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Dr Katie Lacy

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Research interests

The major focus of Dr Lacy’s research is preventing child and adolescent obesity, especially through good nutrition. She is particularly interested in how dietary energy density and portion size influence food and energy intakes and food choices and how to improve dietary energy density and quality among children and adolescents. She is committed to promoting evidence-based strategies for moderating energy intake, particularly dietary behaviours that are also more environmentally sustainable. She has conducted research using a range of methodologies, including experimental and laboratory-based eating behaviour approaches, focus groups, interviews and analysis of surveys.

Teaching interests

Dr Lacy is Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Science and Course Director for Undergradaute Nutrition Science. She is the Geelong Campus Coordinator for nutrition-related undergraduate nutrition units and has taught a wide variety of nutrition-related topics across six units.

Units taught

Current:

HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

Previous:

HSN101 Food: Nutrition, Culture and Innovation (2012, Unit Chair 2013, 2014)
HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health (2017, 2018, 2021, Unit Chair 2015, 2020)
HSN201 Principles of Nutrition (2012-2014)
HSN211 Nutritional Physiology (2015, 2017-2018)
HSN202 Lifespan Nutrition (2012-2014)
HSN301 Diet and Disease (2012-2015, 2017-2018)
HSN103 Food: The Environment and Consumers (guest lecturer 2013-2015)
HSN360/760 International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (planning team 2013, Unit Co-Chair and study tour leader 2014)

Conferences

2017 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition, 26-29 November 2017, Adelaide, Australia. ‘Predictors of vegetable and fruit intakes among Australian children aged 18 months’ (oral presentation).

2014 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), 21-24 May 2014, San Diego, CA, USA. 'Predictors of Diet Quality Among Australian Preschool Children' (poster presentation).

2012 Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, 18-20 October 2012, Auckland, New Zealand. ‘Critical Design Features for Establishing an Australian Childhood Obesity Monitoring Program’ (poster presentation).

2011 Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, 20-22 October 2011, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. ‘Opt-out consent for an Australian childhood obesity monitoring program’ (oral presentation).

2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), 15-18 June 2011, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ‘Leisure time screen-based media use and physical activity are associated with health-related quality of life among Australian adolescents’ (poster presentation).

2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO; The Obesity Society), 20-24 October 2007, New Orleans, LA, USA. ‘Decreasing the energy density of multiple foods reduces preschool children’s energy intake over two days’ (oral presentation).

Experimental Biology 2007, 28 April - 2 May 2007, Washington, DC, USA. ‘How do energy density and portion size of an entrée influence preschool children’s energy intake?’ (oral presentation).

2006 Annual Scientific Meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO; The Obesity Society), 20-24 October 2006, Boston, MA, USA. ‘Does the energy density of an entrée influence children’s energy intake?’ (oral presentation).

Professional activities

Nutrition Society of Australia (2012-present)
Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (2012-2015)

Awards

Ian Seet Memorial Staff Engagement Award, 2018

This award was created in honour of Ian Seet to recognise an individual within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences staff who has made a significant difference to the School throughout the year, through their outstanding performance and staff engagement.

Projects

“Feasibility of evidence-based approaches for reducing the energy density of diets amongst adolescents”, funded through Faculty of Health Central Research Grants Scheme 2013.

Publications

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2021

Parenting style as a predictor of dietary score change in children from ages 4 to 14 years. Findings from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

A Burnett, K Lamb, A Spence, K Lacy, A Worsley

(2021), pp. 1-9, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Parenting styles and the dietary intake of pre-school children: a systematic review

A Burnett, K Lamb, J Mccann, F Worsley, K Lacy

(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 1326-1345, Psychology and Health, Abingdon-on-Thames, Eng., C1

journal article

Energy density of new food products targeted to children

D Azzopardi, K Lacy, J Woods

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-18, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2019

Moderation of associations between maternal parenting styles and Australian pre-school children's dietary intake by family structure and mother's employment status

