I am Head of the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University, a position I commenced in October 2013. The main aspects to my role are Teaching and Learning, Research and Service. I was formerly in the same role at the University of Canberra (2011-2013) and prior to that at the University of Newcastle, (1992-2011). I am a Conjoint Professor with the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra.
My undergraduate degree was in Science (Biochemistry) with first class honours in Nutrition, and I also hold tertiary qualifications in Social Science, Health Promotion and Dietetics. My PhD was conducted through the School of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and formed part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.
My key areas of teaching are research methods, public health nutrition, community nutrition, nutrition education programs and counselling. Much of my research is interdisciplinary, and I have several publications in the field of obesity and in the area of the sociology of food and nutrition, most recently an article translated into French for a Dictionary about food and culture. My research interests include weight gain and weight control practices (with a current RCT aimed at preventing weight gain in mid-age women), and gendered dieting, the rural and allied health workforce, and the sociological aspects of slow food.