Stephanie Jong

Research Associate
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
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Dr Stephanie Jong studied education and health sciences, before graduating with a PhD from Flinders University, South Australia in 2017. Her research explored online fitness culture and the impact on young females’ health practices, such as diet and exercise. Stephanie adopted a socio-cultural perspective using the method of netnography.

Currently, Stephanie is a post-doctoral Research Associate within the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), of the MRC Epidemiology Unit. Within CEDAR, she is working on the ‘GoActive’ (Get Others Active) project – a school-based physical activity promotion project, which focuses on ways to increase activity levels and reduce sedentary behavior in adolescents. Stephanie will lead the mixed methods process evaluation of the project, undertaken with principal investigator, Dr Kirsten Corder. 

Research Interests: 

Stephanie’s primary research interests include health promotion, health literacy, physical activity, social networking site use and the implications on health practices, and online culture.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

Previous teaching experiences include:

  • Project management for health promotion
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social networking site impact on health knowledge and health practices
  • Health and well-being of females & health practices of females
  • Online fitness culture/fitspiration

PhD,   Bachelor of Education Honours & Bachelor of Ed. (Middle School/Secondary) & Bachelor of Health Sciences (Flinders University)


2016               Flinders University Student Association Development Grant recipient

2015               Australian Health Promotion Association SA Professional Development Scholarship recipient

2015               3MT School of Education Winner and Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law winner and University Finalist

2015               Flinders University Student Association Development Grant recipient

2014               Gender and Education Conference Funding

2014               Flinders Education Humanities and Law Faculty Project Funding

2014               Flinders University Academic Internship Program

2013               Young Scholar Award for the most outstanding paper from a young scholar at the 28th ACHPER International Conference

2013               Flinders University APA Scholarship Recipient

2013               Flinders University Faculty of Education Humanities and Law Top-Up Scholarship Recipient

2011               Flinders University Medal

2011               Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA)
  • Public Health Association Australia (PHAA)
  • The Golden Key Society
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)

A qualitative exploration of young women’s experiences and expressions of fitness culture on social networking sites.



Jong, S. T. (2017). Netnography: Researching Online Populations. In P. Liamputtong (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (Volume 3: Innovative Research Methods in Health Social Sciences): Springer


Brown, H. E., Whittle, F., Jong, S. T., Croxson, C., Sharp, S. J., Wilkinson, P., . . . Corder, K. (2017). A cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the GoActive intervention to increase physical activity among 13–14-year-old adolescents. BMJ Open, 0(e014419). DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014419

Jong, S.T. and Drummond, M. J. (2016). Hurry up and ‘like’ me: Immediate feedback on social networking site and the impact on adolescent girls. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education. DOI:10.1080/18377122.2016.1222647

Jong, S.T. and Drummond, M.J .N. (2016). Exploring online fitness culture and young females. Leisure Studies, 35:6, 758-770, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2016.1182202


Jong, S.T. (2016). Netnographic research of online communities and culture. In the Proceedings of The Australian Sociological Association Conference. Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Details forthcoming.

Jong, S.T. and Drummond, M.J. (2015). Online fitness communities and health literacies: Critical digital awareness. In Values into Action - A Brighter Future: Edited Proceedings of the 29th ACHPER International Conference. Adelaide: © Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, SA Branch Inc. 29th ACHPER International Conference. Adelaide, SA, Australia. Apr 2015, pp 158-168

Jong, S.T. and Drummond, M. (2013). Shaping adolescent girls' body image perceptions: the effect of social media on Australian adolescent girls. In J Quay & A Mooney, ed. A Defining Time: Health, Physical Education, Sport & Recreation. Hindmarsh, SA: Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). 28th ACHPER International Conference. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2013, pp 74-83