Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Susan Torres

Position Senior Lecturer
Email susan.torres@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 92446189
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus


Role and profile
Dr Susan Torres is a lecturer in Nutrition at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Dr Torres is a member of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) and her research assesses the relationship between indicators of mental health and dietary intake.


Teaching responsibilities
HSN202 Lifespan Nutrition
HSN708 Nutrition Promotion
HSN740 Nutrition Research Skills
Supervisor of honours and PhD students
Deputy Course Coordinator: Post Graduate Human Nutrition



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.


Memberships
Nutrition Society of Australia


Service to the University, discipline or community
Member of the Faculty Academic and Progress Committee


Conferences
Huggins CE, Torres S, Willder S, Brumby S, Nowson CA. (2010). ‘Pilot study assessing sodium and potassium intakes in Australian farm families’ (Poster presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth.
Torres SJ, Wattanapenpaiboon N, Greenop K, Beer C, Flicker L, Lautenschlager NT, Nowson CA. (2010). ‘Dietary patterns are associated with cognition among older people with mild cognitive impairment’ (Oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth.
Torres SJ, Turner AI, Townsin E, Jayasinghe SU, Nowson CA. (2010). ‘The effect of overweight and obesity on blood pressure responses and recovery to acute psychological stress in men’ (Oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Perth.
Jayasinghe SU, Torres SJ, Townsin E, Nowson CA, Tilbrook AJ, Turner AI. (2010). ‘Salivary cortisol responses to acute psychological stress in lean and overweight/obese men’ (Poster presentation). Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, Melbourne.
Huggins CE, Torres S, Willder S, Brumby S, Nowson CA. (2010). ‘Pilot study assessing sodium and potassium intakes in Australian farm families’ (Oral presentation). National Centre for Farmer Health Inaugural Conference, Hamilton, Victoria.
Torres SJ, Nowson CA. (2009). ‘Participation in a dietary intervention study improves mood in postmenopausal women.’ Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Newcastle, Australia.
Torres SJ, Nowson CA, Willenberg LJ, van der Pligt P, McCabe MP. (2008). ‘Depression, nutritional risk and eating behaviour in older carers’ (Oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Torres SJ, Nowson CA. (2007). ‘The relationship of dietary intake to mood and cortisol’ (Oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Torres SJ, Nowson CA. (2006). ‘The effect of dietary modifications on cortisol secretion’(Oral presentation). Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Torres SJ, Nowson CA. (2005). ‘The effect of weight loss on blood pressure response to acute mental stress.’ Nutrition Society of Australia National Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

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