Researcher biography

Shelley is a Principal Research Fellow in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. She is recognised as a leading Australian researcher in maternal health and in implementation science. Her research program aims to improve the health of mothers and babies by increasing the nutrition capacity and capabilities of maternity services and clinicians to provide the best nutritional care to women during and after pregnancy.

Shelley's main research interests include:

  • Nutrition and maternal health ('The first 1000 days')
  • Health service redesign through co-creation
  • Implementation science and Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)
  • Digital technologies and platforms to facilitate behaviour change

Shelley is an Associate Editor for Dietitians Australia's national journal, Nutrition and Dietetics, and is a member of Australian Academy of Science's National Nutrition Committee. In 2010, Shelley received Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian status as recognition of her professional leadership and expertise. The high quality of her research has been recognised with six awards in the field of Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Research.

With 31 peer reviewed publications in the past 5 years, she has an h-index of 21 and her Field-Weighted Citation Impact score is above average for her discipline, particularly in the areas of Gestational weight gain (FWCI 1.1), Gestational diabetes (FWCI 4.2), and Intestinal flora (FWCI 5.2).