Dr Shelley Keating

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Senior Lecturer

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69999


Dr Shelley Keating is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, University of Queensland. With a strong grounding in exercise metabolism and body composition, Dr Keating leads a program of research aimed at changing the way we prioritise, access and deliver lifestyle intervention for people with obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)/ metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) and type 2 diabetes. Dr Keating holds qualifications in clinical exercise physiology BExSciRehab (Hon-1); MExSpSci (Clinical Exercise Science); PhD (Exercise Physiology) and over 15 years’ experience as an AEP developing, delivering, and disseminating exercise interventions in adults with obesity and related chronic diseases.

Research Interests

  • Metabolic Associated Fatty Liver Disease
    Role of exercise and lifestyle therapy in the development, progression and management of MAFLD.
  • Exercise Physiology
    Exercise 'dose'; Exercise is Medicine; Sustainable Exercise Approaches
  • Body Composition
    Measurement of visceral and ectopic fat and the influence of exercise on body composition in people with metabolic-related chronic disease

Research Impacts

Dr Keating has an established research profile that is delivering impact for patients, clinicians and funders. Her research has led to the development of safe and feasible exercise programs that generate significant improvement in the cardiometabolic health of individuals with MAFLD and related chronic disease. Drawing on these findings, Dr Keating has developed national and international exercise guidelines for MAFLD. Her research has led to a paradigm shift in how exercise is prioritised in MAFLD management and has been adopted into exercise prescription recommendations in 13 international guidelines for MAFLD management across 11 countries.

Dr Keating's research had found a lack of awareness, uptake, and sustainability of exercise for MAFLD management. Dr Keating recently pioneered the integration of lived-experience experts in MAFLD research and is committed to inform research by liaising with lived-experience experts to support people with MAFLD and related chronic disease to exercise regularly to benefit their health.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Masters (Coursework), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor (Honours), University of Wollongong


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • McCarthy, Alexandra, Skinner, Tina, Fenech, Michael and Keating, Shelley (2016). Prevention of chronic conditions and cancer. Cancer and chronic conditions: addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors. (pp. 203-239) edited by Bogda Koczwara. Singapore: Springer . doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2_7

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision