Dr Sharleen O'Reilly



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Dublin University, 2004
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008



Dr Sharleen O'Reilly is a NHMRC TRIP Fellow and senior lecturer within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Sharleen teaches at postgraduate level and co-ordinates student dietetic placements in addition to supervision of research and honours degree students.

Dr. O'Reilly is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) and has an active research interest in a range of issues relating to the translation of lifestyle behaviour change into the prevention of chronic disease (diabetes and heart disease primarily).

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Research interests

Dr. Sharleen O'Reilly's research is primarily related to the translation of research into practice particularly in the area of preventing of diabetes and heart disease through lifestyle behaviour change. 

Her current research is focused on women who have had gestational diabetes and developing ways of preventing diabetes through better care being provided by GPs and national information sources. Other aspects to current research are working with populations at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (women who have had gestational diabetes and older adults) to reduce their risk through tailored lifestyle behaviour change programs.

Previous research has focused on the role of folate in the health of the large intestine and whether folic acid supplementation can help promote better bowel health.


Dietitians Association of Australia and Accredited Practising Dietitian program

Nutrition Society of Australia

Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

Units taught

Course Director Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition courses (H511, H517, H616, H714) 2007-2012

Deputy Course Director Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition courses (H511, H517, H616, H714) 2012-13

Unit Chair HSN745 Community Nutrition 2006-to date

Unit Chair HSN720 Nutritional Issues in Diabetes 2010-2013

Supervision 1 PhD student

Research groups

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research


Deakin University Teaching Excellence Award 2011

Faculty of Health (Deakin University) 2011 Award for Innovation

FASEB (Folic acid, vitamin B12 and one-carbon metabolism section) 2004 outstanding young scientist award invited short presentation.

TCD Directors Award 1999 for the best presentation of dissertation/thesis.


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Folic acid supplementation in postpolypectomy patients in a randomized controlled trial increases tissue folate concentrations and reduces aberrant DNA biomarkers in colonic tissues adjacent to the former polyp site

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Angela P McGlynn, Helene McNulty, Mr John Reynolds, Gillian R Wasson, Anne M. Molloy, JJ Strain, Donald G. Weir, Mary Ward, George McKerr, John Scott

(2016), Vol. 146, pp. 933-939, Journal of nutrition, Rockville, Md., C1


Transitions in reflective practice: exploring student development and preferred methods of engagement

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Julia Milner

(2015), Vol. 72, pp. 150-155, Nutrition & dietetics, London, Eng., C1


Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students during clinical placement: strategies from both sides of the table

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Julia Milner

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-12, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1


Intervention fidelity for a complex behaviour change intervention in community pharmacy addressing cardiovascular disease risk

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, J George, Prof Gregory Peterson, Shane Jackson, Gregory J. Duncan, H Howarth, Prof James Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 897-909, Health education research, Oxford, Eng., C1


Effective strategies for weight loss in post-partum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dr Siew Lim, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, H Behrens, Prof Timothy C Skinner, I. Ellis, Prof James Dunbar

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 972-987, Obesity reviews, London, Eng, C1


Who's responsible for the care of women during and after a pregnancy affected by gestational diabetes?

Dr Shelley Wilkinson, Dr Siew Lim, Susan Upham, Andrew Pennington, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Dino Asproloupos, H David McIntyre, Prof James Dunbar

(2014), Vol. 201, pp. 78-81, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1


Prevention of diabetes after gestational diabetes : Better translation of nutrition and lifestyle messages needed

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 468-491, Healthcare, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Low colonocyte folate is associated with uracil misincorporation and global DNA hypomethylation in human colorectum

Angela P McGlynn, Gillian R Wasson, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Helene McNulty, C S Downes, Chin-Kuo Chang, Leane Hoey, Anne M. Molloy, Mary Ward, J.J. Strain, George McKerr, D G weir, John Scott

(2013), Vol. 143, pp. 27-33, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1-1


The Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study (MDPS) : study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Nathalie Davis-Lameloise, Ms Andrea Hernan, Edward Janus, Ms Elizabeth Stewart, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Ben Philpot, Prof Erkki Vartiainen, Prof James Dunbar

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-9, Trials, London, England, C1


Development and validation of the Diet Quality Tool for use in cardiovascular disease prevention settings

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Laura McCann

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 138-147, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Tess O'Shea, Sibusiso Bhusumane

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 356-360, Journal of immigrant and minority health, New York, N.Y., C1


Implementation salvage experiences from the Melbourne diabetes prevention study

Prof James Dunbar, Ms Andrea Hernan, Edward Janus, Nathalie Davis-Lameloise, Dino Asproloupos, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Amy Timoshanko, Ms Elizabeth Stewart, Prof Catherine Bennett, Greg Johnson, Prof Rob Carter

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, BMC public health, London, England, C1-1


Scaling-up from an implementation trial to state-wide coverage : results from the preliminary Melbourne Diabetes Prevention Study

Edward Janus, Prof James Best, Dr Nathalie Davis, Ben Philpot, Ms Andrea Hernan, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Prof Rob Carter, Prof Erkki Vartiainen, Prof James Dunbar

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 1-6, BioMed Central Ltd, London, England, C1


Relationship of urinary sodium and sodium-to-potassium ratio to blood pressure in older adults in Australia

Dr Kate Huggins, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Dr Maree Brinkman, Ms Allison Hodge, Graham Giles, Dallas R English, Prof Caryl Nowson

(2011), Vol. 195, pp. 128-132, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W, C1


Association of western and traditional diets with depression and anxiety in women

A/Prof Felice Jacka, Prof Julie Pasco, Arnstein Mykletun, Dr Lana Williams, Ms Allison Hodge, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Prof Geoffrey Nicholson, Mark A. Katowice, Prof Michael Berk

(2010), Vol. 167, pp. 305-311, American journal of psychiatry, Arlington, Va., C1-1


The role of folate in colorectal cancer : human studies into folate in those at risk of colorectal cancer

Dr Sharleen O'Reilly

(2010), Kohn, Germany, A1


Global DNA and p53 region-specific hypomethylation in human colonic cells is induced by folate depletion and reversed by folate supplementation.

Gillian R Wasson, Angela P McGlynn, Helene McNulty, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Valerie McKelvey-Martin, George McKerr, J.J. Strain, John Scott, Stephen C Downes

(2006), Vol. 136, pp. 2748-2753, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1


Detection of replicative integrity in small colonic biopsies using the BrdUrd comet assay

Angela P McGlynn, Gillian R Wasson, Dr Sharleen O'Reilly, Valerie McKelvey-Martin, Helene McNulty, J.J. Strain, George McKerr, F Mullan, N Mahmud, John Scott, D G weir, C S Downes

(2003), Vol. 88, pp. 895-901, British journal of cancer, London, England, C1-1