Senior Research Fellow, University of Waikato

I am an applied researcher, innovator and entrepreneur in women's health: physical activity and sport performance. Upon completion of my PhD in 2007, I stepped away from pure sport science, to encompass human performance in both the general and elite female populations across the lifespan as a senior staff scientist at Stanford University (in the Prevention Research Center). In June 2012, I had my daughter and at this time, took a step into the consumer goods and start up markets to launch a second company based upon my research in hydration and sport performance. Prior I have also written a science-based layperson's book written to explain sex differences in training and nutrition across the lifespan (Roar: https://www.amazon.com/ROAR-Fitness-Physiology-Optimum-Performance/dp/1623366860). Both the consumer product company and the book challenged the existing dogma for women in exercise, nutrition, and health outcomes.
My contributions to the international research environment and the sports nutrition industry has established a new niche in sports nutrition; moreso has established my reputation as the expert in women's training, nutrition, and health. As a direct result, I have been invited to keynote several conferences, sit on research panels and working groups; co-established a new working group within High Performance Sport New Zealand to examine all aspects of improving the performance of female athletes. I have been invited to present on scientific designs of studies which properly include women and have been asked by external ethics boards for expert review on scientific design. Evidence of peer esteem is provided in being named as one of the to 50 visionaries of the running industry (2015), one of the top 40 women changing the paradigm of her field (2016), and one of the top four visionaries in the outdoor sport industry (2016).

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Waikato

Education

  • 2007 
    University of Otago, PhD