Researcher biography

My research career has been informed by my clinical practice in nutrition science and dietetics. I trained as a paediatric dietitian at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1999. I gained international experience in education and research at the University of Surrey, UK, where I coordinated the dietetics program, led the first evaluation in simulated practice and managed several large clinical trials. I returned to Australia in 2006 and spent a couple of years at the Children's Nutrition Research Centre at Herston before I was appointed to the Chair of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University and the inaugural head of department. In 2020, I returned to Queensland to become the discipline lead for the Nutrition and Dietetics program at UQ.

I am an Honorary Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway and I am a Senior Collaborator at the NNedPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, located at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK.

With 110 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years, I have an H-index of 30 and a Field-Weighted Citation Impact score is above average for my discipline, in particular for weight gain, obesity excessive gestational weight gain (FWCI 1.63), Exercise, obesity and daily energy FWIC 2.19 and Malnutrition and Nutrition Screening (FWCI = 1.85).

I am the Chair of theAustralian Academy of Science National Committee for Nutrition. This committe is focused on the implementation of the Decadal Plan for the Science of Nutrition (