Dr Christina Zorbas



Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


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A systems framework for implementing healthy food retail in grocery settings

C Zorbas, M Blake, A Brown, A Peeters, S Allender, J Brimblecombe, A Cameron, J Whelan, M Ferguson, L Alston, T Boelsen-Robinson

(2024), Vol. 24, pp. 137-, BMC Public Health, England, C1

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Perceptions towards unhealthy food sponsorship in junior sports in Victoria, Australia

C Zorbas, F Martino, T Heneghan, J Potter, M Chisholm, A Cameron, G Sacks, J Ananthapavan, K Backholer

(2023), Vol. 47, pp. 1-10, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Dietary patterns in rural and metropolitan Australia: a cross-sectional study exploring dietary patterns, inflammation and association with cardiovascular disease risk factors

L Alston, M Nichols, S Allender, V Versace, L Brown, T Schumacher, G Howard, J Shikany, K Bolton, K Livingstone, C Zorbas, S Judd

(2023), Vol. 13, pp. e069475-, BMJ open, England, C1

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Strengthening local government policies to address health inequities: perspectives from Australian local government stakeholders

Sally Schultz, Christina Zorbas, Anna Peeters, Serene Yoong, Kathryn Backholer

(2023), Vol. 22, pp. 1-14, International Journal for Equity in Health, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Citizen science approaches to crowdsourcing food environment data: A scoping review of the literature

Jacqueline Monaghan, Kathryn Backholer, Amy‐Louise McKelvey, Rebecca Christidis, Ann Borda, Cobi Calyx, Alessandro Crocetti, Christine Driessen, Christina Zorbas

(2023), Vol. 24, pp. 1-30, Obesity Reviews, London, Eng., C1

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Nutritional status of school-age children (5-19 years) in South Asia: A scoping review

T Choedon, E Brennan, W Joe, N Lelijveld, O Huse, C Zorbas, K Backholer, Z Murira, S Wrottesley, V Sethi

(2023), pp. e13607-, Maternal and Child Nutrition, England, C1

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The potential influence of the digital food retail environment on health: A systematic scoping review of the literature

R Bennett, M Keeble, C Zorbas, G Sacks, C Driessen, L Grigsby-Duffy, J Adams, T Burgoine, K Backholer

(2023), pp. 1-16, Obesity Reviews, London, Eng., C1

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Costing recommended (healthy) and current (unhealthy) diets in urban and inner regional areas of Australia using remote price collection methods

C Zorbas, R Brooks, R Bennett, A Lee, J Marshall, S Naughton, M Lewis, A Peeters, K Backholer

(2022), Vol. 25, pp. 528-537, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

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Policies to restrict unhealthy food and beverage advertising in outdoor spaces and on publicly owned assets: A scoping review of the literature

A Chung, C Zorbas, D Riesenberg, A Sartori, K Kennington, J Ananthapavan, K Backholer

(2022), Vol. 23, pp. 1-15, Obesity Reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

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The Magnitude of NCD Risk Factors in Ethiopia: Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review of Evidence

F Tesfay, K Backholer, C Zorbas, S Bowe, L Alston, C Bennett

(2022), Vol. 19, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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Prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases in Ethiopia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence

F Tesfay, C Zorbas, L Alston, K Backholer, S Bowe, C Bennett

(2022), Vol. 10, Frontiers in Public Health, Switzerland, C1

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Shifting the social determinants of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic: the Australian experience

C Zorbas, J Browne, A Chung, A Peeters, S Booth, C Pollard, S Allender, A Isaacs, C Hawkes, K Backholer

(2022), Food Security, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Factors influencing sweet drink consumption among preschool-age children: A qualitative analysis

A Chung, K Backholer, C Zorbas, L Hanna, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 96-106, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

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Streamlined data-gathering techniques to estimate the price and affordability of healthy and unhealthy diets under different pricing scenarios

C Zorbas, A Lee, A Peeters, M Lewis, T Landrigan, K Backholer

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 1-11, Public Health Nutrition, C1

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Retailer-led healthy pricing interventions: A pilot study within aquatic and recreation centres in Victoria, Australia

O Huse, L Orellana, M Ferguson, C Palermo, A Jerebine, C Zorbas, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, A Peeters, J Brimblecombe, M Moodie, K Backholer

(2021), Vol. 36, pp. 430-448, Health Promotion International, England, C1

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Differential exposure to, and potential impact of, unhealthy advertising to children by socio-economic and ethnic groups: A systematic review of the evidence

K Backholer, A Gupta, C Zorbas, R Bennett, O Huse, A Chung, A Isaacs, G Golds, B Kelly, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 22, Obesity Reviews, England, C1

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National nutrition policy in high-income countries: Is health equity on the agenda?

C Zorbas, J Browne, A Chung, P Baker, C Palermo, E Reeve, A Peeters, K Backholer

(2021), Vol. 79, pp. 1100-1113, Nutrition Reviews, United States, C1

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The nature and extent of online marketing by big food and big alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: Content analysis study

F Martino, R Brooks, J Browne, N Carah, C Zorbas, K Corben, E Saleeba, J Martin, A Peeters, K Backholer

(2021), Vol. 7, JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, Canada, C1

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The 'Eat Well @ IGA' healthy supermarket randomised controlled trial: process evaluation

M Blake, G Sacks, C Zorbas, J Marshall, L Orellana, A Brown, M Moodie, C Ni Mhurchu, J Ananthapavan, F Etilé, A Cameron

(2021), Vol. 18, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, England, C1

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A Critical Analysis of Representations of Inequalities in Childhood Obesity in Australian Health Policy Documents

