Researcher biography

Dr Chai is a Dietitian, Research Fellow at Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Honorary Fellow at University of Queensland, and Social Media Editor (Honorary) of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr Chai completed her PhD in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Newcastle and has experience in undergraduate teaching and supervision, health promotion, implementation science and health service research related to children’s health and obesity prevention and intervention.

Through her PhD, Dr Chai has explored the use of telehealth and text messaging in addressing child nutrition and weight management intervention. By collaborating with academics and clinicians, her research developed a scalable approach to the issue of obesity, with the potential to enhance cost-effectiveness and reach of services, enabling more equitable access to public health systems. Her current research focuses on obesity prevention through system changes associated with nutrition and physical activity, and using technology to develop, deliver and evaluate health promotion programs to improve population health through prevention of obesity and chronic diseases.

Growing up in a multicultural country, Malaysia, Dr Chai is fluent in 5 languages which adds to her strengths in fostering international research collaborations, which also leads to her role as a member of an international systematic review working group (DiET-CO Consortium) consists of international experts from Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, and Hong Kong.