Dr Susan Torres

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head Of School (Teaching And Learning, Food, Nutrition And Dietetics)

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Master of Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin University, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2008
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2011

Contact

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

Research interests

Dr Torres’ research assesses the relationship between indicators of 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 relationship between anxiety and fat taste, and how stress response differs in lean versus obese individuals.

Affiliations

Nutrition Society of Australia

Teaching interests

HSN202 Lifespan Nutrition
HSN708 Nutrition Promotion
HSN740 Nutrition Research Skills
Supervisor of honours and PhD students
Course Director: Post Graduate Human Nutrition

Conferences

AI Turner, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, SU Jayasinghe, 2013, Overweight and obesity influence cortisol response to food ingestion in men, Poster, Endocrine Society National Conference, San Francisco, California, United States
SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner, 2013, Physiological responses to psychological stress; importance of adiposity in men, Poster, Endocrine Society National Conference, San Francisco, California, United States
SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner, 2012, Salivary alpha amylase (sAA) response to psychological stress in lean and overweight/obese men, Oral, Endocrine Society of Australia National Conference, Australia
SU Jayasinghe, SJ Torres, E Townsin, CA Nowson, AJ Tilbrook, AI Turner, 2011, Cortisol response to food ingestion in lean and overweight/obese men, Oral, Endocrine Society of Australia National Conference, Australia
LP Newman, SJ Torres, RSJ Keast, 2011, Test-retest reliability of fat thresholds, Poster, Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand
SJ Torres, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, H Simkin, P Kremer, P Lewandowski, S Brumby, 2011, Test-retest reliability of fat thresholds.  Psychological distress, physical inactivity and obesity in farm men and women – the “Farming Fit” study, Poster, Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand
SJ Torres, A Chandrasekara, S McCoombe, H Simkin, P Kremer, P Lewandowski, S Brumby, 2011, Psychological distress, physical inactivity and obesity in farm men and women – the “Farming Fit” study, Poster, Public Health Association Australia 2nd National Food Futures Conference, Hobart, Australia
CE Huggins, S Torres, S Willder, S Brumby, CA Nowson, 2010, Pilot study assessing sodium and potassium intakes in Australian farm families, Poster, Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth, Australia
SJ Torres, N Wattanapenpaiboon, K Greenop, C Beer, L Flicker, NT Lautenschlager, CA Nowson, 2010, Dietary patterns are associated with cognition among older people with mild cognitive impairment, Oral, Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth ,Australia
SJ Torres, AI Turner, E Townsin, SU Jayasinghe, CA Nowson, 2010, The effect of overweight and obesity on blood pressure responses and recovery to acute psychological stress in men, Oral, Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth, Australia

Professional activities

Member of the Faculty Academic and Progress Committee

Publications

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, C1

journal

Does personality affect dietary intake?

T Lunn, C Nowson, A Worsley, S Torres

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

journal
2010

Does stress induce salt intake?

S Torres, A Turner, C Nowson

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

journal

Relationship between stress, eating behavior and obesity

S Torres, C Nowson

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

journal

Grants

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