Associate Professor Fiona Pelly

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Associate Professor Fiona Pelly


Teaching areas

  • Nutrition research design and methods
  • Food Service Systems - menu design and evaluation
  • Influences on food choice

Research areas

  • Food provision and nutrition support for athletes at major competition
  • The relationship between nutrition and food knowledge, food choice, dietary intake and eating behaviours
  • Development and evaluation of appropriate nutrition labelling and endorsement of packaged food
  • Development and evaluation of environmental nutrition interventions to improve nutrient intake
  • Evaluation of curriculum design, teaching practices and assessment of competency in nutrition and dietetics training


Associate Professor Fiona Pelly is the Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 22 years’ experience, including 17 years in the area of sports nutrition, and has extensive experience in private practice and consultancy to The Wiggles (10 years), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Rugby League (NRL) teams, and individual Olympians.

Fiona has worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast for the past 12 years and is responsible for establishing the discipline area of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2011, she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning for her leadership in curriculum development.

Fiona is internationally recognised for her expertise in food provision at major sporting competition events, and has evaluated the menu for six Olympic and two Commonwealth Games since 2000.

Fiona is interested in the translation of knowledge about nutrition and nutrient requirements into food and whole diets, diet quality, and eating behaviours. While she has a strength in the application to athletes and active individuals, her research has branched into many other population groups. She is also interested in nutrition and dietetic practice, and the relationship to student training.

Further details can be found at Food provision and nutrition support at major athletic competition.

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