Alexandra Chung, Christina Zorbas, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer, Jennifer Browne


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A Systematic Review of Health Promotion Programs to Improve Nutrition for People with Intellectual Disability

S Dean, J Marshall, E Whelan, J Watson, C Zorbas, A Cameron

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 255-266, Current Nutrition Reports, United States, C1

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Recreation centre managers' perceptions of pricing interventions to promote healthy eating

Oliver Huse, Christina Zorbas, Alethea Jerebine, Ari Kurzeme, Miranda Blake, Megan Ferguson, Claire Palermo, Anna Peeters, Liliana Orellana, Julie Brimblecombe, Marj Moodie, Kathryn Backholer

(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 682-691, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Do purchases of price promoted and generic branded foods and beverages vary according to food category and income level? Evidence from a consumer research panel

C Zorbas, H Eyles, L Orellana, A Peeters, C Mhurchu, D Riesenberg, K Backholer

(2020), Vol. 144, Appetite, C1

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Prevalence of healthy and unhealthy food and beverage price promotions and their potential influence on shopper purchasing behaviour: a systematic review of the literature

R Bennett, C Zorbas, O Huse, A Peeters, A Cameron, G Sacks, K Backholer

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 1-21, Obesity Reviews, London, Eng., C1

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The potential cost-effectiveness of mandatory restrictions on price promotions for sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

O Huse, J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, A Cameron, C Zorbas, A Peeters, M Moodie, J Martin, K Backholer

(2020), Vol. 44, pp. 1011-1020, International Journal of Obesity, London, Eng., C1

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The Relationship Between Feasting Periods and Weight Gain: a Systematic Scoping Review

C Zorbas, E Reeve, S Naughton, C Batis, J Whelan, G Waqa, C Bell

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 39-62, Current obesity reports, C1

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Getting the Price Right: How Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Strategies Address Food and Beverage Pricing Within High-Income Countries

C Zorbas, L Grigsby-Duffy, K Backholer

(2020), Vol. 9, pp. 42-53, Current Nutrition Reports, C1

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The frequency and magnitude of price-promoted beverages available for sale in Australian supermarkets

C Zorbas, B Gilham, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, A Peeters, A Cameron, J Wu, K Backholer

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 346-351, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1

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Investigating business outcomes of healthy food retail strategies: a systematic scoping review

M Blake, K Backholer, E Lancsar, T Boelsen-Robinson, C Mah, J Brimblecombe, C Zorbas, N Billich, A Peeters

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 1384-1399, Obesity Reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Price promotions by food category and product healthiness in an Australian supermarket chain, 2017-2018

Devorah Riesenberg, Kathryn Backholer, Christina Zorbas, Gary Sacks, Anna Paix, Josephine Marshall, Miranda Blake, Rebecca Bennett, Anna Peeters, Adrian Cameron

(2019), Vol. 109, pp. 1434-1439, American journal of public health, Washington, D.C., C1

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Factors perceived to influence healthy eating: a systematic review and meta-ethnographic synthesis of the literature

Christina Zorbas, Claire Palermo, Alexandra Chung, Isabel Iguacel, Anna Peeters, Rebecca Bennett, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 76, pp. 861-874, Nutrition reviews, Oxford, Eng., C1

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"Healthier options tend to get lost in the noise of online" - Australian shoppers' experiences with online grocery platforms

Rebecca Bennett, Christine Driessen, Christina Zorbas, Gary Sacks, Adyya Gupta, Adrian Cameron, Clara Gomez Donoso, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer

(), pp. 1-29, Public Health Nutrition, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A spatial, systems and solution focused approach to understanding food environment factors that influence dietary risks of Australians living in rural and remote areas

Dr Cindy Needham, Dr Laura Alston, Dr Christina Zorbas, Dr Jane Jacobs

MRFF (NHMRC) Early to Mid-Career Researchers

  • 2024: $349,515

Other Public Sector Funding

ADVANCing Equity and commUnity voiceS in food policymaking (ADVANCE-US)

Dr Christina Zorbas

VicHealth Research Fellowship

  • 2024: $38,633
  • 2023: $81,125
  • 2022: $89,000

Research project to assess affordability of locally grown produce in the Loddon Compaspe region.

Dr Christina Zorbas, Prof Kathryn Backholer

City of Greater Bendigo

  • 2023: $19,774

Industry and Other Funding

Developing novel methods to monitor the digital marketing of products that increase the risk of cancer to children: An intelligent systems approach

Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Asim Bhatti, Prof Chee Peng Lim, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Colin Bell, Dr Becky Freeman, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, Dr Christina Zorbas, Jane Martin

Cancer Council Victoria Grant - Research

  • 2022: $95,849
  • 2021: $191,699
  • 2020: $95,849

Effectiveness of Interventions delivered by local council to address the social determinants of health.

Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Tony LaMontagne, Dr Shane Kavanagh, Dr Christina Zorbas

The Sax Institute

  • 2019: $25,000

Better Knowledge for Better Diets and Growth of Adolescent Girls in South Asia.

Prof Kathryn Backholer, Dr Christina Zorbas, Mr Oliver Huse, Dr Erica Reeve

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

  • 2022: $73,087

Better Knowledge for Better Diets and Growth of Adolescent Girls in South Asia (Phase 2)

Prof Kathryn Backholer, Dr Christina Zorbas, Dr Cherie Russell, Mr Oliver Huse, Dr Navoda Liyana Pathirana, Ms Ella Robinson

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

  • 2023: $74,861

Analyzing Global Commitments to Food Security and Diets.

Dr Christina Zorbas, Prof Kathryn Backholer

International Food Policy Research Institute

  • 2024: $19,480
  • 2023: $23,191


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