Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Newcastle

Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Professor Collins hold a prestigious NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship. She is currently Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences and Acting Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition. She has published over 280 manuscripts and supervised 25 Research Higher Degree candidates to completion. Her research examines nutrition and dietary intake,and how this relates to changes in diet quality, food patterns, weight and health across all ages and stages of life. Professor Collins has developed technology based tools for dietary assessment, including the Healthy Eating Quiz (http://healthyeatingquiz.com.au/) and the Australian Eating Survey (http://www.australianeatingsurvey.com.au/) and tested the impact of interventions to improve food and nutrition, particularly those that use technology.

Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA). She chaired the development of the Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults and lead the dietetic team at the University of Newcastle to review the evidence base informing these guidelines in 2011. She represents DAA on the international working party for the Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association.

Professor Collins is a well known Australian media commentator on nutrition and has conducted thousands of media interviews. She has been a spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia for 17 years. She has co-authored six books for the public on weight loss and has been nutrition consultant to the Shine Australia who produce the TV programs The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, So You Think you can Dance and Australian Survivor.

Experience

  • 2000–present
    Nutrition researcher, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    Senior Brawn Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2017–present
    Acting Director, PRC in PA and Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    Director of Research, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
  • 2010–2016
    Co-Director, PRC in PA and Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2014–2015
    Strategic Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2010–2013
    NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle

Education

  • 1999 
    The University of Newcastle, PhD
  • 1996 
    The University of Newcastle, Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Epidemiology
  • 1982 
    The University of Sydney, Postgraduate Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 1981 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Science

Research Areas

  • Nutrition And Dietetics (1111)

Honours

Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia