Melissa Burton is a PhD student within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences with majors in Nutrition, Exercise Behaviour and Psychology, an Honours degree in Food Science and Nutrition, and a Master of Human Nutrition.
Melissa has recently submitted her PhD thesis titled 'Towards a comprehensive food curriculum for secondary schools'. The overall aim of Melissa's PhD was to explore food education in secondary schools and to work towards developing a curriculum based on building students' confidence and knowledge for skills related to food decision-making, and the acquisition, preparation and transformation of food into healthy family meals. As part of her thesis, Melissa also explored the barriers for food education in secondary schools, as well as what is required to help teachers deliver strong food education programs.
Outside of her PhD, Melissa has worked on several other research projects and has experience in Lecturing undergraduate students and taking student seminars.