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Postdoctoral research fellow, CSIRO

Sinead Golley joined CSIRO in 2009 and is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow working in the Health Behaviour team in Food and Nutrition. Sinead has a background in social cognitive psychology with a broad interest in understanding decision-making relating to health.

Sineads’ research at CSIRO is currently focused on understanding the psychological drivers of food choice, in particular the avoidance of wheat- and dairy-based foods and restrictive diets more generally. Her other research interests include (i) investigating novel psychological factors which may underpin the uptake and maintenance of health-promoting behaviours (ii) understanding the role of implicit cognitive and affective associations on health outcomes and decisions, and (iii) perceived food intolerances.


  • 2012–present
    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, CSIRO


  • 2011 
    University of South Australia, PhD


  • 2016
    Responses to GM food content in context with food integrity issues: results from Australian population surveys , New Biotechnology
  • 2015
    Food avoidance: some answers, more questions., Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2015
    Motivations for avoiding wheat consumption in Australia: results from a population survey , Public Health Nutrition
  • 2010
    Application of the precaution adoption process model to the promotion of consumption of an unfamiliar nutrient , International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2010
    Engagement with dietary fibre and receptiveness to resistant starch in Australia , Public Health Nutrition

Professional Memberships

  • The Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology