Profile image of Susan Torres

Dr Susan Torres

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2008
Master of Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin University, 1996
Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1994

Contact

susan.torres@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46189

Research interests

Dr Torres’ research assesses the relationship between mental health and dietary intake. She has conducted intervention studies assessing the impact of dietary modifications and weight loss on mood, anxiety and blood pressure responses to stress. Recently, Dr Torres has been investigating the effect of weight loss on stress, and how dietary intake is associated with depression.  Her future research will address how lifestyle interventions such as diet and weight loss can influence mental health.  Dr Torres is also an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist.

Affiliations

Nutrition Society of Australia

Dietitian's Association of Australia

Teaching interests

Nutrition research methodology and Nutrition during infancy, childhood and adolescence.

Knowledge areas

Nutrition, dietary intake, mental health

Conferences

2017

Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
Oral presentation: SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, M Hussain, S Fraser, G Lambert, AI Turner.  Fitter women do not have attenuated hemodynamic responses to psychological stress

Annual Meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
Poster presentation: AI Turner, C Grimes, CA Nowson, SU Jayasinghe, C Bruce, S Mason, F He, SJ Torres.  Sodium intake was positively associated with cortisol excretion in a cross-sectional sample of Australian school children

International Conference of Research in Physical Activity and Health, Spain
Esteban-Gonzalo L, Turner AI, Torres SJ, Esteban-Cornejo I, Verónica Cabanas V, Veiga OL. Quality of mediterranean diet and health related quality of life in spanish adolescents. the Up & Down study

2016

Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference
Poster presentation: M Hart, C Milte, S Torres, M Thorpe, S McNaughton. Associations between dietary patterns and depressive symptoms in older adults

2015

Endocrine’s Society’s Annual Meeting 2015
Poster presentation: SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner.  Sympatho-Adrenal Medullary (SAM) System and Hypothalamo-Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) Axis Responses to Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) Is Independent of Physical Fitness in Women Aged 30-50 Years

International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment Conference
Poster presentation:  RL Huddy, SJ Torres; CM Milte; SA McNaughton; M Techyenne; KJ Campbell. Associations between dietary intake, diet quality and depressive symptoms in first-time mothers

45th Annual ISPNE Conference
Poster presentation: SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner.  Cortisol and catecholamine responses to Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) are independent of Physical Fitness in Women Aged 30-50 Years

2014

Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting
Oral presentation: Anne I Turner, Susan J Torres, Caryl A Nowson, Alan J Tilbrook, Sisitha U Jayasinghe. Cortisol response to food intake in men: Influence of overweight and obesity
2013 Endocrine Society National Conference
Poster presentation:  AI Turner, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, SU Jayasinghe.  Overweight and obesity influence cortisol response to food ingestion in men. 

Endocrine Society National Conference
Poster presentation:  SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner.  Physiological responses to psychological stress; importance of adiposity in men.

Australian Physiological Society
Oral presentation: SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, SF Fraser, AI Turner
Reactivity to psychological stress in premenopausal women: Impact of cardiorespiratory fitness and cardio-metabolic risk

Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference
Poster presentation:  TE Lunn, CA Nowson, A Worsley SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner.  The relationship between personality and dietary intake in overweight and obese men.

2012

Endocrine Society of Australia National Conference
Oral presentation:  SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner.  Salivary alpha amylase (sAA) response to psychological stress in lean and overweight/obese men

Professional activities

Member of the following Deakin University committee's

Graduate Employment Committee- School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Chair)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Nutrition Course team

Research groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition

Awards

2016 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
2011 Faculty Award for Excellence
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University
Development of School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences careers website

2002-2007 Dairy Research Development Corporation PhD scholarship

2007 Nutrition Society of Australia Travel Grant

2006 Nutrition Society of Australia Travel Grant

2002 Nutrition Society of Australia Travel Grant

1993 Awarded HECS exemption scholarship for academic excellence

Publications

Filter by

2017

Fitter women did not have attenuated hemodynamic responses to psychological stress compared with age-matched women with lower levels of fitness

S Jayasinghe, S Torres, M Hussein, S Fraser, G Lambert, A Turner

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-18, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Effects of progressive resistance training combined with a protein-enriched lean red meat diet on health-related quality of life in elderly women: secondary analysis of a 4-month cluster randomised controlled trial

S Torres, S Robinson, L Orellana, S O'Connell, C Grimes, N Mundell, D Dunstan, C Nowson, R Daly

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 1550-1559, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Hypothalamo-pituitary adrenal axis and sympatho-adrenal medullary system responses to psychological stress were not attenuated in women with elevated physical fitness levels

S Jayasinghe, G Lambert, S Torres, S Fraser, N Eikelis, A Turner

(2016), Vol. 51, pp. 369-379, Endocrine, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Dietary fat restriction increases fat taste sensitivity in people with obesity

L Newman, D Bolhuis, S Torres, R Keast

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 328-334, Obesity, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal

Higher adherence to the Australian dietary guidelines is associated with better mental health status among Australian adult first-time mothers

R Huddy, S Torres, C Milte, S McNaughton, M Teychenne, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 1406-1412, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The influence of a high-fat meal on fat taste thresholds

L Newman, S Torres, D Bolhuis, R Keast

(2016), Vol. 101, pp. 199-204, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2015

Cortisol, blood pressure, and heart rate responses to food intake were independent of physical fitness levels in women

S Jayasinghe, S Torres, S Fraser, A Turner

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 1186-1192, Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism, Ottawa, On., C1

journal
2014

Does diet-induced weight change effect anxiety in overweight and obese adults?

S Eyres, A Turner, C Nowson, S Torres

(2014), Vol. 30, pp. 10-15, Nutrition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Mediators of the relationship between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms amongst disadvantaged women

M Teychenne, S Torres, S McNaughton, J Salmon, K Ball

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 30-36, Mental health and physical activity, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Does personality affect dietary intake?

T Lunn, C Nowson, A Worsley, S Torres

(2014), Vol. 30, pp. 403-409, Nutrition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Physiological responses to psychological stress: importance of adiposity in men aged 50-70 years

S Jayasinghe, S Torres, C Nowson, A Tilbrook, A Turner

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 110-119, Endocrine connections, Bristol, England, C1

journal

Cortisol, alpha amylase, blood pressure and heart rate responses to food intake in men aged 50-70 years : importance of adiposity

Sisitha Jayasinghe, Susan Torres, Caryl Nowson, Alan Tilbrook, Anne Turner

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 1-10, BMC obesity, London, England, C1

journal

The effect of overweight/obesity on cardiovascular responses to acute psychological stress in men aged 50-70 years.

S Torres, A Turner, S Jayasinghe, J Reynolds, C Nowson

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 339-350, Obesity Facts, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal
2013

The effect of physical activity on psychological distress, cortisol and obesity: results of the farming fit intervention program

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, P Kremer, S Torres, S McCoombe, P Lewandowski

(2013), Vol. 13, pp. 1-15, BMC public health, London, England, C1

journal
2012

A moderate-sodium DASH-type diet improves mood in postmenopausal women

S Torres, C Nowson

(2012), Vol. 28, pp. 896-900, Nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Dietary patterns are associated with cognition among older people with mild cognitive impairment

S Torres, N Lautenschlager, N Wattanapenpaiboon, K Greenop, C Beer, L Flicker, H Alfonso, C Nowson

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 1542-1551, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1

journal
2011

Reducing psychological distress and obesity in Australian farmers by promoting physical activity

S Brumby, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, S Torres, P Kremer, P Lewandowski

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-7, BMC Public Health, London, England, C1

journal
2010

Does stress induce salt intake?

S Torres, A Turner, C Nowson

(2010), Vol. 103, pp. 1562-1568, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Depression, nutritional risk and eating behaviour in older caregivers

S Torres, M McCabe, C Nowson

(2010), Vol. 14, pp. 442-448, Journal of nutrition, health and aging, New York, N. Y., C1

journal
2008

Dietary electrolytes are related to mood

S Torres, C Nowson, A Worsley

(2008), Vol. 100, pp. 1038-1045, British journal of nutrition : an international journal of nutritional science, Cambridge, England, C1

journal
2007

Effect of a weight-loss program on mental stress-induced cardiovascular responses and recovery

S Torres, C Nowson

(2007), Vol. 23, pp. 521-528, Nutrition, London, England, C1

journal

Relationship between stress, eating behavior and obesity

S Torres, C Nowson

(2007), Vol. 23, pp. 887-894, Nutrition, London, England, C1

journal
2004

Blood pressure response to dietary modifications in free-living individuals 1,2

C Nowson, A Worsley, C Margerison, M Jorna, A Frame, S Torres, S Godfrey

(2004), Vol. 134, pp. 2322-2329, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, MD, C1

journal
2002

Direct patient contacts of dietetic students during their final clinical placement

S Torres, J Winter, H Matters, C Nowson

(2002), Vol. 59, pp. 18-22, Nutrition & dietetics, Deakin, A.C.T., C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Development of a Gold Standard Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial in Men Targeting Weight Loss and Fat Mass Loss

Prof Caryl Nowson, Dr Susan Torres, Dr Lisa Newman

DIA Grant - Research - Dairy Innovation Australia Limited

  • 2015: $12,250

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2015

Sisitha Jayasinghe

Thesis entitled: Responsiveness to psychological stress and food intake: The influence of adiposity in men and physical activity in women

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2014

Lisa Newman

Thesis entitled: Oral fatty acid sensitivity and dietary fat consumption

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences