Nutrition and Dietetics Honours projects

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Nutrition and Dietetics Honours projects


Nutrition and dietetics research aims to improve the health of individuals, communities and populations by applying an understanding of human nutrition that is informed by a variety of knowledge areas. Research expertise across the discipline includes:

  • food choice and dietary behaviours
  • food provision and energy expenditure for athletes
  • capacity building in public health nutrition
  • maternal and infant nutrition
  • nutrition issues in the Pacific Islands
  • sustainability

If you are currently studying Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, you may be eligible to apply for the Embedded Honours pathway. For more information on research areas, please go to Nutrition and Dietetics Research.

Key research areas

Supervisor Areas

Associate Professor Fiona Pelly
Tel: +61 7 5430 2898

  • nutrition knowledge, food choice, eating behaviours and the influence on dietary intake in different populations
  • food provision and nutrition support at the Olympic and Commonwealth games
  • nutrient profiling and labelling of packaged food
  • nutrition practices of dietitians and other health professionals

Associate Professor Gary Slater
Tel: +61 7 5456 5078

  • enhancing the reliability and validity of physique assessment techniques
  • enhancing the reliability and validity of metabolic assessment techniques
  • field based estimates of energy expenditure
  • nutrient timing and its impact on body composition and performance
  • health and performance implications of adjustments in protein intake
  • dietary strategies to enhance performance of rugby union athletes
  • towards optimisation of body mass management amongst weight category sport athletes
  • nutritional practices of exercise professionals
  • nutritional ergogenic aids

Dr Hattie Wright
Tel: +61 7 5459 4775

  • Nutrition Epidemiology: Changes in lifestyle behaviour during urbanisation as well as aging and its impact on various nutrition-related health outcomes.
  • Sport Nutrition: Energy status and its relationship to reproductive function and bone mineral density in active individuals.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: Exploring nutrition interventions and best practice guidelines in health outcomes of various disease states.

Dr Jude Maher
Tel:+61 7 5456 3749

  • nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding promotion
  • settings based research
  • translational research
  • qualitative and critical methodologies in research

Dr Sarah Burkhart
Tel:+61 7 5456 5046

  • nutrition issues in the Pacific Islands
  • determinants of food choice
  • food provision, food choice, nutrition support and dietary intake at major international sporting competition
  • sustainability 
Dr Libby Swanepoel
Tel: +61 7 5456 5161 
  • capacity building in public health nutrition
  • nutrition during pregnancy and infancy
  • breastfeeding promotion
  • qualitative methodologies in research

Dr Anthony Villani
Tel: +61 7 5456 3546

  • nutrition and ageing
  • body composition assessment in the elderly
  • sarcopenia and frailty
  • Mediterranean diets
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