney’s local government areas that experienced the state’s strictest COVID-19 lockdowns, and an ARC Discovery Project that aims to pool international data to identify how much daily physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep is associated with the best health and developmental outcomes for young children. Dylan has co-authored more than 140 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, edited book chapters and government reports.

Earliest digital memory
Watching Sesame Street as a toddler on TV, which was originally developed to improve learning outcomes among disadvantaged children – an early example of how “entertainment” programs can be used to support child development.