Tribute to Professor Jane Wardle

29 October 2015

By Kylie Ball, ISBNPA Fellow, on behalf of the ISBNPA

ISBNPA mourn the loss of one of our long-term members and supporters, Professor Jane Wardle, who sadly passed away on 20th October 2015. As is evident by the many touching obituaries and tributes (e.g. link), Professor Wardle was not only an outstanding researcher and intellect, she was also a generous and highly-regarded leader, collaborator and mentor.  Her passion and advocacy in behavioural science research stimulated countless research careers, including my own, having been inspired by Professor Wardle’s mentorship from a very early career stage. ISBNPA has benefitted significantly from Professor Wardle’s contributions. 

She regularly co-authored papers published in IJBNPA, among them, for example, reports on studies that have advanced understanding of children’s dietary ( and physical activity ( behaviours, and evaluations of innovative dietary behaviour change interventions ( She was a frequent contributor to presentations at ISBNPA annual meetings, including as a keynote speaker at one of the earliest meetings, where she gave an outstanding address on cutting edge research on the genetic and environmental interplay of obesity determinants. She was an active member of the IJBNPA Editorial Board, and a tireless peer reviewer; and a mentor to many early career members of the ISBNPA. 

The ISBNPA pay tribute to Professor Wardle’s enormous contributions to our members, our Society and our discipline.