Alumni in profile

Dr Alison Booth
Doctor of Philosophy 2008

Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) (Hons) 2004
Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) 2003 and
Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Sciences) 2000

Alison completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition)(Hons) in 2004, after gaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Sciences) in 2000 and has just completed her PhD as a scholarship holder in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

As part of her PhD entitled, Implementation Strategies and Effectiveness of Nutritional Messages for Improving Health , Alison had the opportunity to develop, organise, run and analyse various related research projects.

Alison's thesis concentrated on missed opportunities for General Practitioners to assist overweight patients with dietary and exercise weight management.

One of the 'perks' that Alison enjoyed as part of her studies at Deakin was the opportunity to travel interstate and internationally to attend and present at various conferences. Also whilst undertaking her undergraduate degree, Alison was able to spend a semester completing four of her core food science and nutrition units at the University of Manitoba in Canada which she described as 'an opportunity too good to miss!'

Alison initially chose Deakin because of its location and the large range of units that were of interest to her, especially in the fields of exercise science, psychology, nutrition and health, which, made the decision even easier.

'I would recommend for new students, particularly those straight out of high school, to select a variety of units from different disciplines for electives ,' she said.

In the future Alison plans to take up a post-doctoral fellowship. 'My courses have certainly helped my career. I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop many invaluable skills for future employment through the support I have received from the School, my supervisor and other staff .'

Alison also spent time as the Deakin Food Sciences and Nutrition Chapter developer and coordinator in 2007 and 2008.

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