Researcher biography

Dr Chai is a Dietitian, an Honorary Fellow at University of Queensland, and a Research Fellow at Health and Wellbeing Queensland. She holds a number of committee positions in scientific bodies, including Social Media Editor of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Child Health Precinct Early and Mid-Career Research Committee of Centre for Children's Health Research Queensland.

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.

Dr Chai completed her PhD in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Newcastle and has experience in a variety of disciplines including clinical dietetics, community health promotion and education, implementation science, nutrition behavioural research, and undergraduate teaching and supervision.

Her PhD has formed collaborations between hospital-based clinicians and academics to explore the use of innovative clinical telehealth and text messaging for child nutrition and weight management intervention. Her research offers a scalable approach to the issue of obesity which affects the health of many Australians and has the potential to increase cost-effectiveness of public health system.

Dr Chai's current research focuses on using technology to develop, deliver and evaluate health promotion programs to improve population health through prevention of obesity and chronic diseases.