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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2016

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

Mr Sisitha Jayasinghe, Dr Gavin Lambert, Dr Susan Torres, Dr Steve Fraser, Nina Eikelis, Dr Anne Turner

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

journal
2015

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

Mr Sisitha Jayasinghe, Dr Susan Torres, Dr Steve Fraser, Dr Anne Turner

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 1186-1192, Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism, Ottawa, On., C1-1

journal
2014

Does personality affect dietary intake?

Mr Trevor Lunn, Prof Caryl Nowson, Anthony Worsley, Dr Susan 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

Mr Sisitha Jayasinghe, Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl Nowson, Prof Alan Tilbrook, Dr Anne 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

Mr Sisitha Jayasinghe, Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl Nowson, A J Tilbrook, Dr 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.

Dr Susan Torres

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

journal

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

Miss Stacey Eyres, Dr Anne Turner, Prof Caryl Nowson, Dr Susan Torres

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

journal
2012

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

Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl Nowson

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

journal
2010

Depression, nutritional risk and eating behaviour in older caregivers

Dr Susan Torres, Prof Marita Mc Cabe, Prof Caryl Nowson

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

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Does stress induce salt intake?

Dr Susan Torres, Dr Anne Turner, Prof Caryl Nowson

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

journal
2008

Dietary electrolytes are related to mood

Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl Nowson, Prof Tony Worsley

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

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2007

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

Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl Nowson

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

journal

Relationship between stress, eating behavior and obesity

Dr Susan Torres, Prof Caryl 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

Prof Caryl Nowson, Prof Tony Worsley, Dr Claire Margerison, Michelle K Jorna, Mandy G. Frame, Dr Susan Torres, Mrs Sandra Godfrey

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

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2002

Direct patient contacts of dietetic students during their final clinical placement

Dr Susan Torres, Ms Jane Winter, Ms Helen Matters, Prof Caryl Nowson

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

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