Alissa Burnett, Anthony Worsley, Kathleen Lacy, Karen Lamb

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 997-1009, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Home environment predictors of vegetable and fruit intakes among Australian children aged 18 months

Kathleen Lacy, Alison Spence, Sarah McNaughton, David Crawford, Rebecca Wyse, Luke Wolfenden, Karen Campbell

(2019), Vol. 139, pp. 95-104, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The associations between sweet taste function, oral complex carbohydrate sensitivity, liking and consumption of ad libitum sweet and non-sweet carbohydrate milkshakes among female adults

J Low, K Lacy, R McBride, R Keast

(2019), Vol. 122, pp. 829-840, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Effects of breaking up sitting on adolescents' postprandial glucose after consuming meals varying in energy: a cross-over randomised trial

E Fletcher, J Salmon, S McNaughton, L Orellana, G Wadley, C Bruce, P Dempsey, K Lacy, D Dunstan

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 280-285, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Predictors of dietary energy density among preschool aged children

Nilmani Fernando, Karen Campbell, Sarah McNaughton, Miaobing Zheng, Kathleen Lacy

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-17, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Sodium content of lunches and snacks provided in Australian long day care centres: a cross-sectional study

S O'Halloran, K Lacy, C Grimes, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-11, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The associations between oral complex carbohydrate sensitivity, BMI, liking, and consumption of complex carbohydrate based foods

Julia Low, Kathleen Lacy, Robert McBride, Russell Keast

(2018), Vol. 83, pp. 2227-2236, Journal of food science, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Psychophysical evaluation of sweetness functions across multiple sweeteners

Y Low, R McBride, K Lacy, R Keast

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 111-120, Chemical senses, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

A novel processed food classification system applied to Australian food composition databases

S O'Halloran, K Lacy, C Grimes, J Woods, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 534-541, Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The provision of ultra-processed foods and their contribution to sodium availability in Australian long day care centres

S O'Halloran, K Lacy, J Woods, C Grimes, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2017), pp. 1-8, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Carbohydrate taste sensitivity is associated with starch intake and waist circumference in adults

J Low, K Lacy, R McBride, R Keast

(2017), Vol. 147, pp. 2235-2242, Journal of nutrition, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Evidence supporting oral sensitivity to complex carbohydrates independent of sweet taste sensitivity in humans

J Low, K Lacy, R McBride, R Keast

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. e0188784-e0188784, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article
2016

Dietary sources and sodium intake in a sample of Australian preschool children

S O'Halloran, C Grimes, K Lacy, C Nowson, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The importance of taste on dietary choice, behaviour and intake in a group of young adults

S Kourouniotis, R Keast, L Riddell, K Lacy, M Thorpe, S Cicerale

(2016), Vol. 103, pp. 1-7, Appetite, C1

journal article

The association between sweet taste function, anthropometry, and dietary intake in adults

J Low, K Lacy, R McBride, R Keast

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The predictors of diet quality among Australian children aged 3.5 years

L Collins, K Lacy, K Campbell, S McNaughton

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 1114-1126.e2, Journal of the academy of nutrition and dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Dietary intake and sources of potassium and the relationship to dietary sodium in a sample of Australian pre-school children

S O'Halloran, C Grimes, K Lacy, K Campbell, C Nowson

(2016), Vol. 8, pp. 1-13, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Mediating effects of dietary intake on associations of TV viewing, body mass index and metabolic syndrome in adolescents

E Fletcher, S McNaughton, K Lacy, D Dunstan, V Carson, J Salmon

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 232-240, Obesity science and practice, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal article
2015

Micronutrient supplement use and diet quality in university students

A Wiltgren, A Booth, G Kaur, S Cicerale, K Lacy, M Thorpe, R Keast, L Riddell

(2015), Vol. 7, pp. 1094-1107, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Is the relationship between sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health in adolescents independent of dietary intake? A systematic review.

