Darren is driven by a desire to inspire and equip others to live their best life.
Originally coming from an education background, Darren’s keen interest in optimising human functioning lead him to complete a Masters and PhD degree in Human Physiology. His early research career focused on the ‘runner’s stitch’, of which he is considered the world expert. Over the past decade his research has focused on optimising wellbeing through the exciting field of Lifestyle Medicine. To date, he is the author of three books and over 50 publications in scientific and medical journals. He is an Associate Professor and lead researcher in the Lifestyle Research Centre at Avondale, where he supervises several PhD students, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Darren is also the Course Convenor for Postgraduate Studies in Lifestyle Medicine at Avondale and was one of four people selected worldwide to write the exam for International Certification in Lifestyle Medicine. He is a Certified Diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Drawing off his education background, Darren’s specialty is in the creation of evidence-based lifestyle interventions. He was a key developer of, and is a presenter in, the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a premier Lifestyle Medicine intervention targeting chronic diseases that now operates in over 10 countries around the world. His latest creation is The Lift Project which incorporates evidence-based strategies from Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology for improving emotional health and wellbeing.
Darren has presented to hundreds of corporate, educational and community audiences around the world and is an invited speaker at international academic conferences. He has also been awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian University sector.
In his spare time, Darren loves spending time with family and friends and being active and adventurous in the great outdoors hang gliding, kitesurfing, running, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, …