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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 is Deputy Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and medical Sciences (FAHMS) and Fellow the Dietitians Association of Australian (FDAA). She chaired the development of the Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults and led the dietetic team at the University of Newcastle to review the evidence base informing these guidelines in 2011.

In 2017 Professor Collins was awarded Hunter Medical Research Institute, Researcher of the Year. She has published over 350 manuscripts and supervised 30 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, particularly using eHealth and AI technologies. Professor Collins has developed online tools for dietary assessment, including the Healthy Eating Quiz (http://healthyeatingquiz.com.au/), No Money No Time (https://nomoneynotime.com.au/) and the Australian Eating Survey (https://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/cpan/australian-eating-survey).

Professor Collins is a sought after Australian media commentator on nutrition and has conducted thousands of media interviews, includign TripleJ Science Hour with Dr Karl and Linda Marigliano. She has contributed to the Dietitians Association of Australia spokesperson program voluntarilty for 20 years and co-authored six books for the public on weight loss. She has been a nutrition consultant to Shine Australia who produced the TV programs The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, So You Think you can Dance and Australian Survivor and she also appeared on ABC Catalyst and Ask the Doctor TV programs.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Director of Research, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
  • 2000–present
    Nutrition researcher, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
  • 2010–present
    Co-Director, PRC in PA and Nutrition, The University of Newcastle
  • 2016–present
    Senior Brawn Research Fellow, 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

FAHMS FDAA