E Fletcher, R Leech, S McNaughton, D Dunstan, K Lacy, J Salmon

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 795-805, Obesity reviews, London, Eng, C1

journal article

Critical design features for establishing a childhood obesity monitoring program in Australia

K Lacy, M Nichols, A De Silva, S Allender, B Swinburn, E Leslie, L Jones, P Kremer

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 369-372, Australian journal of primary health, Melbourne, Vic, C1

journal article
2014

The role of sweet taste in satiation and satiety.

Y Low, K Lacy, R Keast

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 3431-3450, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2013

Inconsistent associations between sweet drink intake and 2-year change in BMI among Victorian children and adolescents

B Jensen, M Nichols, S Allender, A De Silva-Sanigorski, L Millar, P Kremer, K Lacy, B Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 271-283, Pediatric Obesity, C1

journal article
2012

Screen time and physical activity behaviours are associated with health-related quality of life in Australian adolescents

K Lacy, S Allender, P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, L Millar, M Moodie, L Mathews, M Malakellis, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 21, pp. 1085-1099, Quality of life research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The appropriateness of opt-out consent for monitoring childhood obesity in Australia

K Lacy, P Kremer, A De Silva-Sanigorski, S Allender, E Leslie, L Jones, S Fornaro, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 7, Pediatric Obesity, C1

journal article

Consumption patterns of sweet drinks in a population of Australian children and adolescents (2003-2008)

B Jensen, M Nichols, S Allender, A De Silva-Sanigorski, L Millar, P Kremer, K Lacy, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 12, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article
2011

Government food service policies and guidelines do not create healthy school canteens

A De Silva-Sanigorski, T Breheny, L Jones, K Lacy, P Kremer, L Carpenter, K Bolton, L Prosser, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 117-121, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1

journal article

Associations between activity-related behaviours and standardized BMI among Australian adolescents

S Allender, P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, K Lacy, L Millar, L Mathews, M Malakellis, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 512-521, Journal of science and medicine in sport, Mitchell, A.C.T., C1-1

journal article

Splash!: A prospective birth cohort study of the impact of environmental, social and family-level influences on child oral health and obesity related risk factors and outcomes

A De Silva-Sanigorski, E Waters, H Calache, M Smith, L Gold, M Gussy, A Scott, K Lacy, M Virgo-Milton

(2011), Vol. 11, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

Analysis of critical features for establishing a monitoring system for childhood obesity : Monitoring system design

P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, E Leslie, K Lacy, L Jones

(2011), Geelong, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Analysis of critical features for establishing a monitoring system for childhood obesity : ethics assessment : report 2

P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, E Leslie, K Lacy, L Jones

(2011), Geelong, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Analysis of critical features for establishing a monitoring system for childhood obesity : feedback systems : report 3

P Kremer, A de Silva-Sanigorski, E Leslie, K Lacy, L Jones

(2011), Geelong, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2010

Reductions in dietary energy density to moderate children's energy intake

B Rolls, K Leahy

(2010), pp. 543-554, Obesity prevention : the role of brain and society on individual behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

book chapter
2008

Reducing the energy density of multiple meals decreases the energy intake of preschool-age children

K Leahy, L Birch, B Rolls

(2008), Vol. 88, pp. 1459-1468, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, C1-1

journal article

Reductions in entrée energy density increase children's vegetable intake and reduce energy intake

K Leahy, L Birch, J Fisher, B Rolls

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 1559-1565, Obesity, C1-1

journal article

Reducing the Energy Density of an Entrée Decreases Children's Energy Intake at Lunch

K Leahy, L Birch, B Rolls

(2008), Vol. 108, pp. 41-48, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2020

Alissa Jane Burnett

Thesis entitled: Parenting styles and their associations with the dietary intakes of children

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

2017

Eloise Annette Fletcher

Thesis entitled: Sedentary Behaviour and Cardiometabolic Health in Adolescents: Role of Diet

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Yu Qing Low

Thesis entitled: The Associations between Sweet Taste Function, Oral Complex Carbohydrate Sensitivity, Dietary Intake Patterns and Body Composition

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Siobhan Anne O'Halloran

Thesis entitled: Dietary sources and assessment of sodium and potassium intakes in Australian preschool aged children

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences