Dr Catherine Draper is a Senior Researcher in the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Draper is also an honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and is based at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. Catherine has a background in Psychology, and obtained her PhD in Public Health in 2005. Dr Draper has been on the Scientific Advisory for the Healthy Active Kids South Africa Report Card since 2010, and is involved in numerous international societies and projects.
In 2018, she will take up office as the President of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. Dr Draper is particularly interested in children's movement behaviours - including physical activity, screen time and sleep, as well as gross motor skills, and her research focusses on how these are related to children's health and development across different settings in South Africa. Dr Draper is passionate about getting the message out about healthy movement behaviours in childhood. Her vision is to have parents, educators and health practitioners empowered with the knowledge, skills and motivation to promote these healthy behaviours too, in order to help children in South Africa reach their full potential. When she is not instructing this course, she is kept busy supervising postgraduate students, conducting research projects, travelling the world, and staying fit!
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